GSH of Alabama CEO Barbara Stokes recently spoke about some of the challenges involved with natural disaster relief efforts. Stokes notes that the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey costs billions of dollars. As Hurricane Harvey victims began to put their lives back together, GSH of Alabama was there to help. Read more about Barbara Stokes at WDRB.com.
GSH of Alabama uses innovative designs and engineering methods to supply those impacted by natural disasters with temporary housing while the victims start to rebuild their lives. GSH is on the FEMA Register as a Disaster Relief Construction Contractor. GSH has worked with the Department of State, Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security on different contract requirements.
Stokes says that GSH of Alabama customized their manufacturing facilities to help people in need of temporary housing. Stokes says that GSH uses the data from FEMA trailers to create fire suppression systems and access ramps for every Mobile Housing Unit. Stokes helped create the design of the fire safety technology. Barbara Stokes relies on the knowledge that she gained while studying manufacturing and thermodynamics in college.
Learning From Hurricane Katrina
During the amount of time that it took to get approval for relief aid, many families lost their lives due to Hurricane Katrina. As a result, FEMA now has pre-written authorization in place to help cut down on military response times. Congress also passed legislation that mandates communities to create disaster plans.
Federal and local responders communicate more now, which allows things to run smoother. Medical facilities were damaged as a result of Katrina. Many patients were left behind. This caused the Department of Health and Human Services to create emergency plans and requirements for all hospitals that receive Medicaid or Medicare.
During Hurricane Katrina, local authorities were preventing boats with volunteer rescuers on them from helping because they viewed the volunteers as a liability. However, the subsequent natural disasters have shown that relief efforts often require as many helping hands as possible. The increased volunteer efforts helped save thousands of lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Learn more about Barbara Stokes at Crunchbase.