The Life Saver

The inflatable, wearable, trackable, affordable, lifebelt

The Problem

  • "Inland flooding is the leading weather-related cause of death in the U.S."
  • In floods like the ones after Hurricane Katrina the rescuers couldn't find everyone
  • People couldn't swim- People were trapped in their houses and on their roofs.
  • Cell phones and land lines were not working for people to find each other

Our Solution

Our solution was to create inflatable lifebelt that was...
  • Wearable
  • Affordable
  • Trackable
  • Easy to use
In our research we found out that our idea for the wearable lifebelt was already reality, so we decided to add a whole new feature by adding an emergency locator beacon. The emergency beacon in a flood would send a signal to a satellite which would send it to rescue stations so the rescuers would know where to find the people. We also thought of ways to make our belt more affordable for everyone because the price would vary based on your income. It's also very easy to use. You can either manually inflate it or if submerged, the belt would automatically inflate. Also there would be different sizes for adults children and even pets.

Who we Shared our Solution With

  • DCDS Sailing Team (Our lifebelts would be great on boats too!)
  • Dr. Lynn Frikker, Doctor of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Responder during Hurricane Katrina
  • Dan Hagen, Logistics Coordinator for Michigan's National Disaster Management Team and Retired Chief, Eastpointe Fire & Rescue

Our Sources

The LifeSavers

Detroit Country Day Middle School

Team 17825