Few of us can imagine what goes on in a disaster area. Taking an earthquake as an example, we watch the course of events on television. We can see what we are shown but we cannot begin to realise all of the work that takes place, to bring a disaster to a turning point.
As the disaster occurs, there may be mass panic, many deaths, many injured and lots of people unaccounted for. This is the starting point. Already you can imagine the urgent needs – medical staff, drivers of excavating equipment, counsellors, dogs and their handlers, firefighters, social workers, carers – the list is endless.
People apart, there is a need for specialist equipment, medicine and first aid supplies, food, clean water and, last but not least, shelter and storage space.
In a disaster area, such lists beg the question of where can these people or commodities be found and, during the difficult time ahead, what will serve as accommodation or storage?
The temporary living space will need to be more than a place to rest one’s head. Depending on the terrain or the weather conditions, suitable rooms may not be easy to find, as a whirlwind of panic spreads through the affected area. Equipment and emergency supplies need to be secure from weather conditions and looters, whilst kept close to the scene.
A disaster area creates upturned water pipes, disconnected electricity supplies, exposure, squalor and disease. Whilst victims most often find shelter with host families, the staff drafted in to handle the many difficulties need accommodation and they need it quickly.
My Space Pod construction and design experts guarantee that recycled shipping containers can swiftly become purpose-built units, fitted with much needed extras for the situation at hand. The efficient heating and cooling systems of these unique disaster relief accommodation will keep the much needed experts safe from extremes of temperature, which could otherwise lead to illness or disease. Fully compliant to fire regulations, the containers can be stacked within limits set by Health and Safety, making the most of limited space available. The acoustic design will greatly reduce the ferocity of outside noises, allowing the occupant at least a possibility of switching off long enough to recharge one’s batteries. Although easily moved onto a lorry via hydraulic lifting equipment, these containers can be virtually parachuted onto the site, placing them right where they are needed.
But containers are not only for accommodation and can therefore also cover the storage problem. Virtually vandal-proof, medical supplies will remain safe and uncontaminated in this temperature-controlled strong box. Valuable equipment can also receive the same security, when not in use.
With global warming and the evidence of recent disasters, health and safety risk assessors will applaud having such instant building and storage space at the end of a phone. Even better, with a guaranteed design life of sixty years, having one on standby in typical disaster areas will definitely be a step in the right direction.