Updated on February 26, 2024


Created on September 16, 2020


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Intershelter is a portable emergency shelter.  

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Product Description

InterShelter is a mobile dome for providing shelter from heavy rainfall, earthquakes, hurricanes, and snowstorms. It consists of 21 potato-shape panels, which can be assembled in 2 hours by 3 people using a screwdriver, wrench, and step ladder.

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Doctors Without Borders, United States Army Corps of Engineers

Manufacturing/Building Method

14' Dome is manufactured in Porterville, CA. All the products are created in the U.S.

Intellectural Property Type

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User Provision Model

This product is distributed by the manufacturer. Customers can request a quote based on dome size and additional specifications.

Distributions to Date Status


Intended number of occupants (#)

Speed of assembly (h)

2 h

Footprint area (m²)

14.3 m2

Internal volume (m³)

38.8 m3

Material composition

Fiberglass panels

Lifespan (years)

50 years

Flammable flash point temperature (ºC)

100 °C

Maximum snow load (kg/m²)

609 kg/m2

Maximum wind speed (km/h)

257.5 km/h

Suitable climates


Design Specifications

Floor space: 14.3 m2 Door opening: 66 x 129 cm2 Interior ceiling height: 2.6 m2 Crate: 180 x 180 x 102 cm3 Weight with crate: 363 kg Weight without crate: 272 kg Materials: HD plastic with a foam core and fiberglass composite

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer

Replacement Components



50 years

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Withstand snow loads of 9.1 m and winds over 289.7 km/h

Vetted Performance Status

According to Wired, the InterShelter can also withstand a Category 4 hurricane or 8.5-magnitude earthquake, insulate its occupants in subzero weather, or survive heavy rainfall.


Fire rating: Class 1A

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Compliance with regulations


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