Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, cyclones, floods, tornadoes, and other geological and climate disasters like these make us realize the importance of having a disaster management plan in place. Rehabilitation and damage control can seem like a daunting task, but with the police, army, firemen, doctors and rescue teams putting in monumental efforts towards recovery, it is good to know that there is, in most cases, modular buildings can be both a part of a plan A or plan B disaster management plan.
And plan B is where modular buildings come into the picture. These portable structures are gaining popularity as one of the most effective solutions to help deal with disasters.
Why modular constructions are a great rehabilitative tool in disaster situations
-Modular constructions are prefabricated buildings, the bulk of whose construction is already completed in a factory before they can be quickly assembled on site, ready to occupy. This makes them quick to deploy and put into place, and that is one of the keys to beginning the recovery process after a disaster. It can take as little as one business day to deliver a modular building if it is in-stock and no modifications are required. (Read our FAQ section to know more) Most modular building manufacturers have constructions crews ready and waiting in your typical setups like living spaces, offices, classrooms, medical centers, etc.
-Another advantage of modular constructions is that they can be more cost effective than conventional constructions. Instead of building a sub-standard, rushed construction facility during disaster relief operations that may not be completely safe, a more cost-effective alternative exists. Money is always a factor during disaster relief. Relocating the hundreds of wounded and homeless and providing shelter and support to the thousands who are usually affected in situations like this is an expensive prospect, and every dime saved is one that can be used to improve a different aspect of the process. In fact, modular buildings can even be rented out rather than purchased outright. So if the need is for a temporary solution, that much more money can be saved and used in the direct disaster recovery process.
-Modular construction projects are also unique in another respect that’s relevant in disaster management– they are portable buildings. That’s right, modular buildings can be physically deconstructed, relocated, and put together again in a matter of days. Once a more permanent solution is found at a disaster site, they can just be packed up and moved away with minimal impact to surroundings, and can be kept in reserve for when disaster next strikes.
-Lastly, the environmental impact of a modular construction is a lot less than that of a conventional building. This means that an already unstable environment isn’t disturbed further, and the impact of the construction isn’t as strong as it would be if an orthodox construction facility is put up.
With all these advantages, the applications of modular constructions in disaster situations are endless. Requirements for secure spaces are high during the disaster management process, and modular buildings with their speed, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility are perfect in a variety of applications.
-As an on-site command center for the disaster management team
-As a base of operations for search and rescue efforts
-As a school so that children don’t fall behind on their education regardless of the condition of their actual school
-As a substitute office space or business area so that people can start mitigating the cost of the disaster and don’t fall further behind financially
Clearly, modular buildings can play a pivotal role in the disaster management process. As such, state and federal governments should consider putting a structure in place that exploits these favorable aspects of modular buildings to their greatest extent in the wake of a disaster.
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