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Inexpensive, High Quality Temporary Shelter

After a disaster, many of the people who survive suffer from cold, heat, weather, or theft of provisions. To combat this problem, FLL Team Category 6 developed "Temporary Shelters", a modestly priced and effective way to survive the aftermath of a natural disaster. Temporary Shelters are made of two common building materials: Styrofoam and corrugated plastic. To make our shelter very insulated, we combine these two by sandwiching a sheet of Styrofoam between 2 sheets of corrugated plastic. Since both of these materials hold air - one of the best insulators - this combination can be trusted to keep the heat in. Many of these sheets are tied together with durable and available cable ties to form a sturdy shelter. This shelter also helps prevent looting, by giving visual security.

Submitted by in Dec 2013

Comments (8)

  1. Light weight modular structures may be a good idea if located in the disaster area or easily transported.
    in Dec 2013
  2. Advertisement ?
    in Dec 2013
  3. Dear Ioguewm, this is not an advertisment. A small group of middle schoolers (6-8 grade) from MaCall Middle School, Winchester, MA worked on this project for the last several months. See the team page here: https://www.facebook.com/winfll .

    The team "Category 6" were FLL Nature's Fury Winchester MA winners of the 2013 Regional FLL Championship at Melrose MA and are going to the state level meet in Worchester, MA. In addition to the project they also have a working robot design that competes with other middle school teams as part of this year's First Lego Robotics competition theme "Nature's Fury".

    A scale model of the above shelter was assembled with minimal cost of about $1/sq.ft. and tested in the real world and the kids shelter design kept a toasty 70 degree F inside with no heat after 15 minutes, when the outside temperature was 2 degree F. The shelter outperformed tents and other current designs almost by a factor of 5. I hope you would change your negative vote in the spirt of gracious professionalism.
    in Dec 2013
  4. Dear Mr. Ioguewm, this is not an advt. This is a middle school project for FLL robotics competition. see http://facebook.com/winfll . A scale model of the shelter kept 70F inside after 15 minutes outside at 2F and outperformed a tent of similar dimensions by a factor of 5. The cost is low at $1/sq.ft, made of easily available materials and works in disaster situations quite well, as long as a contained area like a stadium is available. Please like the idea for its merit. Thank you.
    in Dec 2013
  5. Worthwhile idea to look into.
    in Dec 2013
  6. good idea
    in Dec 2013
  7. This is a great idea, if you have a situation that indicates that housing people in temporary shelters in the impact area is better than relocating them. Every attempt should be made to acquire funding and try and mass produce the structure described. However, there are a few considerations that need to be addressed. First you would need to be sure that moving the displaced people is not a better option, because in addition to tents there is a lot of other stuff that they would need; such as toilets, showers, food and security. In most cases those needs are better served by temporarily relocating them to a military base.
    Also, family size (multi room) tents can be purchased in advance and stored (with maintenance) or purchased when needed by a designated team with access to an approved invoice number or FEMA credit card and then shipped from the retailer directly to a single location, to be picked up by the military and transported to the impacted area. We found that in the case of the Earthquake event in Haiti (2010), none of the manufactures of family size, multi-room tents had more than a few dozen tents in inventory and most used manufacturing facilities in China that were on break at that time for an annual holiday season. Purchasing them from all over the USA and having them delivered to an address in Miami was the best way to do it, so that they could be transported by ship to Haiti. In summary; tents are a great idea, if moving the people to a military base is not a better solution and stocking tents in advance is a good idea if they can be properly maintained, (remember the trailers that got sent to New Orleans after Katrina) and buying tents JIT works if you can put together a designated team with a credit card number and single ship-to address.
    in Dec 2013
  8. There is an IdeaScale Homepage for "Shelter Ideas" at FEMA National Shelter System (NSS) subdomain here:
    =>you may want to post your idea there too : )
    -Good Luck
    in Apr 2014

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