5 emergency shelters for use after disasters

An SIW guide to disaster relief shelters and housing


“The world is using up its resources very fast. Precious resources from oil, to silver, to platinum… and those resources are in the developing countries,” he said. There’s less and less of those resources and the developing countries are eating more and more of them and they are also making more and more pollution every year. There are billions of desperate people causing unrest and terrorism and conflict… and that’s only going to go away if they get a decent life.”

For more information about HOMErgent and its Flexayurt shelters, visit http://homergent.com/.

The Intershelter Dome

The Intershelter Dome is a temporary housing structure that resembles a modern-type of igloo. The domes, which are available in a 14-foot model for $7,500 and a 20-foot model for $12,500, can provide shelter to between two and six people. The domes are made out of an aerospace composite material and can withstand hurricane force winds, as well as earthquakes. Arctic and desert models are also available.

According to Intershelter President and CEO Capt. Don Kubley, the domes can be put together by three people in about two hours. Intershelter Domes have been deployed in 15 countries thus far, Kubley said. In the U.S., they have been deployed in California, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, New York, and Louisiana. As with some of the aforementioned shelters, the Intershelter Dome not only serves as disaster relief housing, but can also be used for a wide variety of other applications including migrant workers, military housing, hunting camps, the homeless communities, and quarantine shelters.

Although they have only had mass production capabilities for a little over year, Kubley said the company is currently in talks with the Department of Defense about providing its shelters to the military. The company is also working with FEMA to develop a first responder camp, in which the company would provide shelters for 300 first responders, as well as medical facilities in the first 24 hours following a disaster event.

“Mark my words, a year from now, when you turn on the television to Fox News or CNN you’ll see (our domes) after every major disaster and theaters of war,” Kubley said.

To get more information about the Intershelter Dome, visit intershelter.com/index.cfm.

The Life Cube

Built by Inflatable World, this inflatable shelter can be quickly deployed anywhere emergency housing is needed. The self-contained cube is made out of vinyl material and can withstand the elements in the “remotest of places,” according to the company’s website. Inside the shelter, refugees will find a week’s supply of food and water for four people, a heating and cooking stove, four inflatable beds with sleeping bags, an ice box, interior lighting, first aid kit, and a CB/FM/AM radio among other things. Everything is powered using a battery that is recharged using solar energy. For more information, visit http://www.theinflatableworld.com/.

UniFold shelters

UniFold shelters, which are made out of a weather resistant material, are used by the UN, FEMA, and the American Red Cross among other relief organizations for various humanitarian needs. The UniFold is available in sizes ranging from 10-feet wide to 22-feet wide and are built to withstand the elements. The structures do not absorb water or mildew and can be used in an encampment format for up to two years, according to the company’s website. In addition UniFold structures feature a non-absorbent floor and have roofs that can withstand snow accumulations of up to six inches. To learn more about UniFold and its various emergency relief structures, visit http://www.unifold.net/.