During one of the world’s largest natural disasters – Hurricane Katrina – thousands of people were displaced from their homes in Mississippi and surrounding states. The event required aid from the U.S. government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to shelter the people left homeless following the hurricane.
FEMA officials contacted Bechtel on August 29, 2005, the day the hurricane struck, to partner in the massive effort to provide shelters to those in need. Bechtel teams were on the ground within days, and by September 8, the first mobile housing units had been installed.
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.
The housing operation was the fastest in FEMA's history.