SHELTER-IN-PLACE controls the patent for a portable product, specifically designed for the public, that can protect each individual from the dangers of radiation, Ebola virus, Sarin or Anthrax, common Chlorine gas from an overturned truck or railroad tanker car, smoke (house or wild fire), a storm blown wall of water causing disasters in its path or a terrorist / “sleeper cell” trained to carry and release airborne viruses or deadly contact poisons at public gathering points of civilians.
This new product design ranges from a small inflatable enclosure for individuals with a small child or companion pet up to an enclosure for 2 to 200 people. The product will be manufactured by Supergum Industries, an Israeli company that has over 50+ years in manufacturing personal protective equipment for both its civilian and military population with worldwide distribution. Supergum will test the product at every stage of manufacture, have it tested by their labs and bring it to the US for testing to meet the standards of the US military labs and NIOSH. Supergum can manufacture 200,000 Belt Packs per month.
The introductory product is called BELT PACK. The Belt Pack is a fanny pack that includes the inflatable clear enclosure along with available compartments for an individual’s personal items such as a cell phone, keys, identification, wallet, etc. It offers simple and quick deployment: The inflatable enclosure is pulled out of the Belt Pack and over the upper torso and cinched tight at the waist. The enclosure is inflated by exterior air which is forced through the CBRN filter by the air pump and into the enclosure thereby inflating it. Full deployment of the Belt Pack takes about 1-minute and will keep the occupant(s) safe for 3-hours. The patent is defined as an internal space created by an impermeable membrane that is inflated by external air being drawn inside, passed through a filter for the occupant to breathe while are free on the inside to operate the air pump.
Why do we need Shelter-In-Place? Today we live in a world where the reality of fear combined with the actual dangers (“9/11” in New York; the Middle East, etc.) lurks every day in our minds not only because of the actual incidents but as it is continuously revisited in news reports on television, radio and print. Today, the fear of poison gas, radiation blown by the wind or viruses unintentionally spread by cough or touch is a reality in the US and globally.
The medical community is the first line of defense because once the fear becomes the reality from an event, the first call is to 911 for First Responders, emergency rooms of the 5,723 hospitals, simply the medical community. The medical community studies prevention, cure and care for all dangers but does not have a role in preventing an unknown, unseen and air-borne danger nor are most hospitals prepared to treat/handle these types of incidents.
The medical community has had a role in the introduction of life jackets on a boat, seat belts and air-bags in a car, oxygen masks in airplanes and the array of antibiotic creams and bandages, it also has a role of introducing and recommending best practices in medical offices and in the home; today that is Shelter-In-Place. The public would never prepare in advance for such a need until the urgency manifested itself, unless it was suggested by the medical community during its 2-billion annual patient visits. For example, the nuclear energy industry develops dangerous radiation as a by-product of producing useful energy for communities across the states and around the world. However, it is only the nuclear industry (nuclear power plants) that is regulated and required to protect the public within the EPZ (Emergency Planning Zone) an area of 10-miles around such facility. For instance, in Pennsylvania there are 631,000 people living in an EPZ and there are 118,116 people in Tennessee who live within an EPZ (two nuclear power stations). However, none of these people are individually protected even though it is required by Federal law (HR 5629) to do so (the US has 4.1 million residents living in an EPZ).
GRASSO ASSOCIATES will license its Shelter In Place technology to other existing, experienced manufacturers to develop and market their own brand of this patented technology. If interested, please call 386-597-3134 (Craig Germain) or send an email to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and request licensing information.
Freedom is what is at stake. People are the focal point (target), not buildings. If people can “Shelter-In-Place”, the easy target is removed and freedom is safeguarded. The luxuries of shopping malls, business towers and vacations are the likely next target, but if people can really “Shelter-In-Place”, the effects will be minimalized. Poison gas, smoke, viruses are easy to deliver and they will make startling news images with resulting effect of fear will keep people home. Economies will wither. But, a proactive move by putting something actually in the hands of people, enabling them to be prepared, will send a positive message to the voters and underscore that this fight is real and everyone’s business.
