The Before and After of Disaster Housing

November 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm 4 comments

I ran across a couple of pages the Thanksgiving weekend that I just had to share.  There is always a lot of discussion about disaster both natural and man made and how would our shelter hold up.

To start with we have a great story on WebUrbanist ( that is all about the Nevada Test Site.  Yes that lovely place where the United States did it nuclear testing.  On the test site is a place called Survivor Town that was built to study the effects of these weapons on structures and typical city infrastructure.  All I can say is that I am glad that I didn’t live there!

Next we have a post on 10 Sustainable solutions for shelter after a disaster from ( I particularly like the HOMErgent for overall practicality and trying to cover all the bases.

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“The HOMErgent is an emergency housing structure that can be quickly set up with minimal effort. Based on a unique Hexayurt design, the HOMErgent can be quickly dispatched to affected zones as it comes in a flat fold-able design. Unlike conventional tents, the HOMErgent lasts for almost 20 years, thus making it an excellent proposition to be reused while required. To make it a truly sustainable structure, the HOMErgent is endowed with solar, wind and geothermal generators for powering the needs of it’s occupants. Quite impressive!

Lastly I couldn’t resist the house that is a disaster waiting to happen, Sri Lanka’s Magma Plug fortress.  This amazing site is a ancient fortress carved from a magma plug.  The article says “in what used to be a volcano”, but I don’t think there is an ever used to be about it.  Volcano’s are pretty much forever, they just take long rest breaks.

So enjoy while you can as it is certainly amazing in many ways not the least is the amount of work it took to create!

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