Worlds Strongest Emergency / Disaster Relief Dome and Yurt Shelter Tents

We have provided relief shelters to UN, FEMA, USOC, USAID, DWOB, etc.

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Shelter Systems has provided shelters world wide for over 30 years. Our shelters are durable, portable and affordable. They come in a range of sizes from 14 foot to 30 feet in diameter. They are perfectly suited for sheltering disaster victims and relief workers and can provide excellent shelter for field hospitals, clinics and gathering spaces for communities.

Relief Dome Tent Shelters in Nepal

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"i cannot describe the excitement of everybody (even the Nepal Customs officials) when they saw the tents…. the only thing here that is close is what the Chinese brought in, and I’m unclear as to how waterproof those are.
But everybody goes crazy when they see the tent. You guys are a very big hit here in Kathmandu. Today, we started airlifting tents and some of our folks to the most remote areas around Everest where no relief agency has been. We’ll have pics of that too. So check for updates, and please use the pics any way you choose - you can credit Chabad of Nepal. The orphanages of course, were utterly heartbreaking but the kids were so excited to help set the tents up, even if was just holding a tent piece until we needed it….."

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Worlds Strongest Dome Tents Since 1976
Shelter Systems' Relief Tents are dome shaped patented Geotensic structures that are stronger than any other structure made of the same materials. Because of its curved shape with no corners, there are no weak points. They are made of a strong, tear-resistant fabric and non-puncturing tarp fasteners, and are guaranteed leak proof. Our patented structure is drum tight, waterproof and wind-resistant. Shelter Systems' domes perform very well in strong wind and rain.

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Shelter System's 18' Relief Dome Tents in Venezuela
Just a quick update on the status of the tents we purchased from you. All but the last 251 tents arrived Sunday in Lake Maracaibo. I understand the initial reaction is they are quite pleased with these tents. By our calculations, they should provide shelter for up to almost 10,000 people left homeless by the recent floods. We personally realize how hard you guys worked to ensure these shipments arrived according to our emergency schedule and were able to accommodate our every need. Please extend our grateful appreciation to all of your wonderful people for the long and arduous hours, while not forgetting to extend our thanks to the trucking company that delivered as promised. It has been a pleasure working with such professionals to ensure the success of this humanitarian endeavor.
Regards, Geoff
(See the full testimonial and more photos here)

Easy Set Up
Shelter Systems' Emergency Disaster Relief Yurt and Dome Tents can be set up by most people in 30 minutes without tools. Insert the interchangeable poles into factory-attached connectors spaced evenly over the cover. The poles bend slightly when inserted, tightening the cover into a wind- and waterproof shelter. The cover is freestanding requiring no guy lines and can be moved into the desired position or location without disassembly. The YurtDome can be taken down in 5 minutes: just remove the poles and roll up the covering. (Instruction Manual) (Full Manual)

Shown below is the easy set up of the 30' Emergency Disaster Relief Yurt Dome Tent:

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Sturdy Design
Shelter Systems' patented Emergency Disaster Relief Yurt Dome are very strong and well supported in multiple locations for balanced freestanding strength. Their drum tight domed shape sheds the wind well and offers the minimal surface area for the wind to push against. They are the strongest structure available for the materials used. We strive to make a durable, highly portable shelter at an affordable price that will out preform all tents but those made of much heavier and or expensive materials.

Relief Domes have the poles on the outside with the covering suspended under the frame via Shelter Systems' own Grip Clip tarp fasteners, such that the frame and the covering are not in direct contact. Because the covering is under constant and even tension, the tent will not flap or shred in high wind, poles cannot rub against the covering, which would eventually wear holes in it, and water and leaf debris cannot get caught in dips between poles.

The shingled panels of our Relief Domes overlap each other by 6", making the structure very strong and completely leak proof (we have a leak-proof guarantee for all of our domes). The shingling design allows the structure to breathe for excellent air circulation and so moisture is driven out by vapor pressure, preventing condensation. Shelter Systems' patented Grip Clips™ tarp fasteners are used to join the dome's cover to the pole frame and to fasten the shingled panels together. Grip Clips remove the need for sewn seams or grommets that puncture the cover, which would allow rain to enter.

We do not rate our domes for wind as the wind comes in gusts. Shelter Systems' domes have withstood storms that gusted in excess of 60 mph ( ). This wind storm that lasted about 2 hours. We do not recommend our domes for constant or extreme wind or areas known for extreme wind such as certain hill tops or valleys. Wet snow can be very heavy, thus snow build up must be brushed or melted off. Our domes most often recover from failure in high wind or heavy snow. If a well anchored dome fails from extreme wind what usually happens is that a small number of poles fail and the cover collapses. After the storm passes the broken pvc poles can be easily field repaired or replaced and the dome put up again with little harm to the covering.

At right: Shelter System's Relief Dome Tents in Haiti after 2010 earthquake
The tents we ordered have made it to our relief camp in Caneille Haiti. The people are greatly blessed to see them and how large they are. Once they figured out how they went together, they all went up quickly. As we have traveled about and encountered other tent camps, we have seen a number of Shelter Systems tents. Looks like you've had your hands full. -Lane (see testimonial here)

Durable Materials
Shelter Systems' Emergency and Disaster Relief Yurt and Dome Tents have a covering made wholly of a superstrong, tear-proof, white multilaminate woven ripstop film which will not rot or mildew. It is UV stabilized to withstand up to 3 years full sun exposure and treated with fire retardant. The fabric is a super strong, high tensile strength, rip-stop, completely waterproof, mildew resistant, and cannot be torn by hand, evRelief Domes and Yurtsen after it is cut. The white color of the covering reflects the heat of the sun and provides 40% shade. This US made, proprietary material is the finest material we could find to make our tents from.
The Poles are of high quality US made PVC that is admirable for its strength, resiliency, long life, natural UV stability for a long sun life, and its strength to weight and cost ratio. The poles we use are Class 200, 3/4" to 1 1/4"-diameter (3.5 cm.) PVC tubing.
Shelter Systems' Patented Grip Clips that we use to join the domes cover to its poles are molded of a UV stabilized resin blended specifically for it high strength and durably.


