Disaster Relief & Transitional Shelters
Transitional shelter using JointKit
Transitional shelter provision is an incremental process. The Shelter Centre Report of May 2012* describes a multi-phased approach in which the emergency response is followed by temporary shelter and then the permanent reconstruction.
For emergency situations, JointKit provides a flat pack joint system which can be easily shipped to a disaster area.
A sturdy timber frame using standard construction grade beams (either shipped in with the JointKits or locally sourced) can be easily constructed in half a day using hand tools only. No building or carpentry skills are needed, so the structures can be built by those affected by the disaster as well as any relief agencies available. This gives ownership of the recovery to those affected, which is an important consideration in recovery from this form of trauma.
The necessary coach bolts and a spanner to construct the frame are supplied. The only other tools required are a hammer, spanner, saw and spirit level, which it is envisaged would be supplied in conjunction with a package of 10 kits. A variety of shelter sizes are available and the structure can be temporarily clad in plastic sheeting or equivalent to provide immediate shelter. This sheeting would form part of the first response kits.
This temporary shelter built using JointKit meets the Shelter Centre specification in moving to permanent reconstruction in the following ways:
Part draft May 2009
Final draft November 2011
First edition: May 2012
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