If it works for the military…

There’s a whole range of shelter products used by the military, used by construction firms or in other sectors or industries, which are periodically promoted as solutions for post-disaster shelter. The problem is that the specifications and operating requirements are so different and the budgets are wildly different. Trying to provide someone a safe place to live, that feels a bit like home, for a family, is very different to providing a rapidly deployable dormitory for a group of men.

Life Cube

“We want the Life Cube to be the go-to first response system for natural and manmade disaster relief. Some applications of the Life Cube include a field medical unit for doctors, temporary housing for displaced families, and a command station for relief workers. Our patents and innovations represent a large step forward for shelter design that will revolutionize how the world responds to large-scale disasters.”

This is an example of a product developed apparently with post disaster shelter in mind, but which found much bigger markets in military and other sectors. The manufacturers now make no mention of emergency shelter on their website.




Concrete Canvas

A standard concrete canvas shelter has a covered area of 25m2.

This is a product that was widely touted as a panacea for emergency shelter a few years back, and was picked up by a lot of media and press. at one point a suggestion was made to make concrete canvas parachutes which would set on the way down from a plane and be a ready-made structure when they landed! A bit like the Airdrop Shelter, but in concrete. It is clearly a very clever and versatile product, but has found markets such as the military are more interested than disaster response agencies.