The devastating El Reno, OK tornado that struck on May 31, 2013 killed 8 people and destroyed a 29 buildings along its deadly path. The EF5 tornado was the widest and second-strongest tornado on record, and it completely destroyed the home of the Mulanax family in Union City, OK. In response to the devastation, MODS International, a shipping container shelter manufacturer, donated and delivered a 40' home to the family in mid-June. The container will serve as their temporary home while their land is cleared of the debris and a new home is constructed.
MODS International is a builder of shipping container homes and shelters geared towards temporary situations. Disaster relief is exactly what the founder had in mind when starting the company. Doug Larson, founder and president of MODS® International, stated on their blog, “We’re excited to be a part of the humanitarian relief effort in Oklahoma. This is one of the many uses I envisioned when I created MODS®. I’ll be there in person to deliver it, and our unit will provide a safe haven for this family while they rebuild.”
The container was shipped from the company’s Appleton, Wisconsin factory on a flat bed truck to the Mulanex family’s land in Union City, OK. Their home had been completely ripped to shreds by the tornado and the family of 5 was lucky enough to have survived in their underground shelter during the disaster. The 40′ container is weather tight and completely mobile and includes a small living space, a kitchenette, bathroom and bedroom. The roughly 300 sq ft home provides the necessities for the family as they work to reclaim their home and rebuild.
During the installation of the container home, local Fire Chief Kent Lagaly and Oklahoma State Representative Joe Dorman were at hand to watch and give a helping hand. The container will stay on site until renovations are complete, which allows the family to live on their land.
Via Jetson Green
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