Protect lives of the general public from airborne radiation, viruses, poison gas and smoke whether from natural causes, accidents or terrorism, the consequences are the same. We cannot predict or prevent, but we can be prepared. Consider: Chlorine gas is used and stored across the USA and represents a hazardous material threat from industrial accidents and as a terrorist weapon. During Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007), insurgents in Iraq executed multiple attacks using chlorine tanker trucks with explosives killing thousands. During October 2014, Kurdish officials and doctors said they believed ISIS militants had released chlorine gas in an eastern district of Kobani. These unorthodox, but easy, delivery methods demonstrate a willingness by extremist groups to use chlorine in heavily populated areas and highlight the relative ease in acquiring large quantities. Weaponized chlorine has clearly been shown to result in significant morbidity, mortality, and societal impact and if such an attack in the downtown of a large North American city would cause thousands of casualties and overwhelm emergency rooms.
The product is effective, inexpensive, portable, easy/quick to use, tested & licensed and reusable. The waist “Belt Pack” is opened, pulled over the upper torso, cinched tight at the waist, switched “on” and enclosure inflates with CBRN filtered air; the occupant is safe (fully deployed in less than 1-minute).
A companion product, an enhanced cell phone with the ability to “sniff” out explosives, poison gas and other similar threats, may soon be available. The cell phone will ring, display the threat on its screen, automatically dial 911 to alert First Responders and provide them the GPS coordinates.
These two products will put the public in a first-alert position and/or enable them to Shelter-In-Place dramatically reducing their target value to the enemy.
The product (an inflated encapsulating enclosure) is patented.
A two-pronged distribution campaign: First: Begin with the medical community and the nuclear power industry which, by law, has adopted a policy of “Shelter-In-Place” within a 10-mile radius (Exposure Protection Zone, “EPZ”) of every nuclear power facility. For example, Pennsylvania has 631,000 people living within the state’s EPZ and, in the USA, 4.1 million people live within an EPZ. A “Belt Pack” enclosure can be deployed in less than 1-minute. Second: Engage DHS to supply Belt Packs to Malls, transportation terminals, education facilities, worship facilities, entertainment venues including cruise lines and suggest to car manufactures that they be under each seat. Third: Upon public awareness and expressed concern, market directly to the public at large regarding other threats (smoke, contagious viruses and poison and nerve gas caused by accident and/or terrorists in confined spaces like airplanes, schools, subways, entertainment venues, office buildings, etc.).
Israel has a long history of fear of its neighbors. Supergum Industries (an Israeli manufacturer) has a long history of producing similar products and has agreed to design, manufacture, test (to USA standards) and deliver the “Belt Pack” in 4-6 months. Supergum has the capacity to deliver 200,000 Belt Packs per month. Grasso Associates has developed a licensing program for all other experienced manufactures who are invited to contact Grasso Associates and help supply the USA public be protected either directly or through Federal, State and local governments, the medical community and First Responders. Phase two of this product development will be to add a new production facility in the United States to keep up with demand. The production of each Belt Pack and its other related products are reasonable labor intensive, the number of jobs and manufacturing space required will be significant.
Jim Grasso, President and Chairman of the Board, with long standing business and political contacts, will manage the marketing, advertising and branding of the product. Craig Germain (inventor), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, is an experienced leader and manager who will guide day-to-day company operations. Supergum Industries has agreed to accept orders (direct, indirect and via internet), manufacture and deliver the product.
OVERVIEW: Shelter-In-Place (“SIP”) is a new personal protection has grown from a patent! SIP is a portable, inflatable, quickly deployable, impermeable enclosure that is an easy-to-use enclosure which protects its occupant(s) from poison gasses, radiation, smoke and contagious diseases by a battery powered blower pulling exterior air and forcing it into the enclosure through a CBRN air filter. SIP is being developed in two initial product lines:
These two enclosure products will be first introduced to and sold to governmental entities tasked with protecting residents and visitors in the USA from diseases, radiation leaks, smoke and poison gas. Whether the threats are the result of an accident or an intentional terrorist action, our government must be ready to protect its’ citizens including those in the medical, energy, education, and travel industries. If not proactively protected, the daily activities of 2,000,000 air-travelers, 50,000,000 students, 120,000,000 business commuters, 11,000 new born babies and innumerable shoppers and spectators will instantly effect countless innocent victims. For example, each nuclear power plant is required, by law, to protect everyone within a 10-mile wide area (“Plume Pathway Protection Zone”) extending from the nuclear power plant. These facilities are aging and many are built near fault lines. On average, there are 4-million people in each such zone (109 nuclear Power Plants in the US). Although the law is clear in its guidance to protect residents in the PPPZ, the only protection currently offered the public, thus far, is a vague concept referred to as “Shelter-In-Place” hence, everyone is on their own. Until now!
