Emergency Housing

MODS® Emergency Housing

As the first big storms of the season roar across the southern United States, MODS® International stands ready to assist in providing emergency housing and shelter to displaced victims of the week long tornado and severe weather outbreak that has so far claimed as many as 35 lives across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

tornado-shelterToday, 37 million people on the east coast and southern states are in the path of these strong storms. Places like Jacksonville, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, Virginia Beach, Raleigh, North Carolina and Atlanta should all prepare for severe weather bearing down on those areas. Spring is the time that everyone should prepare for severe weather by having a plan and supplies in place before bad weather strikes.

MODS® Emergency shelters can provide a comfortable temporary or permanent home in case the worst happens. A properly installed MODS® home can provide shelter from strong storms and tornadoes with winds up to 200mph. CONTACT US today for any questions on availability, pricing and delivery.

Learn more about tornadoes with this Tornado Fast Facts link.


Aftermath of 2013 El Reno Twister near Union City, OK.
MODS® Emergency Housing providing temporary shelter for local family.

Tragic Start to 2014 Tornado Season

Quapaw, Oklahoma –
Happily the 2014 tornado season is off to a slow start, but sadly the first severe storm outbreak has claimed it’s first fatality in a Joplin, Missouri area twister. The storm, located southwest of Joplin in Quapaw, Oklahoma struck at about 6pm on Sunday April 26th 2014 .  Watch the video report from local news source KOTV Tulsa, OK for the full story.

NewsOn6.com – Tulsa, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports – KOTV.com |

Strong Summer Storms?
The Weather Channel reports that cold spring weather has delayed the onset of strong storms as the polar vortex continues to idle near the US and Canada border.  A mere 21 tornadoes have touched down this year, well below the average of 96 by this time on any given spring in the Midwest. The lingering cold front may trigger powerful storms as the season advances. Now is the time to consider safe locations in your house and to drill your family members in preparing for severe weather.

Be Prepared:
MODS® International delivers emergency housing to areas hit by severe weather outbreaks or natural disaster.
Prepare now by added a storm safe shelter to your new or existing home. Combined with a firm concrete foundation, the 20′ Tornado Bunker can provide shelter for winds up to 200 mph.

F5 tornado damage
F5 Tornado Damage

Buried shelters require a well drained foundation and concrete side walls. Free standing MODS® storm shelters properly anchored to a concrete foundation can provide protection from winds up to 200 mph, delivering superior protection to traditional stick construction. They even offer protection from EMI, EMP and Lightning.

Since an F5 tornado can scour a concrete highway clean away, it is recommended that the MODS® be set underground. This configuration provides extreme F4 and F5 protection against the worst Mother Nature can throw your way.

Last year, as part of the humanitarian relief effort, MODS® International donated a single family living unit to a displaced family of the F3 El Reno twister that struck near Union City, Oklahoma. Watch the following video to learn how MODS® helped this one family in need of fast, comfortable shelter.

June 17 2013 Union City Oklahoma: MODS helps out after Tornado
News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |
More photos of the MODS® 2013 humanitarian relief effort.
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Temporary On-Site Office Design - Two 40' Containers

Sea Container Homes

About Sea Container Homes:

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MODS workers outfitting a shipping container into a comfortable housing structure.

Call it a Sea Container, Shipping Container, ISO Container, Intermodal Container, freight container, hi-cube, Conex box or Sea Can, they’re all the same. These standardized freight containers are designed for rigorous intercontinental ocean transport or by cross country truck or rail. They are extremely strong and can withstand pounding waves and weather, keeping the contents secure and dry.

With the current global economic balance, loading docks are seeing a surplus of sea containers that have been used for only one transoceanic crossing and will unlikely be used again. While this may sound sound like a bit of a problem, a little ingenuity, carpentry and some electrical and plumbing work is turning what was once a cold, dark  shipping box into a warm, dry and comfortable living space that is portable enough for rapid deployment anywhere in the world.

To begin their sea container home manufacturing process, MODS selects units in top condition that have seen only one gentle trip overseas. Each container is inspected to be sure no hazardous substances are present. Units are cleaned and totally outfitted as a secure, comfortable and affordable home that is very economical to maintain.

Standard sea container housing units include all the amenities for comfortable living including: Efficiency kitchen, full bath with toilet and shower, sleeping area, living area complete with heating and air conditioning. Each MODS is wired and plumbed to code and connects to power and water with conventional 120VAC electrical plug and standard water hose connection. Sewer location is model specific and detailed in drawings so you can prepare the foundation and sewer location before MODS arrival.

As you discover more about sea container homes, you’ll find that they have plenty of other uses. These might include: emergency housing,  man camps. modular homes, storm shelters, shower and bath facilities power and data centers, field offices, dorm style housing, retail store fronts, vacation homes, trade show exhibits and a lot more.

MODS International designs and manufactures Modular On Demand Structures (MODS) for virtually any application. If you can imagine it, MODS can build it!

If you are interested in learning more about MODS International and Sea Container Housing solutions, please CONTACT US using the form at the right side of this page. Thank You!

T.S.Mann Lumber – MODS East Coast Partner

MODS International welcomes T.S. Mann Lumber as East Coast MODS partner.

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Thanks for taking the time to view our “Volume II” of the April Newsletter.  We thought is was definitely important enough to dedicate a whole separate issue to this new amazing product line. MODS. What’s MODS?

Modular On Demand Structures.  T.S. Mann Lumber is the new East Coast Dealer of these unique structures.  MODS International is a Wisconsin-based, special purpose housing company, but these special purpose units have unlimited capability. Our demo unit has arrived, and we can’t wait to show you.  It’s a patented one-bedroom design.  It looks great, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

About Us  :  Contact Us  :  Granite Garden  :  Architectural  :  Flooring  :  Lumber  :  Services  :  Links

Our Demo unit is ready for OPEN HOUSE!

What else can we do? Check these drawings out.


MODS can do it ALL from Standard One and Two Bedroom Units, Construction Trailers, Bunkhouses, College Dorms and even Restaurant and Retail Store Layouts.
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 T.S. Mann Lumber can supply you with landscaping materials too!

Split Rail Fence Call now for your Springtime needs.  Remember, we make them Abe Lincoln style: no posts!  We have a couple hundred in stock for immediate delivery, and raw materials ready to make plenty more.  Some pics of our rails in a Rhode Island park – Some of our Antique Heart Pine Flooring – Our Vintage Wallstone, from our abandoned quarry, we have plenty of pallets ready to go, if you need that vintage weathered pink granite for your project. Cut by hand circa 1880!


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Finally, if you’ve made it this far, it seems you might appreciate what we do. Thank You! Our Bread and Butter is milling vintage beams into some of the finest antique flooring you can find. Our next best attribute is finding just the right surface for your project: Wire-brushed Ash, custom hand hewing on any wood, specialty Fir and Cedar boards & beams, the best vintage barnboard available, or just the coolest chunk of vintage granite for your landscape project. Thanks again, and please come see us again, for the very first time.


Tom Mann
T.S. Mann Lumber Co, Inc.

Lancair Airshow Display

MODS delivers new LancAir display to Sun ‘n Fun 2014

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New LancAir Display

MODS International designed and built this new display for LancAir, a Washington State aircraft builder.  It was an excellent experience working with the entire staff of LancAir.

In the past, LancAir rented tents for the various air shows including the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.  With the new portable venue they can load and travel with everything ready to go when they arrive.

MODS International handles all transportation and set up for LancAir.  They give us an address and we take it from there.   Visit LancAir at www.lancair.com




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