The Responsive Shelter Initiative
A Volunteer Project for Resilient & Easily Deployable Emergency Shelters
ABOUT THE RESPONSIVE SHELTER INITIATIVE
When disasters or public health emergencies strike, nature controls the time table. We should respond faster, and ethically. With today's advanced design, architecture and logistic techniques, survivors and health officials should not have to wait weeks or months for transitional emergency shelters or mobile clinics.
This project is designed to explore the rapid deployment of temporary durable structures which can be immediately transported to recovery zones in the aftermath of hurricanes, mass-scale public health events, tornadoes, wildfires, and significant flooding events...within the United States.
The Responsive Shelter Initiative is focused on exploring urgent opportunities for fast-deployment of shelters to eliminate the need for disaster survivors to live in fragile tents, vehicles, make-shift shacks or in the open while waiting for traditional disaster housing. It is also designed to assist small businesses engage in quick re-start of commerce to support hard-hit communities following extreme weather conditions. Now, with COVID-19 challenges, we can help.
Immediate Shelter Relief
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The Better Shelter unit can be assembled from just two boxes which can be transported on the back of a pickup truck.
In just 4 to 5 hours, safe emergency transitional shelters can be deployed in the immediate aftermath of disaster events, such as Hurricane Dorian.
This Better Shelter unit was assembled by a team of dedicated volunteers at Florida State University's Panama City Campus in June, 2019. Image courtesy Jan Booher.
The RSI Strategy
Our Florida volunteers are exploring solutions with Sweden's BetterShelter.org to bring modular emergency and transitional shelters to America.
Take the On-line Responsive Shelter Survey
See June 8 Survey Results from Bay County (Click Icon Above)
News Report 6.6.19: Sweden-based Humanitarian Project Could Help Victims of Hurricane Michael Housing Crisis
News Report 6.6.19: Presentation of 'Better Shelter' Offers Insight Into Possible Temporary Housing Solution
News Report 6.6.19: Rebuild Bay County Showcases New Temporary Housing Option
Click here to see the BetterShelter.org video 1
Click here to see the BetterShelter.org video 2
Working with Habitat For Humanity of Bay County and Florida State University's Panama City Campus, the Better Shelter Unit was on display from June 3-8, 2019 at the Holley Center, 4750 Collegiate Drive.