Because SIP (Shelter-In-Place’s Belt Pack) has moved from the concept stage to product stage, distribution can easily be achieved through hospitals to their patients upon discharge as they do in Israel, or from a physician suggesting proactive prevention. Serious planning is being given to having SIP incorporated into a book-bag, back-pack, briefcase, carry-on, “hoodie”, purse or carried in its own container and sold through firms such as Staples, Amazon, to enable the public to protect themselves. A larger versions of the SIP, called the SIP Tent, can be used by a family, squad or any other group for proactive, instant, and spontaneous protection is also being designed.
SIP was envisioned, developed and patented (2010), following the terrorist attacks in the USA on 9-11, by entrepreneur, seasoned inventor, Craig D. Germain. SIP is now being introduced to governmental agencies by Grasso Associates. SIP’s purpose is to create an immediate, safe, separate environment for an individual (and infant or companion pet), family or group. Inside the enclosure, the occupant(s) will have access to the enclosure’s equipment that maintains the safe environment from a poison gas leak, virus or terrorist gas attack. SIP will remain inflated using exterior CBRN-filtered air thereby keeping the occupant fully encapsulated and protected from air contaminated by poison gas (chemical, biological, radiation, nuclear), contageious disease, smoke or virus threat. SIP will provide sufficient time for occupants to escape or remain calm (sheltering in place) while waiting to be rescued or for the threat to subside (about 3 hours). Some poison gasses cause blisters on the skin resulting in a deadly reaction without ever entering a human’s respiratory system. Therefore, an enclosure of the upper body, separating it from the exterior environment by an inflatable enclosure via an air-blower and CBRN-filter is the only reasonable, responsible protective solution. The inflated prototype SIP (shown here) illustrates the simple, self-contained, light-weight, ease of use and mobility. SIP will initially be available in three designs: Upper Body, Full Body and Tent. The Upper Body style is designed to be an immediate quick “pull-over” the person’s head and shoulders and drawn tight (enclosed) at the waist and inflated. The Full Body style is intended for longer term use when slightly more time is available for the potential victim to “suit up”. The Tent contemplates use for groups (family, squad, car load, business and schools).
The upper part of the SIP (upper torso) is absolutely clear in order to reduce any clauestrophobic sensation to the occupant, large enough to accommodate an infant or companion pet, allow the occupant to understand what is happening all around, have clear vision for mobility, sufficient interior space to communicate using a cell phone, adjust clothes, and allow First Responders to communicate and gain an immediate understanding of the condition of the occupant.
SIP enables a person to remain mobile and to escape from ANY threat coming their direction. The smooth plastic material allows for the occupant, in the full body enclosure, to remove their shoes (photograph on right), prior to getting into the SIP and once in, put their shoes back on. Shoes may also be worn on the outside without tearing the suit. Hence, the occupant can be comfortable and walk to safety!
The cost of the SIP is a major factor – it MUST be low cost and affordable to the vast consumer market for mass distribution and deployment by institutions (hospitals) and First Responders. SIPs design and use of well-tested components has accomplished the goal.
THE PATENT AND IT'S USES IN THE LAYMAN'S TERMS:
Inflatable Protective Enclosure Patent (7712151)
This is a synopsis with guidelines to help team members determine if another protective enclosure is infringing on our May 2010 Inflatable Protective Enclosure patent (7712151). Using the language included in the claims of the patent, here is what to look for: A fully or partially encapsulated human by a protective enclosure comprised of an impermeable membrane, cinched tight at the waist, with the occupant’s head, upper torso with the arms freely able to move about inside of the enclosure thereby making the interior pump operable by the occupant, and the first enclosure expanded by a second impermeable membrane seamed to the first membrane by a resealable seam (zipper) that probably runs diagonally across the enclosure enabling ingress and egress.
