Safety of Post-Disaster Shelter in Extreme Wind Events: Implications of Design and Construction Decisions

This presentation examines Safety of Post-Disaster Shelter in Extreme Wind Events: Implications of Design and Construction Decisions. Are there small changes that can be made to shelter designs to improve shelter safety in high winds? What are some minimum design criteria that will provide for relatively safe shelters? This research, being conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder, investigates how relatively simple and inexpensive changes to roof designs (e.g., additional panel-to-purlin fasteners or using screws instead of nails) impact the expected damage to shelters constructed in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Future work will continue to investigate the impact of design decisions on shelter safety in both typhoons and earthquakes.