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Monday, November 21, 2005

North Face & K.E.R. Nationwide Gear Drop for Quake Victims

Following note comes from the team at Kashmir Earthquake Relief:

There's a North Face/K.E.R nationwide Gear Drop to benefit victims of the October 8, 2005 earthquake in Kashmir from Nov. 18-23. The quake killed more than 87,000 people and left more than 3 million people homeless. Now, a deadly Himalayan winter is fast approaching. The UN was warned that more than 500,000 more people could die from cold and starvation in Kashmir.

The Gear Drop is an opportunity for people to help at the local level across the USA to respond to the approaching threat of a second wave of tragic deaths. This specific effort will direct aid to the most at-risk communities in the quake-hit region of Kashmir. This area can only be reached by traversing over a snowbound 12,500 foot Himalayan Mountain pass.

National collection of tents, sleeping bags, bags, jackets and work gloves to be delivered to Kashmir earthquake victims. You can donate gear or purchase special donation discounted new gear for the quake victims. For all details and donation locations go here. To see a Flash presentation about this human tragedy or to learn more K.E.R. about go here. THIS IS A PREVENTABLE DISASTER - IF WE ACT NOW. So please donate and spread the word. Help us get aid to the victims!
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Blogger caferush said :

Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005
EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS

Here below is a true Innovative Emergency Shelter for
Quake Survivors. It has been time-tested in frigid
winters, costs nothing to build, and the recipe can be
quickly given to a million or more people at a time.
And we are grimly aware that Time is of the essence!
As you must know, 140,000 people are stranded above
the snowline in the Pakistani Himalayan Mountains
without access to shelter. Snow may fall anytime and
trap hundreds of thousands who will freeze to death.
"The international community lacks full comprehension
of the catastrophe that is looming large," said the UN
chief aid coordinator, Rashid Khalikov, in
Muzaffarabad.
Igloos of snow cost nothing and would give every
family a cozy and relatively warm, sturdy place to
live immediately and are practical for extreme
conditions. There are not enough ordinary tents to go
around and not enough donated money to purchase them.
Donations are dramatically less than expected due to
donor fatigue from the effects of the other recent
catastrophes.
The igloo floors could be laid from concrete and stone
debris and would act to store the tiny inside fire's
heat to warm the freezing nights. These Inuit and
Eskimo traditional techniques would definitely work
well and would risk no one's life from heavy building
materials falling due to hasty construction by
first-time builders. Aid workers say that the first
significant snow of the winter is expected in about
two weeks, exposing an estimated 2.7 million homeless
people to the threat of hunger and hypothermia.
I propose that millions of simple lightweight instructional leaflets be
printed immediately in native languages with drawings
from the websites listed below. The leaflets and other
bundles can be airdropped over survivor's camps for
access to ancient forgotten tribal techniques of
living in frigid snowy climes. Your bilingual workers
would need to translate the package of instructions
for igloo building technology.
Since smaller helicopters can only carry about 165
lbs. in the thin air of the Himalayans, larger
military planes would be needed to drop these
supplies. I recommend water cans, water purification
tablets, dried foodstuffs, long barbecue lighters and
machetes (as snow knives) to cut snow blocks. Waste
wooden building materials could be split with the
machete also and used to produce heat inside the
igloos. Also sheets, woolen and space blankets would
be vital as the temperature would be about 33 degrees
inside the igloo.
The main goal is now to help people hold on a few more
weeks until mountain roads reaching nearest staging
points can be restored by the Pakistani military.
Please look up the following web sites for pictures
and descriptions of how to build igloos:
Igloo -- the Traditional Arctic Snow DomeThe
Interviews
http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cape_dorset/dwell1.html
http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cape_dorset/dwell2.html
http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cape_dorset/inter.html
http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cape_dorset/dwell3.html
"After the key block has been inserted the hut is
tightly sealed and a lamp is kindled inside. The
heated air, having no exit, begins to melt the face of
the snow blocks, which rapidly congreals again on
admission of cold air from the outside. Ths each snow
block is firmly cemented in place and converted to ice
on its inner face. Occupation for a few days then
gradually changes the interiors of the blocks, so that
the structure is no longer a snow house but a house of
ice. The transformation gives it remarkable stability;
a man can stand on the summit without causing
collapse, and half the house can be destroyed without
destroying the other half. Consequently by building a
series of intersecting domes and omitting or opening
up the common segments, an Eskimo can enlarge a small
circular hut capable of housing only 1 or 2 families
into a community dwelling of 3, 4 or 5 rooms that will
house 15 or 20 people."
"...men would take their snow knife and go to their
prepared snow field. Once there, starting from the
edge they start cutting snow blocks. The packed snow
had hardened from the combination of stomp packing and
freezing.
Our forefathers survived because they were prepared to
live in this type of environment with tools as crude
as they may have been."