Below are the Patent’s actual Claims (boldface) to illustrate their application in the development of our product (Shelter-In-Place’s Life Suit):
Claim 1 of the patent, reads: “An enclosure capable of protecting at least one individual from a contaminated environment, comprising: a flexible gas and water impermeable membrane that defines an internal space enclosing at least a portion of at least one individual (upper-body), the impermeable membrane comprising a first impermeable membrane that encompasses a head, arms and an upper torso of at least one individual and a second impermeable membrane sealed to the first impermeable membrane portion that encompasses a lower torso of at least one individual (full-body)”.
Simply, the above patent’s claim begins by providing protection for a portion of an individual and enabling expansion of the first enclosure to fully protect the whole human body. The claim of an upper torso enclosure (containing the pump, inlet port, filter, head, torso and freely moveable arms and cinched closed at the bottom) as a stand-alone protective enclosure. The first enclosure is also able to be manufactured into a larger enclosure by incorporating the initial protective enclosure (upper body) and a second comparable membrane (lower torso) sealed to the first membrane by a resealable zipper (providing ingress / egress) which is generally known today as a totally encapsulating full-body enclosure. The “second comparable membrane” allows for expansion of the enclosure to the whole body, a small group like a “squad” or a larger group like a platoon or a field hospital, etc.
Another analysis of Claim 1 might be to illustrate the “claim” differently:
Claim 9-13. A gas monitor with visual gauge and alarm that monitors gas within the internal space of the enclosure.
Claim 15. The enclosure of claim 1, wherein the first impermeable membrane is adapted such that the arms of at least one individual are freely moveable within the internal space.
Claim 7. The enclosure of Claim 1, wherein the membrane includes a resealable opening for allowing at least one individual to enter the enclosure and thereafter seal the opening.
*Sealed is either by a cinched drawstring around the waist and otherwise observed and achieved by a long re-sealable zipper traversing diagonally across either the front or the back of the enclosure thereby connecting the second membrane to the first membrane achieving a totally encapsulating full-body enclosure.
The reason that the lower membrane must be “sealed to the first” is to enable the occupant(s) to breathe and have access to the contents of the first enclosure, provide ingress/egress to the enclosure and become one enclosure because the second membrane (enlargement area) cannot exist by itself without the breathing mechanism (pump, inlet port, filter) of the first membrane (upper-body enclosure) as set forth in the remainder of Claim 1.Therefore, an encapsulating inflatable protective enclosure that encapsulates a portion of or the whole individual within an inflated space that includes the pump with the occupant’s arms to freely move about the inside of the enclosure thereby making the pump operable by the occupant is most likely a literal infringement of the Shelter-In-Place Life Suit’s May 2010 patent. In addition to a “literal” infringement is the Doctrine of Equivalents under patent law, which in summary states: If it performs substantially the same function, in substantially the same way and yields substantially the same results, it too likely infringes on the patent. See e.g., Ring & Pinion Service, Inc. v. ARB Corporation Ltd, U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit), No. 2013-1238, February 19, 2014.
SHELTER-IN-PLACE’S BELT PACK. The reusable “BELT PACK” can save you and your small child’s life from a Nuclear reactor radiation leak or an air-borne virus (Ebola, measles), toxic substance (petroleum), poison gas (terrorism) and smoke (house, building or outdoor wild fire). The rigorously tested, very portable and very safe BELT PACK contains an inflatable upper torso enclosure in which to shelter-in-place. It is inexpensive, 7-year shelf life and deployable in 1-minute.
UPON THREAT, INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:
We may not want to lead with this but just an upper torso version (to keep entry level cost down).
Top Pocket. 1. Unzip top pocket. 2. Remove the face masks and put them on yourself and small child. 3. Remove the Visor Cap and put it snugly on your head. 4. Turn “on” the pumps red power switch.
