New Floating Tsunami Shelter Concept

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Brahman Industries, LLC announced today it has received seed funding of up to $125,000 from Estabrook Ventures, a Waltham, Massachusetts venture fund. Brahman is developing an innovative tsunami and flood shelter system that promises to revolutionize how governments and industries address these natural threats. The proceeds will be used to advance the development of the final engineering designs and to seek partners worldwide. The company also announced plans to conduct research and development and prototype testing in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The STATIM (acronym for Storm, Tornado And Tsunami Interconnected Modules) Shelter consists of an enclosable hull comprised of a series of precast, lightweight concrete modules, similar to very large concrete pipes. Once assembled, it provides a water-tight environment with buoyancy and self-righting capability. Inside, the shelters are equipped with secure seating for an average of 50 occupants, ventilation, and various options of survival supplies capable of sustaining the occupants during and after a disaster, and until rescue resources can assist. It is the equivalent of an “inland life boat”. This cost-effective technology, capable of being produced in mass, has been issued a U.S. patent, with 14 international patents pending.

A variant of this technology, the STATIM Genset Pod, is being designed to provide for a resilient emergency power generating source capable of surviving the most extreme conditions, including fire and an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). Applications for this variant include many critical infrastructure such as communications and nuclear power facilities.

“There are thousands of islands, communities and coastal resorts around the world where topography, proximity faults, remoteness, or lack of vertical evacuation alternatives make them extremely vulnerable to the devastation of such events,” explained Miguel Serrano, CEO of Brahman. “The STATIM Shelter is a feasible solution for their safety and peace of mind. It is a straight forward approach which already represents a major breakthrough in natural disaster preparedness.”

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