Innovating Shelter for Those in Need

The Cricket System, Inc., of Newburyport MA delivers on its first Purchase Order

Posted by admin on November 01, 2011  /   Posted in News

This June, British Petroleum (BP) placed an order for 26 RDM 9.14 units in four different configurations, following a very successful month-long test of a prototype RDM shelter in Gulf Shores AL. The prototype test period saw hurricane conditions and a near miss by several tornadoes. The RDM (Rapid Deployment Module) is a small, easily set up semi-permanent building that arrives in its own crate (which is actually the floor) and goes together in about 20 minutes with no tools, no additional hardware and no special skills. Following the initial response to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, BP began planning for the long term cleanup and maintenance operations in the Gulf Region. A priority was placed on the ability to consolidate personnel, base camps and resources while also maintaining reach over the entire US Gulf Coast. Because the RDM is easily transported, set up and taken down again for re-use, it was recognized as the ideal solution for BP’s team of environmental cleanup first responders. The first truckload of RDM shelters left Newburyport for the Gulf in September, followed by another truckload in October, the last shipment was ready by November 1. While touring the blacked-out Newburyport assembly facility in the wake of the recent ice storm here in New England, Michael Klaassen (head of deployment and site management for BP/CBRE) commented that he was glad to see Cricket could get it done, even when the disaster was in our own building. Here’s what he has to say about selecting the RDM:

“The RDM’s are versatile and simple, yet it is clear that there was much attention to detail that went into the development of the RDM’s, to make them fool proof for deployment in the field. No tools, or knowledge is required to put them together and that is the beauty of the RDM. You don’t need anything to make it work. Right now the alternative is a 20-foot shipping container, aka a Conex box. The use of 20-foot shipping containers as temporary housing, office space and storage is common; converting them by installing air conditioning units, doors and windows is a cottage industry. The RDM can come in many variations, latrines, showers, kitchens, bunk- beds etc. One of the biggest advantages is that you can ship an RDM on the back of a pickup truck—you can’t do that with Conex box, matter of fact you can ship 10 RDM’s in one shipping container!!”

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