Pinoy entrepreneur designs all-in-one life vest and survival kit
(SPOT.ph) After Typhoon Ondoy struck in 2009, Filipino entrepreneur Danvic Briones decided to design a wearable survival kit and life vest called Rescue 72, reports ABS-CBN News. Described as the "ultimate must-have when it comes to disaster preparedness," the buoyant water-proof vest is adorned with pockets that could be filled with 30 to 50 pounds of personal belongings.
In an interview with GMA News, Briones said he designed the "vest bag" to hold items that could help the wearer survive for three days (72 hours). "Ideally, it takes three days for a person to be rescued," he said. He recommends filling the front compartments with first-aid and tool kits, flashlights, and snacks. There's also space for a one-liter bottle of water and a mobile phone. The vest comes with an attachable whistle, reflectors, and a rain hood. A tube tent, which can serve as a makeshift shelter or blanket, is hidden inside one of the pockets, as well.
According to Briones, the vest’s weight is centered, making it seem lighter. The pockets could also be removed depending on the wearer. A kid’s version with less tools and compartments is also available. "’Pag hindi ka ganoon ka-handa, mabilis mag-panic... ’Pag ready ka, may presence of mind, mas OK ang percentage ng survival, mas mataas (If you’re not prepared, you panic easily. When you’re ready, you have presence of mind and that means the chances that you’ll survive are higher)," he said.
Rescue 72 vest bags are sold for P6,000 (adults) and P4,500 (child), reports Yahoo! News. "Even if you don't have the resources to buy these kinds of kits, what's important is that you find the means to improvise what you have for you and your family's safety," he said.
Danvic Briones explains his ultimate life vest.