Hurricane season is here, and for coastal facilities and offshore installations, that also means the possibility of significant damage to equipment and facilities. When these events happen and bring production to a halt, it is imperative to get the equipment repaired and the facilities back up and running. A major hurdle in beginning a recovery project quickly is to find housing near the location. The hurricane that damaged your facility will often also damage the surrounding hotels that would typically house your workers. The hotels that remain operational run out of openings immediately. That means that the repair process usually begins with sourcing temporary accommodation packages to house the repair crew, operation personnel, or other essential personnel.
Armoda supplies temporary accommodation packages for hurricane recovery projects. Based on our experience with these projects, we have found that companies that include accommodation packages in their disaster recovery plans can shorten their downtime and get their facilities back to producing sooner. In this article, we will go over what to consider when creating an accommodation package for disaster recovery and the common types of accommodation and support modules that are utilized.
Every location has its own unique needs. These are general areas to consider when creating a disaster recovery accommodation package:
The number of people who need housing is the most impactful number in creating an accommodations package. It determines everything from the number of modules, the type of modules, and the amount of auxiliary equipment needed to run the package.
The amount of space available at your facility determines the layout of the package and what equipment will be needed. If there is a small area at the facility for the package, then stacking the accommodation modules can provide the required units to complete the project in the smaller space. If there is a larger area at the facility, then the modules do not need to be stacked and can reduce the number of auxiliary equipment required.
Once an estimated number of people has been established, it is time to consider what types of modules would be needed. For example, in addition to sleeping modules, your project could require galley and dining, office space, laundry facilities, offices, or workshops. In most cases, the hurricane has impacted the businesses around the facility, and access to local food and other amenities is limited or non-existent. All of these should be considered when creating your accommodation package.
Accommodation modules can sleep anywhere from one to 12 personnel per unit. They come in sizes ranging from 20’L x 8’W to 42’L x 12’W. The modules include bunk beds equipped with privacy curtains and storage lockers for clothing and other personal items. They also include wet units with showers, toilets, and sinks for the occupants.
Because many of the surrounding businesses are also impacted by the hurricane, support modules are necessary to supply the crew with a place to eat, office space, other workspaces, and storage.
Auxiliary equipment is vital for disaster recovery projects. It allows the accommodation package to operate independently from local utilities that are, in most cases, offline.
Having a disaster recovery plan that includes a temporary accommodation package enables quicker deployment of repair crews and, in turn, shorter downtime of your facility. If you need to create an accommodation package for your disaster recovery plan, contact us today. Armoda has a fleet of accommodation modules that can cover all your recovery project needs and the experience to create the ideal accommodation package for your facility.