Benefits of Modular Buildings for Disaster Relief
Over the past few years, several natural disasters like cyclones, earthquakes, landslides, floods have struck different parts of India. Such tragedies are not only highly unpredictable but also cause immense destruction. Not to mention, the loss of life and property is unthinkable. For example, the recent cyclones in Orrisa and Bengal and landslides in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra have left several families homeless.
While the government has taken several measures to compensate the people for their loss, one of the immediate concerns should be providing them a safe shelter. And experts recommend that the best solution during such times is utilising the modular buildings.
Modular homes – An excellent solution for natural disaster relief measures
Today, many government agencies and non-profit organisations use temporary modular homes for disaster relief and provide housing solutions to the affected. Since these modular buildings are highly portable, they can be easily moved to provide quick relief where it is needed the most. For example, a modular clinic or an isolation centre can be immensely helpful in areas where the COVID-19 infection rate is high and people don’t have enough space to remain in isolation.
Providing timely medical help in such areas can significantly help the sick recover well. Similarly, in the wake of a natural disaster, modular buildings can help families stay safe and take care of their families. The buildings are also an excellent solution for housing students during a crisis. In the current scenario, where lakhs of students across India are suffering due to the school closure, modular buildings can provide them a safe space for virtual learning without overcrowding. It is also a quick solution to rebuild the school after a disaster.
Let us look at the benefits of modular buildings during a natural disaster
Quick turnaround time
When it comes to providing help during a disaster, time is critical. Modular construction techniques can help build new homes, hospitals, schools, and any other space you need up to 50% faster than the traditional construction method. This is especially true if you move a vacant container home that is sitting in the dealer’s inventory. Additionally, the modular construction method and installing the building require minimal work as compared to traditional construction.
Versatile shelter option
The extreme versatile nature of the modular buildings makes them an ideal solution for disaster relief and recovery. These homes provide an immediate safe living space for disaster victims. Here are a few ways how the modular buildings can be used for disaster relief.
- Dining rooms/school canteen
- Pathological laboratory
- Restrooms and showers
- Housing for medical / disaster relief workers / disaster affect people
- Temporary shelter for displaced population
These structures are usually made with tough materials like steel and owing to their durability and sturdiness, they provide the victims with safe shelter options in the best location possible. They also provide a sense of relief and stability to the migrants who are often displaced in stressful situations.
Suitable for all weather conditions
The extreme weather associated with some natural disasters makes modular homes a feasible solution to provide relief for the victims. Also, bad weather can severely affect traditional construction, as it can damage the raw materials and the building equipment. It can also hinder the construction process and delay the work by a few weeks or even months. This, in turn, can lead to cost overturn and delay the relief needed for the victims. Lastly, the weather conditions may increase the risk of injuries at the construction site.
Modular construction, on the other hand, is done in a factory setting. The process is unaffected by the temperature or weather conditions. This means you can provide emergency shelter more quickly.
Posted in Covid Offerings on Oct 08, 2021.