Indonesia: building bamboo shelters

The International Federations community-based early-recovery programme has supported tens of thousands of quake survivors to take control of their own recovery. With support from trained Red Cross volunteers and students from local universities, affected communities have managed and implemented the construction of more than 14,000 quake-resilient transitional shelters.

The earthquake-resilient shelters are made out of local materials such as bamboo and rope and cost the equivalent of around 185 Swiss francs ($150 USD/ €118). They can be constructed in four to five days and should last up to six years.

Shelter is a critical determinant for survival in the initial stages of a disaster. Beyond survival, shelter is necessary for security and personal safety, protection from the elements and resistance to ill health and disease. The impact of a disaster such as an earthquake or a cyclone can result in the destruction of or damage to existing housing, rendering it uninhabitable, or force people to leave their existing housing and seek alternative shelter elsewhere in the case of floods or warnings of a hurricane.

Related video: Yogyakarta earthquake bamboo shelters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDQyEE… 

Related video: Hurricanes – How to build a safer wooden house: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp7FxW… 

More information: http://www.ifrc.org/shelter

Year: 2006
Duration: 18 minutes 42 seconds

Are you sure you want to delete this "resource"?
This item will be deleted immediately. You cannot undo this action.

Related Resources

Video
04 Dec 2014
Feeding a growing global population is a challenge that spans industries and governments. A panel discusses how research, technology, policy, and engagement with local farmers could help build a comprehensive strategy for improving our food system. M...
Tags: Video, Food Security
Video
12 Dec 2014
Example of Gender & Climate Game done by the Red Cross that helps participants estimate risk and make choices. 
Tags: Video, Climate Change Adaptation, Games
Video
23 Mar 2015
Over the past two decades, extreme weather events have caused more than 13,000 deaths and property damage in excess of $6.4 billion in Vietnam. More than 70% of the country’s population is at risk of natural hazards, particularly the rural and ...
Tags: Video, Flood, Infrastructure and Services, Resilience