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n mid-October 2019, as wildϐires raged along
the West Coast, it seemed to Donny Vasquez,
co-owner of Made in the Shade Tent Rentals
Inc., as if all of California was aϐlame. Located
in West Sacramento, hours from the areas
hardest hit by the conϐlagration, the tent-rentalonly company was busy with multiple huge events,
recalls Vasquez. Yet when the call came in on a
Saturday asking if tents could be supplied to the
various ϐire areas, the company took action.
" Because of the urgency of that request, and
because it came in during our peak season, we
used equipment that could be loaded quickly, "
he says. " So to make 20-by-100 tents, we used
ϐive 20-by-20 marquee tents in a row.
" Once again, because of the urgency of the
rental, we dispatched multiple crews towards the
Bay Area without knowing the exact locations, "
Vasquez continues. " The crews stood by until
instructions were received. We didn't have much
choice, given that it takes up to two hours to
navigate the Bay Area from Sacramento. "
The crews-six to eight went out, each having
three or four installers-sat for hours until they
could get the speciϐics. Ultimately, they delivered
to eight locations for that customer, a tent rental
company that had been preapproved to submit
these kinds of bids to the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA). Paciϐic Gas and
Electric Co. (PG&E) was the primary renter, says
Vasquez. In addition to providing meeting/check-

The Shelter G-Series of tent structures are
a popular disaster response option. The
tents are often used to provide sleeping
and dining quarters, and have also been
deployed for COVID-19 testing and vaccine
distribution. Their lightweight, strong design
and universal parts allow for easy handling
in the field. Photo courtesy of Shelter
Structures America Inc.

The FR Series (First Response) tent from Shelter
Structures provides an instant-response solution
for fires or other disasters. The tents incorporate
inflatable air beam technology to erect in under 10
minutes. During the pandemic, the FR Series has
been used for virus testing and vaccine distribution.
Photo courtesy of Shelter Structures America Inc.
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