A Morning Coffee Cup and Traditional Teepee Inspire Creation of Disaster Shelters


Designer Michael McDaniel sought to create better disaster shelters. His Exo Housing System, which he claimed was inspired by a coffee cup, aims to help Hurricane Katrina victims in their recovery, most of who were displaced and affected by the storm.

The shelter's design was also inspired by a teepee. McDaniel calls the teepee a "brilliant structure" and "adaptable to different environments". Exo Housing shelters pile on top of one another for transport and snap together in a few minutes to build fast, mini-cities after a disaster.


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Programs that provide a temporary place and social services for people who are unable to return to their own homes due to sexual assault, domestic violence or other problems. Battered Women's Shelter; Crisis Nurseries; Domestic Violence Shelters; Family Crisis Shelter; Family Violence Shelters; Runaway Shelters; Safe Houses; Sexual Assault Shelter

Federal Programs Related to - Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other

Programs that seek to prevent, predict or mitigate the effects of disasters (e.g. fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes); prepare people to cope with disasters; or provide broad-based relief services to disaster victims. Also includes programs that rescue accident victims; provide first aid training and services; and/or offer safety education programs .

Federal Programs Related to - Disaster Relief/Recovery

Programs that provide short-term assistance for people who have suffered injuries or incurred losses due to natural or man-made disasters. Also offers longer-term assistance for people who have suffered injuries or incurred losses due to a major disaster or large- scale emergency with the objective of facilitating the return of the community to its pre-disaster condition and/or rebuilding the community in a way that makes it less vulnerable in the future. Debris Removal; Disaster Donations; Disaster Hotlines; Disaster Loan Programs; Disaster Recovery Centers; Disaster Service Centers; Disaster- Specific Home Repairs; Disaster-Specific Rent Assistance; Post-Disaster Clean-Up; Post-Disaster Housing Assistance; Post-Disaster Housing Databanks/Referrals; Post-Disaster Rebuilding Assistance; Post-Disaster Volunteer Management

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Programs that focus on promoting the effective functioning of government, public administration and public officials and support or provide services required for the effective functioning of society's infrastructure.

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