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When the nice man at your office tells you he doesn't like you and he would rather sleep under a bridge than see a film with you, you have two options. You can go home, eat ice cream and cry, or you can go to the gym, eat some sorbet and become a better person. The same is applicable to natural disasters. People can cry for the cities crumbled by plight or  learn from disasters to develop new strengths. The "Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery" is an example of preparing for tragedy, based on the problems caused by the recent earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

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Shelter and warmth are two basic elements of survival, and yet when Mother Nature has one of her mood swings, even our basic comforts are lost. Commencing as a memorial token for those lost in the Kobe Earthquake of 1995, the project followed a more functional approach when creator Hikaru was inspired by his mother's volunteer efforts last March.

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"When houses have been destroyed through disaster, we will have to be housed in refugee-camps, possibly for as long as several months, until temporary houses are built. In such harsh condition, people are more likely to become ill, due to the mental stress and exhaustion encountered. Therefore, warming your body, as well as having access to hot meals, can provide mental encouragement."

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"Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery is a set of emergency items, which can help to reduce the negative effects of refuge life. Made from an oil drum, it can simply be transformed into stove: to heat, to boil water and to cook (freeze-dried rice is included). The drums can be kept at municipal storage facilities, company offices and other such places. When a disaster happens, they can effectively be transported to the areas affected. The standardized drums are easy to carry, and can be transformed into wooden fuel cooking stoves without much effort. Once the need for them has passed, the pots can be reused in new drums."

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Hikaru Imamura.

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