A massive effort by Bechtel and the U.S. government provided shelter to tens of thousands of people in Mississippi left homeless following Hurricane Katrina. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials contacted Bechtel on August 29, 2005, the day the hurricane struck. Bechtel teams were on the ground within days, and by September 8, the first mobile housing units had been installed.
Bechtel provided shelter to nearly 100,000 people in the fastest housing operation in FEMA’s history.
As part of a wide-ranging program for FEMA, Bechtel delivered and readied for occupancy more than 35,000 temporary housing units, providing shelter to nearly 100,000 people in Mississippi. Bechtel also worked with local officials to identify open space for group housing, and to construct the infrastructure for the group housing locations.