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Since this is our first blog, our Team wanted to show you a bit about who we are, what we do, and why we work in disaster preparedness. Of course, that last one may seem fairly straight forward, natural disasters are becoming more prevalent.
When thousands of people are displaced by natural disasters, that is the time when structure and support are needed most. Self Sustaining Solutions (SSS) is committed to providing such security and protection with efficient temporary housing solutions in times of crisis.
The images of people in New Orleans stranded after Hurricane Katrina are still haunting. Such thoughts are what inspired us to create something better. In the richest nation in the world, there is no reason for its citizens to live like third-world refugees, even if their homes are destroyed.
We thought, “We can do better.” And we did.
We are a design-build team focused on efficiency. And, through much experimentation and consideration, our designers created a modular housing system that could shelter thousands of families. Each quickly-assembled unit is able to support a family of four (five in a pinch).
Thousands could be erected in a single day by the National Guard, for example. Families could stay together, safely, protected from the elements, for up to 30 days, self contained.
There are two rooms, one with a queen-size bed and one with a two-mattress bunk bed. Each room has a bathroom with toilet, sink basin and shower. There’s a pullout couch which is cool. But, it’s not as cool as the fact you can pull out an entire side of this structure, extending the living space as needed.
There’s a kitchen with a refrigerator, gas stove and microwave. There’s air conditioning and heating options. It’s everything necessary to protect a family while giving a sense of normalcy and comfort despite the circumstances.
The SSS House has many more amenities, like storage space and a work area. There’s also the potential for built-in internet and television. But those options are speculative and not considered essential.
So, our focus remained on creating the best solution for wide-scale displacement; and it’s not tents which are insecure with little protection – it’s modular homes. You can connect multiple units together too. This would be an efficient answer to a portable medical facility or command center, for example.
And efficiency is the key to our housing units. Each shelter is made of reinforced steel pieces, easily assembled/disassembled/reassembled. Strong materials make them portable, manageable and sustainable temporary housing solutions. This innovative design provides a safe family shelter, self-contained, for up to 30 days. Even if roads are washed away, the SSS temporary shelter can be easily airlifted where it can be placed, assembled and accessed safely.
Of course, in the wake of a disaster, there would probably be no running water or electricity, potentially indefinitely, depending on the severity of the disaster. So, this is where our design is truly unique.
We designed SSS homes with an array of photovoltaic solar panels mounted to the roof. These provide 7500W of power per day, more than enough energy to power the home. Solar energy is stored in a Lithium-ion battery array, surreptitiously tucked out of harm’s way.
A water supply is stored in easily-replenished tanks stored above the ceiling. Using gravity, this allows for running water in all basins, toilets and showers. And, wastewater is also managed in the SSS House. A hermetically-sealed (but properly vented) storage tank is stored beneath the floor keeping our housing solution as hygienic as possible. Both systems can be easily serviced at regular or accelerated time frames.
Of course, our mobile temporary structures can serve more than families. They can be used as communal spaces, public restrooms, mobile classrooms, medical facilities (as mentioned earlier) or even command center offices during crisis-management efforts. Secondary uses for our structures, when not used for emergencies, include homeless shelters or off-grid buildings.
It is an unfortunate reality that natural disasters displace countless people, many who have lost everything. It’s also difficult to coordinate recovery efforts following catastrophes if displaced people are haphazardly put into tent cities or left homeless. Having temporary structures that can be reused again and again seems, to us, the most sensible solution for organized disaster response efforts to protect people.
Natural Disasters wipe out our sense of safety and security. The SSS House self-sustaining modular temporary steel structure gives some semblance of normalcy back to whole families. After such life-changing events, displaced Americans deserve suitable temporary shelter, not tents, until more permanent solutions can be found.