Competition Details

ERU [Emergency Response Unit]

by Jason Higbee

The two-unit ERU (Emergency Response Unit) is designed to act as a civil recovery shelter with universal transportation and delivery options. The base unit focuses on re-establishing core support services in response to a broad spectrum of catastrophic events. Expansion units may be attached as necessary to provide additional area and support, or used independently as a limited function, stand-alone shelter.
Construction is based on a standard 6m/20’ ocean freight container; easily transported internationally. ERUs would be mass produced in a production line, and could be customized for specific applications. The durable shell protects the unit and its contents during storage and transit. Transport possibilities include truck, ship, train, helicopter, and cargo plane, (via parachute). Delivery and re-location may be provided by commercial dumpster trucks, presently located in many parts of the world.
Upon delivery, a communications tower is raised and the ERU’s steel or composite container shell folds open to provide covered outdoor space, a communications bay, medical bay, and sleeping loft. Skylights and translucent enclosure materials provide natural light in addition to onboard light sources. Expansion units may be connected in parallel to the base unit for additional medical, storage, or accommodation needs.
Inside the ERU, a battery bank / fuel cell is charged with roof mounted photovoltaics and a backup generator. The HVAC unit provides climate control when needed and the food and water module provides basic food supplies and preparation; the computer stations and communications bay assist in tracking potential dangers and coordinating recovery efforts. The medical bay may serve as a triage or operation room and could be sealed off from the central ERU if necessary.
Once the ERUs have fulfilled their duty, they fold for security and transit, and may be retrieved, cleaned and re-socked in preparation for future catastrophic events.