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.

Container cover mobile hospital

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.


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Tyler KishbaughTyler Kishbaugh
20:33 21 Jun 22
Literally the best company I’ve worked with when it comes to buying a building. They gave me the best quality Quonset Hut I could ask for, and it’s the best looking building in my neighborhood! Backed with a 40 year warranty? Maintenance free? The sales rep and the administration team took such good care of me. Shout out to Monica, she was so professional and helpful. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quality building that’ll stand for a lifetime.
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16:10 14 Jun 22
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16:36 02 Jun 22
Purchase experience was great, taking place over text giving me time to research info needed. Easy to work with and we were able to find the perfect solution (on sale!). Can’t wait for the building to arrive!
I recently purchased a 25'W x 26'L x 13'H building from SteelMaster Buildings to replace part of pole barn that roof collapsed in February.Everyone with this firm have been very helpful and continue providing me with updates.It has thus far been an extremely smooth transaction and I am very happy with mypurchase.I highly recommend this company if you arelooking for a steel building.
Jenna, Colin HicksJenna, Colin Hicks
19:49 18 May 22
I would highly recommend SteelMaster Buildings for any of your steel building needs. From the start to the final steps SteelMaster was there to help, give any and all information, and offer their professional advice. The process was smooth, and they were very accommodating. If ever there is a time to expand our current building or build a new one, we will be using this company again!

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.