Storms and earthquakes have been front and center on recent news reports, and when disaster strikes, fast and facile response can make a world of difference. A new temporary shelter idea is making tremendous strides forward in convenience, ease of set up, cost, and true service to suffering communities.

The EXO Housing System from Reaction is a true renovation...maybe even revolution from the FEMA trailers that became so ubiquitous in New Orleans and other Gulf regions after Hurricane Katrina. In fact, that's where the brainstorm came from for these trouble-free units. The difficult to get, used only once, quickly deteriorating, forever waitlisted FEMA trailers each cost tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars per unit to house about four people. The EXO costs about five thousand!

Think upside down Tupperware container, or coffee cup (a coffee cup was its inspiration)—the lid is on the ground, the inverted vessel clicks on top. With these emergency disaster housing shelters, there are two parts, made of durable and recyclable plastic, that click together: a floor, and the shelter pod. Each has four fold-down bunks, and they can be linked together for larger families or groups. They take only about two minutes for four workers to set up, and hundreds, even thousands of them can be mobilized into disaster zones via flatbed truck, train, even cargo jet—they stack together, just like those coffee cups.

evox ACTION LINK:  Learn more and support the project—units being funded now are promised to Syria and other regions of extreme need.


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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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