It is important to be disaster-prepared

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Winter is well and truly upon us. It is that time of the year when temperatures fall way below freezing point. People will be using all sorts of energy sources to keep warm, from firewood, kerosene and electricity.

Unavoidably, disasters will happen, and people’s prized possessions will go up in smoke.

The mountain areas of Lesotho will be experiencing snowfall. Some people are likely to get caught up in the snow. Livestock is also expected to perish, resulting in loss of valuable income.

Natural disasters seem to happen frequently. It is the following days, weeks, or even months that it will take for life to get back to normal after a disaster. During that time, to protect a person from the effects of exposure to the elements, shelter is critical to survival and recovery.

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Shelter is an immediate priority for human survival. Consider the trauma a person may have experienced during a catastrophic event and the need for shelter is even greater.

By having immediate access to shelter, recovery efforts are quick to begin and increase survival rates. This is important if an entire region is to recover and restore normal function to infrastructure and rebuild the local economy. The quicker the response of creating emergency, temporary shelters, the sooner an affected area can begin to rebuild their community.

The solution to improved disaster recovery is a rapid response when it comes to shelter. Modern temporary shelters are portable and designed for quick installation. Once a crew is deployed, a functional camp can be constructed within hours. This is the key to a stronger, faster recovery time.

In addition to response time, design flexibility of shelters can improve the quality of life for survivors. By choosing temporary structures that are expandable and can grow with the needs of the local population, a community is ensured that if more accommodations are necessary, it won’t take long to provide for these needs.