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Hurricane Season Predictions Fuel Interest in Survival Units


NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH -- With the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season already off to a busy start, recent predictions from hurricane experts appear to be materializing. The NOAA has predicted a “very active” season, anticipating between 13 and 16 named storms, of which four to six could become Category 3 or higher.

As these threats loom, a company based outside of Cleveland, Ohio has recently seen a growing demand for its self-contained living units designated for disaster response and outdoor survival.

The Campa Disaster Reconnaissance System (DRS) is a compact, all-terrain trailer equipped with essential survival components. Features such as a water purification system, 12-volt electrical system, complete kitchen unit and large sleeping quarters have many in the emergency response sector taking note.

“We’ve traditionally seen interest from the camping industry but the difficult aftermaths of storms like Katrina and Wilma have really expanded our market,” said Chris Cole, president and founder of Campa USA.

Cole, a South African native, has spent years engineering and designing the final product, which many have deemed the “Chuck Wagon of the 21st Century.”

“Our units can typically go where no others can. The accessibility of our trailers to difficult areas is what makes them so appealing to emergency management officials,” he added.

Campa USA, which has recently brought their product to market, was the talk by many at last month’s Texas Hurricane Conference in Beaumont.

“Not many people passed our trailer without making a comment. Our DRS unit got a lot of second looks and that’s typically the case wherever it goes,” contends Cole.

The unit, which can be towed from a standard trailer hitch, also comes equipped with solar panels, a hot water shower system and two steel water tanks. At the conference, it impressed state officials enough to order multiple units for their local disaster reconnaissance teams.

“This was an area hit hard by Hurricane Rita last year. If needed, the ordered units will help facilitate recovery efforts in the future,” stated Cole.

The 2005 hurricane season was the worst on record, with damages in excess of $100 billion and at least 2,280 lives lost. With predictions of another active season by forecasters, Campa anticipates a steady flow of inquiries about their product.

More information, including photos of the unit can be found at or by calling 440-353-1917.


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