Red Cross tests ‘future of emergency aid’ at Mysteryland

The Red Cross tested new methods of emergency aid at this past weekend’s Mysteryland festival in The Netherlands.

Throughout the weekend of Aug. 25-27, the Red Cross worked with Open House events to test humanitarian aid technologies in their areas of lighting, energy and sanitation. The organization has been working on bringing the project to fruition over the past year, testing new forms of inexpensive power like solar panels and windmills.¬†Festival goers were able to try out a portable solar collector that supports a regular outlet, along with a seven-meter quiet windmill to help fuel the festival at night when the solar collectors aren’t usable. Attendees were able to use the solar collectors to blow up air mattresses, boil water and recharge their phones.

“We found out that the needs are changing in refugee camps and disasters,” says Red Cross spokesman Merlin Stoffels. “Electricity is becoming increasingly important. [After a typhoon in the Phillippines], I expected people to ask me for food and drink, but what they wanted was to change their phone and WiFi. The first thing you want to do is let family know you’re alive.”

With around 60,000 festival goers all in one place, Mysteryland served as the perfect platform to test these new procedures.

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