Barbara Stokes Delivers Disaster Relief
June 17, 2018
In 2005, New Orleans made headlines around the US when Hurricane Katrina hit, then Hurricane Rita followed to inflict even more damage on the battered region. After the floodwaters receded and media coverage waned, the families who lived in the affected communities returned to the area to pick up the pieces of their lives. FEMA stepped in with temporary shelters for those families who had either lost their homes or were waiting for them to become livable again. Unfortunately, these shelters ended up being plagued with issues due to faulty design and toxic levels of formaldehyde. Read more about Barbara Stokes at The Cullman Times.
Meanwhile in Huntsville, Alabama, Barbara Stokes and her husband Scott knew there was a better way to make temporary homes for families going through disaster reconstruction. Together they founded Green Structure Homes which is now being utilized by FEMA and HUD for their disaster relief efforts. What sets Green Structure Homes apart is their process. Instead of contracting out their work, it is done in-house and by locals within affected communities. Read this article at businessinsider.com. Their affordable homes are quick to assemble so they can be on-location quickly when disaster strikes. Since their homes are energy efficient, families can use them long-term, as is often necessary when rebuilding after floods and major environmental disasters. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017, Barbara Stokes was called into action, bringing their Green Structure Homes to those in need.
The Mercer University graduate got her start double majoring in biochemical engineering and physics. Fellow engineer Scott also left his high-paying job along with his wife to start their company. Their experience with government contracts and manufacturing processes come in handy while running the company as CEO and COO. Their dedication to restoring families and communities keeps them pushing forward as industry leaders.