Humanihut, an Adelaide-based company established in 2015, has been selected as the provider of Australia’s first stockpile of emergency shelters.
The Federal Government engaged Humanihut, in anticipation of the impending fire, cyclone, and flood seasons, to deploy their specialised ‘rigid re-deployable infrastructure’ — consisting of six emergency shelter campsites capable of housing 700 individuals.
Their self-contained ‘huts’ are swiftly erectable flat structures, with insulation, climate control, and durability to withstand harsh environmental conditions.
The order, expected to be fulfilled by June 2024, will augment a stockpile managed by the recently established National Emergency Management Agency, aimed at aiding communities in post-disaster recovery efforts.
Neale Sutton, Founder and Group Managing Director of Humanihut, expressed his enthusiasm about this milestone, stating, “This is one of the exact uses for the Humanihut Field Infrastructure System, I envisaged when developing the concept more than a decade ago.
“I am proud that an Australian company like Humanihut has come up with a solution to provide shelter and support for those displaced by natural disasters.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the National Emergency Management Agency to take Humanihuts where they are most needed.”
The company’s recent provision of up to 100 temporary units to house Fitzroy Crossing residents in Western Australia, who lost their homes during January’s floods, further demonstrates Humanihut’s commitment to aiding communities in distress.
These versatile shelters have been employed for emergency crews fighting fires, serving as quarantine and isolation facilities, and providing construction accommodations for workers overseas.
Mr Sutton emphasised, “The contract is certainly an important one for the business but comes after Humanihut has proven itself at disaster sites throughout Australia in recent years.
“It highlights the national significance of having the right response infrastructure on hand to deal with emergencies. We are well placed, no matter where the requirement is, to provide rapidly deployable infrastructure.
“There is currently international interest in Humanihut from Governments and their agencies” he added.
Humanihut’s repeated success in intervening during critical situations nationwide has validated its concept, culminating in the significant partnership now established with the federal government.