James D. Peck, Inventor

November 21, 2005 10:14 PM  
Blogger caferush said :

Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005

From: James Peck
Subject: S.E. ASIA EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS

EMERGENCY: PLEASE ACT SWIFTLY!

ATT: Director of S.E. ASIA EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS

Dear Director,

Here below is a true Innovative Emergency Shelter for

Quake Survivors. It has been time-tested in frigid

winters, costs nothing to build, and the recipe can be

quickly given to a million or more people at a time.

And we are grimly aware that Time is of the essence!

As you must know, 140,000 people are stranded above

the snowline in the Pakistani Himalayan Mountains

without access to shelter and 2.7 million are without shelter.

Snow may fall anytime and

trap hundreds of thousands who will freeze to death.

"The international community lacks full comprehension

of the catastrophe that is looming large," said the UN

chief aid coordinator, Rashid Khalikov, in

Muzaffarabad.

Igloos of snow cost nothing and would give every

family a cozy and relatively warm, sturdy place to

live immediately and are practical for extreme

conditions. There are not enough ordinary tents to go

around and not enough donated money to purchase them.

Donations are dramatically less than expected due to

donor fatigue from the effects of the other recent

catastrophes.

The igloo floors could be laid from concrete and stone

debris and would act to store the tiny inside fire's

heat to warm the freezing nights. These Inuit and

Eskimo traditional techniques would definitely work

well and would risk no one's life from heavy building

materials falling due to hasty construction by

first-time builders. Aid workers say that the first

significant snow of the winter is expected in about

two weeks, exposing millions of homeless

people to the threat of hunger and hypothermia.

I propose that millions of simple lightweight instructional leaflets be

printed immediately in native languages with drawings

from the websites listed below. The leaflets and other

bundles can be airdropped over survivor's camps for

access to ancient forgotten tribal techniques of

living in frigid snowy climes. Your bilingual workers

would need to translate the package of instructions

for igloo building technology.

Since smaller helicopters can only carry about 165

lbs. in the thin air of the Himalayans, larger

military planes would be needed to drop these

supplies. I recommend water cans, water purification

tablets, dried foodstuffs, long barbecue lighters and

machetes (as snow knives) to cut snow blocks. Waste

wooden building materials could be split with the

machete also and used to produce heat inside the

igloos. Also sheets, woolen and space blankets would

be vital as the temperature would be about 33 degrees

inside the igloo.

The main goal is now to help people hold on a few more

weeks until mountain roads reaching nearest staging

points can be restored by the Pakistani military.

Please look up the following web sites for pictures

and descriptions of how to build igloos:

Igloo -- the Traditional Arctic Snow DomeThe

Interviews

http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cape_dorset/dwell1.html

http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cape_dorset/dwell2.html

http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cape_dorset/inter.html

http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cape_dorset/dwell3.html

"After the key block has been inserted the hut is

tightly sealed and a lamp is kindled inside. The

heated air, having no exit, begins to melt the face of

the snow blocks, which rapidly congreals again on

admission of cold air from the outside. Ths each snow

block is firmly cemented in place and converted to ice

on its inner face. Occupation for a few days then

gradually changes the interiors of the blocks, so that

the structure is no longer a snow house but a house of

ice. The transformation gives it remarkable stability;

a man can stand on the summit without causing

collapse, and half the house can be destroyed without

destroying the other half. Consequently by building a

series of intersecting domes and omitting or opening

up the common segments, an Eskimo can enlarge a small

circular hut capable of housing only 1 or 2 families

into a community dwelling of 3, 4 or 5 rooms that will

house 15 or 20 people."

"...men would take their snow knife and go to their

prepared snow field. Once there, starting from the

edge they start cutting snow blocks. The packed snow

had hardened from the combination of stomp packing and

freezing.

Our forefathers survived because they were prepared to

live in this type of environment with tools as crude

as they may have been."

God Speed,

James D. Peck, Inventor

P.S. Please respond with e-mail or call me at (978)

546-5217 to let me know how the plan worked out if you

move forward with it. I will try to be available if

you have questions.

- - - - - - - - -

Sender's name: James D. Peck

Sender's email: caferush2@yahoo.com

November 21, 2005 10:34 PM  
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