The need for emergency shelters is apparent. Katrina was a scary example of how unprepared we are for natural disasters, even in America. These two inventions will change how we respond to various disasters.
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The first possibly life-saving structure is the Exo. The Exo was designed to be shipped in bulk for immediate disaster relief. Where current shelters are expensive and bulky, the Exo is inexpensive at roughly one-twelfth the cost and compact with a shipping capacity ten times more than current disaster relief home. What this means? More homes, faster, and at a lower cost. During Katrina FEMA was able to provide approximately 143,000 mobile homes which could house approximately 572,000 individuals at maximum capacity. A rough estimate of the cost of these mobile homes brings their total to about $9.3 billion (about $65,000 apiece). For the same price using the Exo approximately 1.8 million units could be shipped, housing about 7.4 million people. This is quite a difference from what has been historically the case.
And then comes “Concrete Canvas Shelters,” which are produced by Concrete Canvas. While these concrete tents may not be as economic or shipping friendly as their Exo counterparts, they fulfill a different need. The Concrete Canvas Shelters provide a permanent structure with a larger capacity. Where the Exo would not be ideal as a treatment center for the injured, the size and durability of the Concrete Canvas Shelters make them perfect for treatment. They also have practical durability long after the disaster. Think of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. How beneficial would it have been to erect these structures for homes and health centers for the initially 1.5 million displaced individuals? So many people who were impacted by the earthquake are still living in tents and shanty towns.
Imagine how much better we could respond to hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, and other disasters. Instead of tents and shoddy structures these temporary structures can more rapidly and effectively deploy aid than the current methods. We hope to see both of these new inventions flourish and be used to provide life-saving shelter to so many individuals as the years go on.
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