Shelter Systems domes are reliable and affordable Emergency and Disaster Relief Shelters. Our waterproof design does not require a rain fly and the particular geometric shape utilizes material efficiently. The high performance covering is affordable and the design and tarp fasteners used mean our tents are labor efficient to build.

Lightweight and Freestanding:

Shelter Systems' Emergency Disaster Relief Shelters are shipped in compact light-weight packages. Set up is quick, easy, and they are freestanding, allowing them to be picked up and moved easily to where they are needed.

Shelter System's Relief Dome Tents in Venezuela:

Comfortable Living Space
Shelter Systems' Disaster Relief Yurt and Dome Tents are light filled and well ventilated. The white covering creates a pleasingly bright interior. Shelter Systems' 5.4 meter Emergency Disaster Relief Tent has four flap doors evenly spaced around the dome for good cross ventilation and light. The door coverings close automatically so you can go in or out quickly. There are no zippers to fumble with or break. Over each door is a translucent skylight window which allows 90% of the sunlight to pass through it while preserving the privacy of the people within.

comfortable living space Shelter Systems' Emergency Relief Shelters are winter-ready tents. They do not require a fly or liner (for extreme cold we do offer a liner). Our Relief Tents are completely water tight and will not leak. The shingled construction allows moist air to be driven out through the by vapor pressure. Shelter Systems' Relief Shelters have a minimal surface area for their volume and are thus easy to keep warm with a stove (Stove installation instructions) and (Full Manual) are included with each tent).

Overhead ventilation is easily attained by inserting a lightweight object (e.g., an empty can) between panels. This ventilation is shingled and sheds rain. When the can is removed, the panels snap shut. For maximum ventilation the walls themselves can be rolled up. (see this done with the 30' relief dome shown above).

The dome shape has other comfort features: The interior can be divided into "rooms." The tent has more volume than a flat-sided one and therefore feels, and is, more spacious. The shape is more heat efficient requiring less fuel to heat it. Air circulates more evenly in the dome shape than any other shape. The cover of the dome is easily cleaned with a damp cloth.

Shelter System's Relief Dome Tents in Pakistan:

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Complete and Adaptable
Shelter Systems' Emergency and Disaster Relief Yurt Dome Tents come complete with poles, high quality 12" Durapeg stakes, guy lines for extreme wind settings, ventilation tubes, spare parts (Grips Clips and pole connectors) and a (Instruction Manual) and (Full Manual) that details floors, site selection, anchoring, cooling, winterizing, and stove installation.

Shelter Systems' Emergency and Disaster Relief Yurt Dome Tents are ideally suited for most climates; however, they can be further adapted for use in extreme climates. For the extreme cold, where fuel is in short supply, we offer a full liner. For extreme heat, we offer net doors and a sunshade which blocks 70% of the sunlight. Other accessories available include rain porches and floors.

Shelter Systems' Relief Domes were featured in the 2011 Emergency Shelter Exhibition at the Customs House in Sydney See more about the exhibit here

Comparing our Emergency Disaster Relief Dome Tents More on sizes
These are manufactured for and sold exclusively to relief agencies
14 foot (4.2 meter) Emergency Disaster Relief Tent Shelters More Info on 14' relief domes
100 - $340.00 each; 500 - $319 each; 1000 - $297 each
18 foot (5.4 meter) Emergency Disaster Relief Tent Shelters More Info on 18' relief domes
100 - $418.00 each; 500 - $385 each; 1000 - $352 each
30 foot (9 meter) Emergency Disaster Relief Tent More Info on 30' relief domes
50 - $990.00 each; 20 - $880 each

Table Comparing Our Relief Domes:
Actual size/weight of packed domes and prices may vary. Call for latest information and price quotes

  14 foot (4.2 meter) 18 foot (5.4 meter) 30 foot (9 meter)
volume  718 ft3 (20.5 m3) 1526 ft3 (43.5 m3) 4662.5 ft3 (133 m3)
diameter 14 ft (4.2 m) 18 ft (5.4 m) 30 ft (9 m)
floor size 154 ft2 (14.32 m2) 254 ft2 (23.62 m2) 706 ft2 (65.66 m2)
height at max. 7 ft (2.1 m) 9 ft (2.75 m) 11 ft (3.35 m)
time to set up 20 minutes 20 minutes 45 minutes
time to take down 5 minutes 5 minutes 15 minutes
total weight 43 lb (20.88 kg) 72 lb (32.23 kg) 190 lb (86.4kg)
total packed size 4.75 ft3 (0.13 m3) 7.66 ft3 (0.21 m3) 20.94 ft3 (6.4 m3)
size of poles package 46" x 8" x 8" @22lbs 57" x 10" x 10" @ 44 lbs 2 x (62" x 12" x 12" @ 56 lbs
size of tent covering package 28" x 13" x 13" @20lbs 36" x 16" x 16" @ 32 lbs 43" x 20" x 20" @ 67 lbs
no. of packages shipped as 2 bags shipped as 2 bags shipped as 3 bags
price, order of 1000 $297 each $352 each  
price, order of 500 $319 each $385 each  
price, order of 100 $340 each $418 each  
price, order of 50     $880 each
price, order of 20     $990 each
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price, sunshade 12'x12' 70% sun blocking call for quote call for quote call for quote
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