Disaster/Emergency & Low Income Housing:
Aquentium is uniquely positioned to provide better living conditions for those individuals or governments seeking low income housing or for those devastated by a disaster or emergency.
Our two primary markets are the low cost, mass-housing market and the temporary housing/disaster relief market.
Aquentium has developed a unique solution that will fulfill the housing needs for people around the world that have been struck by disastrous conditions or simply need a better living condition. Using new or decommissioned standard shipping containers and Aquentium's Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), Aquentium has created a process that effectively transforms a 20 or 40 foot shipping unit into a rapidly deployable, expandable, and versatile shelter / home.
Our housing structures are unique in the way that once they are deployed, the container unfolds and creates an expanded living and operating space that is three times larger than the container itself. Once the structure has fulfilled its need in once location, it can be folded back in and transported to another location.
The housing unit is designed to accommodate not only housing applications but can also be offered as shelter for services such as deployable hospitals, stores, food commissaries, and a variety of other applications.
Since the housing unit is developed from an industry standard shipping container, it can be quickly transported to distant areas in times of need. The unit stacks seamlessly with other containers on transport ships, and can be easily placed onto truck transports.
Our disaster relief housing solution allows Aquentium a unique opportunity to explore a largely untapped market and bring relief to victims of unfortunate events worldwide. Aquentium hopes to bestow aid onto those who have been struck by disaster. For more information on the damage done by crises world-wide, please refer to the resources listed on the right hand side of this page.
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Hurricanes are powerful storms that form at sea with wind speeds of 74 mph or greater. Hurricanes are tracked by satellites from the moment they begin to form, so there is usually a warning 3-4 days before a storm strikes. A hurricane covers a circular area between 200 and 480 miles in diameter. In the storm, strong winds and rain surround a central, calm "eye," which is about 15 miles across. Winds in a hurricane can sometimes reach 200 miles per hour. However, the greatest damage to life and property is not from the wind, but from tidal surges and flash flooding.
Because of the destructive power of a hurricane, you should never ignore an evacuation order. Many victims of Hurricane Andrew who did ignore evacuation orders lost their lives or found that they could do nothing to protect their property against the storm.
As population growth continues along vulnerable coastal areas in the United States, more and more people face the potential hazards that result from a hurricane. Today, approximately 75 million people live within 50 miles of potential hurricane zones.
Some climatologists are concerned that hurricane activity affecting the coastal areas of the United States may increase because of the climatic changes now occurring in Western Africa. Similar climatic changes occurred from 1940 to 1950. During that period, there were three direct hurricane strikes in the greater Miami metropolitan area, one in the Tampa region, one near New Orleans, and one on the Gulf coast of Texas.
The greatest natural disaster in history occurred on September 8, 1900, when a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, killing more 6,000 people. Fortunately, as hurricane forecasting, emergency response plans, evacuation procedures, and the training of public health workers have improved in this century, the loss of human life has been greatly reduced. In 1992, while Hurricane Andrew caused an estimated $20 billion in property damage in Florida and Louisiana, the human toll was 41 people. While each life lost is one too many, the only way to reduce the human cost of a hurricane is with adequate preparation.