October 20, 2008; updated November 10, 2008   

The Board’s Advisory Committee on Emergency Transportable Housing will present its recommendations at the Board’s next meeting in November. This committee was organized to examine access to housing trailers made available by the government in response to natural disasters and emergencies. Access to such housing proved problematic in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The committee, which included representation from disability groups, industry and code groups, and government agencies, reviewed standard designs for these types of trailers and assessed engineering and other constraints. The committee’s findings indicate how, and to what extent, emergency transportable housing can be made accessible according to existing specifications for residential facilities.

The committee’s presentation to the Board will take place November 18th from 2:30 to 5:00 at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, in Arlington, Virginia. For further information, contact Marsha Mazz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (202) 272-0020 (v), or (202) 272-0082 (TTY). Information on the work of this committee is posted on the committee's homepage.