Quick Deployment Disaster Shelters: Building Community Through Design

UNITE is an innovative tent designed for disasters. Its hard shell container provides lockable storage within the tent when erected. Pictograms, colour coding and simple twist and lock mechanisms allow easy construction by one person on solid or soft ground providing a 12 sq m footprint, or zipped together for family accommodation. The design eliminates the trip hazard of protruding guy ropes. The roof design allows for clearing of ash and snow loads and the ability to collect and store rainwater. Replaceable groundsheets provide a fresh unused floor for each deployment. An identity pack for each tent makes it easier to identify and locate people from a group within the shelter community.