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Industry Emergency Response Extends Beyond COVID

Original Comment:
By now, the demand for temporary facilities to address the COVID crisis seems to have been met. The team here at MBI was considering taking down the crisis pages when we realized, sadly, that there will always be a need for facilities in an emergency.

That fact could not be more obvious as we watch Hurricane Laura’s track towards the Gulf Coast. As an industry, we have always responded quickly to natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy among many others.

Our industry, more so than any other, has the ability to respond with rapidly deployable buildings on a day’s notice, set up interim facilities during times of recovery, and rebuild with permanent structures post-disaster.

We have reached out to our contacts within the National Governors’ Association and FEMA to remind them that we are ready, willing, and able to assist with this disaster and the ones that will surely follow.

We hope that everyone in the impacted area moves to safer ground and stays out of harms way as this event unfolds.
Stay safe!
Started on August 26, 2020 by Tom Hardiman
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Additional Comments:
Over 1 million acres and hundreds of homes have burned or are burning right now in Northern and Central California. We're still recovering from the 30,000 structures lost in 2018/19. There is a fair amount of modular commercial and hospitality work being built here. Because It's one of the most expensive labor and property markets in the U.S., modular and panelized residential makes more sense here than ever before.

The new ADU regulations provide opportunities in this region as well. I'd like to chat with anyone interested in exploring this market further.
Updated on August 26, 2020 by Kim Baez

Having just joined the Institute, I am very impressed by the proactive nature MBI has. This is great for the community and puts the industry in a positive light.
Updated on August 26, 2020 by Gary Badge

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