When we were all kids, our parents taught us simple safety rules. Stop, drop, and roll. Donâ€™t talk to strangers. Use the crosswalk when walking across a street. And when we were in elementary school, we were taught to rally at the flag pole or at the edge of the playfield during emergencies. As adults we have a basic understanding of what needs to be done during an emergency, but where do we rally when an event occurs? Sector 10, Inc. (SECT.OB) is on a mission to provide everyday adults with a place to converge when an emergency does happen.
Sector 10 has created a line of stationary response units (SRU) that can be strategically placed in any building. Based upon the traffic pattern of a facility, Sector 10 can customize an SRU for every floor. Apartment buildings have fewer people per square foot than an office building; therefore more materials should be stocked in an SRU placed in a work space. In addition to storing biological masks, the units also include items that people generally do not carry with them on a daily basis, such as leather gloves, flashlights, and a small supply of water and food. To assist rescue workers, an extra firemanâ€™s air tank is also a part of each SRU.
Some might question how anyone would know where to find the SRU during an emergency. Every hotel room has a map on the door that shows where the nearest fire extinguisher and stairwell is located. Malls have maps showing visitors where each store, elevator, and stairwell is situated. A legend for these maps can be modified to include where an SRU is located. While general visitors may not know what is in an SRU, Sector 10 includes training in the last phase of equipment deployment. Facility personnel such as security guards, office workers, and store clerks can quickly be provided with the basic information on how the SRU works. But even with no training, the units have been built with an easy interactive screen.
Once people have assembled around an SRU, they can communicate with rescue workers outside the facility. Oftentimes during an emergency, phone lines and cellular service are the first things to stop working. Each SRU has a visual touch screen and 2-way communication system where people inside a building can receive information, as well as instructions. The ability for responders to communicate directly with people inside a building or facility is a major gap that the pre-deployed units fill. Given the proper instructions, there is a greater possibility that those inside can safely make it through an emergency.
Pericles DeAvila, founder of Sector 10, hopes that every high-rise building will consider equipping each floor with an SRU. Computers and buildings can be rebuilt, but people are irreplaceable.
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