FEMA Considering ‘Stackable Dwellings’ for ‘Disaster Survivors’ in ‘NY/NJ Areas’

By Elizabeth Harrington | November 21, 2012 | 12:59pm EST

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is gathering research from contractors for  “stackable dwellings” for “disaster survivors” across the country and “specifically the NY/NJ areas,” which were devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October.

The agency’s solicitation is entitled “Modular ‘Stackable’ Interim Housing” and says,  “The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek industry input regarding housing units intended for interim use by disaster survivors both nationwide and specifically the NY / NJ areas.”

It further states that FEMA “is interested in gathering information on modular, ‘stackable’ housing unit designs appropriate for local weather, efficient use of limited ground space, and efficient installation (including utilities and stairways)."


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

“Dwellings will sleep two to six adults,” FEMA said in its Request for Information, which has a subhead entitled, "Hurricane Sandy, Modular 'Stackable' Interim." (See RFI_Sandy_-_Stackable_v3_2012-11-14_(2)-2.pdf )

The request also states that the agency is looking for companies able to produce units that can be “stacked at least three high for occupancy.”

FEMA is considering stackable units that can be converted into permanent housing, as well.

The agency said the units could have “potential staging in Brooklyn docks.”

Thousands of people have been displaced by Sandy and, following the storm, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said as many as 40,000 New Yorkers might have to be relocated.

FEMA has provided $564 million to Sandy survivors in New York, including $531 million in housing grants, short-term rental assistance and home repair costs.

FEMA noted that the solicitation for the stackable lodging is not an official “Request for Proposal,” but that the agency is simply exploring their options and conducting market research.

“The purpose of this RFI is to conduct market research only," reads the FEMA solicitation. "Responses provided will help inform FEMA and its partners, and should not be construed as unsolicited proposals to - or providing preference in any contracting activity with – FEMA."

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey and New York on Oct. 28-29, more than three weeks ago.

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