It’s now clear that the impact of Sandy will be felt for years and possibly decades to come. As communities in the storm-affected areas embark on the long road to recovery, we’re reminded of a similar situation just last year in western Massachusetts.
On June 1st, Springfield, Massachusetts, was ravaged by a tornado. Though western Massachusetts did not face nearly the destruction residents of New Jersey and New York woke up to on Tuesday morning in the wake of superstorm Sandy, many of the same challenges arose. Particularly, the tornado, like Sandy, affected schools and their ability to operate and house students.
Schools Turn to Modular Classrooms
In Springfield, the rare tornado caused severe damage to two schools: Elias J. Brookings and Mary A. Dryden. Overall, 700 students were displaced as a result of the damage. This left the schools scrambling, as the district had only one day to come up with a proposal to receive $2 million in emergency relief from FEMA. Plus, the schools needed to reopen by the beginning of the following year on September 1st.
After quickly receiving approval from FEMA, the district ultimately decided to build three modular buildings using ModSpace’s fleet of portable classrooms, including one with two stories and an elevator. Even with a foundation needing to be built to properly support the modular schools, the project was completed in time for the following school year. In the end, as long-term school disruptions were eliminated.
The true effects of superstorm Sandy are still coming into focus, and rebuilding efforts are underway. Portable storage containers, office trailers, mobile offices, temporary medical facilities, and permanent modular construction will again prove extremely valuable in expediting the cleanup and rebuilding process for agencies like FEMA, the American Red Cross, state and local authorities, and private businesses.