Emergency Shelters

Emergency Shelters

Swift shelter solutions by SteelMaster’s expert team, tailored for your needs.

Rapidly Deployed Structures as Temporary Emergency Relief Shelters

The need for shelter and mobile medical clinics or portable hospitals is the greatest after a disaster hits, which means the ability to rapidly deploy structures is crucial. In addition to food, clean water, and medical assistance, temporary or permanent shelters are essential in the recovery of communities.


 

Mobile Hospital Units

Mobile Hospital Units

Rapid Deploy Structures

Rapid Deploy Structures

Emergency Shelters

Emergency Shelters

Quonset Emergency Shelters Across The World

Quonset Emergency Shelters Across The World

Temporary emergency relief shelters are not only important for people who have been displaced due to disasters and crises but also for the influx of people who come to assist in any life-saving efforts.

The shipping container the arches are shipped in can become an important part of the construction. That is exactly how “Clinic in a Can” works.

Clinic in a Can has built pop up clinics in Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Liberia,  Sierra Leone, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Kenya,  South Sudan, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

Why Quonset Huts Make Great Emergency Relief Shelters

Quick Construction

Quonset huts can be quickly erected, but still provide substantial protection against the elements and other natural disasters.

Portable

To move the building from one emergency to another, simply take the building apart and reassemble it in another location.

Rapid Deployment

This is crucial for remote or isolated places where a traditional hospital or emergency housing is impractical.

Easily Expandable

If you need to expand your field hospital building to increase capacity, you can purchase more arches to add to your structure for more space.

Usable Interior Space

The entire space can be utilized and configured to fit the medical needs of patients, hospital beds, and other equipment.

Durability

Quonset huts are built to withstand harsh weather extremes so should disaster strike a community again, Quonsets are up to the challenge.

World Vision - Haiti

World Vision - Haiti

Humanitarian organization World Vision assembled two SteelMaster buildings for community development projects.  They assembled the buildings days before a tropical storm hit the area.

Assembly of God Church

Assembly of God Church

A group of 50 members from the Assembly of God church built a church and two schools in Haiti following a devastating earthquake.  Most of the construction was completed in one month and the entire project was completed in three months.

Clinic in a Can

Clinic in a Can

When a typhoon hit the Philippines, “Clinic in a Can” was contracted by the United Nations to send a hospital to the area.  They created the hospital from shipping containers and used a SteelMaster container cover in their design.

The Ultimate Guide to Emergency Relief Structures

The Ultimate Guide to Emergency Relief Structures

Check out real-life SteelMaster projects & learn more about:

  • The features and benefits of arch-style commercial and industrial buildings
  • Step-by-step arch construction
  • Technical specs & certifications

Above-Ground Shelter – Build Before The Storm

If you’re in an area that is prone to natural disasters, purchasing and assembling a Quonset hut is a great option to plan ahead of the storm. SteelMaster customers Jana and Jerry G., who live in Alaska, are prime examples of this.

The investment paid off when an earthquake hit the state of Alaska in 2018. Jerry and Jana woke up to their home violently shaking and quickly realized it was an earthquake.

When the earthquake was over, Jana and Jerry noticed their SteelMaster Quonset Hut garage was still in perfect condition.

The couple was so impressed with how their workshop performed during the storm, they decided to purchase a SteelMaster prefabricated home.

 

Get Inspired

We hope some of our customers’ most impressive projects will inspire you to get started on your own Quonset hut structure. See all articles.

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