practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

Steel RSK and disaster preparedness

The steel kit is lightweight (17.6 Kg) and compact ( 25 kits per cubic metre) for easy transportation.



20 identical interlocking 22mm steel poles

(Length determines size of shelter- 90cm for standard tarp)

2 standard 6m x 4m plastic tarpaulins
 Or equivalent plastic sheeting
24 metres of 6mm polypropylene rope.
Or equivalent natural or synthetic rope.
40 metres of jute or sisal twine.
Or any available twine suitable for lashing. Wire or rubber strips can also be used.
4 to 6 steel fixings for rope attachment and anchorage
Or stakes to fix side ropes and lower frame poles to the ground .

This shelter kit could be stored in large numbers to facilitate a disaster response .


The RSK could also be deployed with existing shelter kits that are distributed by aid agencies but do not have a frame for supporting their own tarpaulin. It could also be used to build earthbag shelters.

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