Modular Construction and Natural Disasters

Nobody likes to think about worst case scenarios. But in 2017, natural disasters resulted in nearly 306 billion dollars in damages in the United States. From wildfires to floods and tornados, there’s an increased risk of these continued catastrophes.

Communities that are more at risk and prone to natural disasters would be wise to have a plan in place should something take place.

After a natural disaster hits, it can be costly and time-consuming to ship equipment, supplies, and materials to help the people and rebuild the communities of those affected. Some neighborhoods in New Orleans are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

To help rebuild and restore a sense of normalcy to their communities, modular construction has a few benefits to help expedite that process.

Here they are:

Planning ahead

When your community is at risk of a natural disaster, it can feel like there’s not much you can do about it. However, with modular construction, if you can predict that you’ll be impacted, you can plan ahead.

Modular construction allows you to start the process in advance. It allows you to think through the types of spaces, and facilities you’ll need to support your relief efforts so you can get ahead of a crisis.


Speed is the most important element to consider when dealing with emergency disaster relief. How quickly can you build the necessary structures – temporary or permanent – to aid in your relief?

You’ll want to be able to build temporary structures for medical facilities, a shelter for displaced people, resource centers, and communication hubs for first responders on the ground.

Research shows that modular constructed buildings get back up and running 35% faster than traditional stick built buildings.

Getting back to normal is paramount for communities hit by natural disasters. Modular classrooms and mobile offices help with that.


It’s already costly to rebuild schools, offices, hospitals, and homes after a disaster. If there’s a more cost-effective way to do it, it’s worth considering.

Modular construction is a more cost-effective way to build.

If your area is prone to natural disasters, it’s worth scouting out a relief plan in advance should something happen, and to consider modular construction as an alternative.