Low cost portable, reusable shelters – the Exo – will help provide temporary housing for future victims of natural disasters. This is the result of an invention by a Texas-based start-up firm, Reaction Housing. Their founder Michael McDaniel, came up with the idea after becoming frustrated with the slow humanitarian response following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the UN and other humanitarian organisations scrambled to provide sufficient housing for 1.5 million Haitians. At the end of 2013, around 150,000 people were still living in temporary structures and makeshift tents.