Permanent Shelter for Housing Infrastructure and Services Design

This brief describes this approach taken by Practical Action in post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka. However, it would also have broader application wherever homes and livelihoods have been damaged by disasters or where rebuilding or improvement projects are being undertaken with the resident population that is vulnerable; in many slums or informal settlements, for example. Before designing a permanent shelter for a person displaced by disasters, it is imperative to engage the community in the planning process. It is also very crucial that communities understand the context of the changes and future risks they will have to face as a result of the disaster. It is recommended that before entering into housing rebuilding; a general discussion takes place. This will help participants of the community and the housing rebuilding subsequent steps. While building the permanent shelter it is very important to choose the right location. The location should have access to the water source and should be safe from any impending dangers from local predators and natural disasters and exposure. Water access is a very important factor while choosing the location for permanent shelter design so that you can access to access to water that is safe to drink. When choosing the location for shelter design it is also very crucial to consider the local wild animals around the area as it is not safe to stay in such areas which can be life-threatening.

Collections Disaster Mitigation Disaster Risk Reduction Practical Answers Response and Reconstruction United Kingdom
Issue Date 2009
Format Fact Sheet
Rights Holders Practical Action