National Guidelines on Temporary Shelters for Disaster - Affected Families
The frequency and intensity of disasters is increasing across the world. For a rapidly developing country like India, this translates into a significant impact on the built environment - many houses are either damaged or destroyed. This means that many of our people have to abandon their houses after a disaster. Giving the affected communities a place to stay (with access to sanitation facilities) with dignity until they can move back to permanent houses, is the most fundamental step to give them some sense of normalcy. Depending upon the level of disaster, their stay at temporary shelters may be long and uncertain. Therefore, their designs should be cost-effective, sturdy and take into account the needs of the people. Such temporary shelters ensure the safety of affected communities and also help prevent secondary events such as the spread of diseases. This has to be done both swiftly and efficiently.