After Typhoon Ondoy, Danvic Briones set out to make the ultimate accessory in disaster preparedness.
Danvic now calls it the Rescue 72 Vest Bag, a “grab-and-go” kit he says can store three days worth of basic supplies one needs in time of disaster.
It took him two years and ten prototypes before he finally settled on a commercial product. The Rescue Vest Bag looks like your ordinary life vest but with modular or detachable parts that can be customized according to the user’s preference.
The idea behind his product came up after he saw a family stranded on top of their house and then washed away by the rushing flood. That was around two years ago when Typhoon Ondoy -one of the worst natural disasters in the last few years – struck Metro Manila.
The Rescue 72 Vest Bag has three major components: the multi-tool kit, first aid kit and the personal hygiene kit. All three provide basic necessities like whistles, distress light, basic medicine and items for hygiene, which should be provided in evacuation centers but are often taken for granted.
Despite its numerous components, the bag is lightweight but can carry up to 30 pounds. It also features a floatation function and a cord which can be latched either on a sturdy ramp or to the vest of another to keep everyone connected or avoid from being swept by rushing flood waters.