The ShelterBox Solution / 12 MB

Evolution in the
ShelterBox Solution
Since 2000…
• Developments in what’s in a ShelterBox
• Developments in individual items in the ShelterBox
• Improvements in the ShelterBox Disaster Relief tent.
What’s in the Box?
• Deliver the best possible aid package
Developments in kit
Solar Lights
Thermal layer
Midi Tent
Thermal layer
Aluminium sheet added between the inner and
outer tent layers for extra insulation
First used in Turkey, Oct’ 2011
• Earthquakes
• Van province
• Extreme low
temperatures 20°C
• Snowfall 1m daily
Good feedback
‘We loved the tent because it was so warm.
We know our mountaineering equipment and
the third layer is key to the insulation.’
Nokero solar light bulbs
First used in Turkey when millions of people
lost power following the quakes
Midi tent
Smaller, more
Easier to pack
up and relocate
e.g. floods
Single sheet
Bug proof
15.5kg: half
weight of
Quick & effective
solution: fast distribution
and easy to move
First used in Thailand Floods October 2011
Improvements in the Disaster Relief Tent
Original solution
Current solution
Conditions… anything
Cold to -20°C
Heat to +50°C
Tropical rain
Wind to +100kph
Hard rocks and rubble
Soft, sandy and marshy ground
Snow and ice
Size and needs
House an extended family
Sleeping areas and privacy
Sufficient living area
Shade from heat
External shelter in wet climates
2 doors for safety & less congestion at 1 door
Original Solution
An innovative mix of tunnel, dome and geodesic tents
Easy to erect
Lots of internal space
Potential for adding canopies
2 doors
Easy to add ventilation
Latest Solution
Similar design but pitches flysheet first
Easier to erect
Greater air gap
between inner and
flysheet for insulation
from heat & cold
Reflective lining to
Can add thermal
Increased ventilation
More durable and
Latest changes
Water and foliage collected in the lower part of the vent
This provided the potential for water to ingress into the tent
providing a breeding ground for insects.
Vents now have a roof cover to allow water to drip over the
lower part of the vent.
Other considerations
Taped seams – seals the holes made by the sewing needles to make tent waterproof
Other considerations
Snow skirt – If the tent is pitched on snow or soft ground where pegs will not hold
in place, or in very hard ground, then snow or other heavy items can be placed on
the skirt to keep the tent in place.
Other considerations
Pegging – Pegs need to be placed
correctly at 45° to the vertical
Tensioning the poles to the flysheet
– The poles must be tensioned into
the inner for the tent to be stable
How long will the tent last?
• At least 12 months in average conditions but
this does depend on various factors.
• Daily tent, pegging, guyline placement checking
increase tent life
Testing tents
Feedback from SRTs
Own experiences
Laboratory testing
Monitoring &
programmes to hear
from beneficiaries
The ShelterBox disaster relief tent
6 months to manufacture
Our vision is a world in which all people
displaced by disasters and
humanitarian crises are rapidly provided
with emergency shelter and vital aid,
which will help rebuild their
communities and lives
ShelterBox is a charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.
ShelterBox is a registered Charity no. 1096479. Company no. 4612652.
President: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
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