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Keith Krzeminski, executive vice
president for Shelter Structures
America Inc., a Palos Verdes Estates,
Calif., distributor of large tent
structures, says many of his company's
products can be used for disaster
response. Shelter Structures, which
carries a wide range of clearspans,
serves the event and industrial
markets, as well as ϐirst responder/
disaster relief and glamping.
Two of its most popular tent structures
for disaster relief are the G-Series and the
FR-Series, says Krzeminski. The G-Series
are typically used for sleeping, dining,
virus testing and vaccine distribution. The
inϐlatable FR-Series (First Responder)
tents are often deployed for medical
uses at hospitals, for ϐire and disaster
response, and for virus testing and
vaccine distribution. Disaster demand
has been strong, says Krzeminski.
" The hospitals, medical locations as
well as ϐirst responders are all running
out of space and tents are needed for
expansion, " he explains. " The demand
has changed over the past year due to

increased need of agencies to manage
disasters, ϐires and weather events. "
Then there's the ongoing impact of the
pandemic, which Krzeminski says has
increased demand for short-term and
long-term solutions.
" Tents are playing a critical role in
infrastructure, building expansion, for
example, hospitals and restaurants, as
well as creating new space to manage the
pandemic, " he says.

THE PANDEMIC EFFECT
The pandemic has escalated the need
for tents, helping bring much-needed
business to tent rental companies.
" It felt like the world was going to
end in March [2020], " says George
Smith, president/CEO of Mahaffey
Fabric Structures, a clearspan tent
company based in Memphis, Tenn.,
that does special events, industrial
and disaster rentals nationwide. " But
by early May, we were fortunate to
start getting [requests] for testing
tents and lunch tents for extra capacity
for businesses to social distance. "

Shortly after the pandemic hit, Mahaffey
purchased 2,000 10-by-10-foot tents
from various providers throughout the
U.S., manufacturing some as well. Their
destination was the New Orleans Ernest
N. Morial Convention Center, which was
transformed into COVID-19 recovery
rooms. Mahaffey installed the tents as they
arrived. Photos courtesy of Mahaffey USA.

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