IFRC Shelter Kit consists of a collection of tools and fixings along with two plastic tarpaulins. Items such as a handsaw, rope, nails, shovel, hoe, and additional tools typically used in post-disaster home repair are included. The kit does not provide any materials to build a structure.
A collection of tools stored in double-walled carton box.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
IFRC and Shelter Box will distribute the kits in target areas following a disaster if they feel the items and tools in the kit could be beneficial to the displaced families.
Distributions to Date Status
50,000 as of 2008
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Speed of assembly
Footprint area (m²)
Internal volume (m³)
Flammable Flash Point Temperature (°C)
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The kit includes tarpaulins, rope, hand saw, roofing nails, shovel, hoe, machete, tin snips, nails, tie wire, claw hammer, and woven sack. The shipping weight is 11 kg.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Vetted Performance Status
Complementary Technical Systems
Since the shelter kit consists only of tools, locally harvested or purchased construction materials are required for the kit to be used.
Academic Research and References
Fredriksen A. 2014, Emergency shelter topologies: locating humanitarian space in mobile and material practice, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(1):147-162.
Tafahomi, M., 2013, Learning from the past post-disaster emergency shelters, 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN). International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED), pp. 2680-2689.
Slater, J., 2014, Urban systems of the refugee camp, Syracuse, (NY): Syracuse University.
World Health Organization, 1999, Development of a disaster preparedness tool kit for nursing and midwifery: report on a WHO meeting, Coleraine, United Kingdom 20-21 August 1999 (No. EUR/ICP/DLVR 02 04 02). Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Compliance with regulations