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The intention of this project was to create a prototype emergency kit that would be dropped from a high distance to individuals who may be encountering a natural disaster. Our emergency kit was designed for a wildfire, and includes everything someone would need to survive for a 72 hour period.

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Before designing the actual emergency kit,
our process started with research. We sent out a survey to gather information about emergency preparedness. The survey asked individuals if they
felt prepared for various natural disasters, and what they would expect or want to be inside of an emergency kit.

Following the survey, we took participant responses and created an affinity map to organize the themes we received from responses. Using the map, we were able to conceptualize the responses, and therefore design what the kit should look like and include.

This is how our kit functions.

There are 6 pouches that roll onto one another, like an orange. There's a book with procedural information, and an info card guiding you where to start.

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After we designed and built our kit, it was time to drop it and see how it survived.

To help our kit stay intact during the drop, we added a parachute to create drag, we also added a crumple zone, which was designed to be destroyed during the drop.

Because of the parachute, crumple zone, and the strong integrity of the kit, our kit survived the drop! We didn't find any inner or outer damages to the kit post-drop.

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