Buckle (“click” together around waist) Adjustable Side Straps (pull tight after “clicking” the buckle) Side Pockets (Keys, cell-phone, money, wallet, identification, etc.)
Bottom Pocket. 5. Pull out and extend the blue air-supply tube to its full length and put the plastic cluster on top of the Visor Cap. 6. Pull the contents of the plastic cluster down over the Visor Cap, head, over shoulders and arms (upper torso) and let hang. Feel the cool air around your face. 7. Pull the orange air intake tube out and extend it below and outside the clear plastic enclosure. 8. Pull out the second plastic cluster and open it to encapsulate your legs. Adjust the pressure sharing tube between the first and second impermeable membranes. Pull the elastic enhanced second enclosure drawstring tight. . Pull the elastic enhanced draw string of the upper enclosure tight, sealed over the lower draw string. Do not enclose the orange air intake tube. Occupant is fully encapsulated and completely safe.
Distribution channels would normally be easy to determine, but in this instance there are conflicting factors complicating the delivery plan. The psyche of most people, unfortunately, is that their personal safety is the job of someone else or solving a problem after it has manifested. However, if one waits until he/she is faced with the threat, it will be too late. Genuine fear will motivate others who have not been part of a terrorist attack, or exposed to a contagious deadly virus, to acquire a SIP. The leadership role and those elected or appointed to be concerned about public safety are those who can make the concept of “Shelter-In-Place” become an available reality. From the charts below, the medical community is shown to be a natural first source through which to introduce the SIP. When a disaster occurs, it is the medical community that heals and bandages a wounded public and it is only natural, therefore, that the medical community be strategically proactive in the public’s safety.
Example of a prime market distribution channel: The Medical Community (Hospitals and Doctors) will become the prime market access point because of their personal involvement with their patients as a non-threatening but concerned service provider.
Whether SIP is given to the patient by the hospital – as is the practice with new mothers’ and their baby in Israel today. In this manner the medical community can be proactive in their patient’s safety and the government will likewise help promote its citizens being proactively involved in their safety.
WILL THE SIP ELIMINATE THE THREAT? No, but because people are the target; the SIP can provide individual protection from poison gas, virus release, radiation poisoning, smoke, etc. The military and First Responders are already protected but virtually none of the 319,000,000 residents in the US have any protection!
WHAT ARE THE THREATS?
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES?
WHY IS SIP IMPORTANT?
Physician’s patients per month: 55,865,685 (a huge and effective delivery portal)
WHO: The agencies and departments of Federal, State and local governments are today’s consumers (target market) because they are tasked with protecting residents and have the budgets to do so. Yesterday, there was no product for the resident, now there is!
WHAT: SIP can directly combat the growing and more “creative” attacks by terrorist’s organizations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS who use intentional release of air-borne poisons like Anthrax, Sarin and uncontrolled contagious diseases like Ebola to promote widespread fear through an unsuspecting public. SIP is no longer a concept, but now a real, tangible product.
WHERE: SIP will be available by itself and/or woven into travel fanny-packs, jackets, book bags, back packs, carry-on luggage, briefcases, purses, etc., to provide immediate protection.
WHEN: Patent granted. Prototypes made. Manufacturing is proven. Products will be available in 6-8 months depending on start-up date.
HOW: SIP will be initially marketed / sold to the entities already tasked with protecting residents in the USA, such as Homeland Security, Nuclear Power Plants, medical community and First Responders to ensure widespread availability. SIP will become available and known to residents and their families for protection. “Be your own First Responder” will soon become the advertised catch-phrase. Residents may be required to instantly deal with a derailed train, smoke from a fire, overturned vehicle, airborne poisons or virus when there is no time for help to arrive - instead everyone can be their own first responder and Shelter-In-Place with SIP!
WHY: “We the people” are under attack by evil. Not government against government, but by evil people who seek to kill those who do not believe or live as they. These evil people already live in cancerous cells throughout the USA. We are being attacked where we live, work and relax. People need to be aware and protect themselves against these constantly growing threats.
MENTOR:Always do what is right, be involved with making worthwhile products and services by remembering that people are always more important than products, structures or making money and, in doing so, we leave our pride out and keep God’s Word in.