Preparing for a Natural Disaster

Preparing for a Natural Disaster

Power outage occurs.  Are you prepared?  As northerners count down the days until the winter storm season ends, southern and coastal communities are bracing for hurricane season.  The season begins on June 1. Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project is calling for 13 named storms this year.  Five are likely to become hurricanes.  Two may strengthen into major storms (Category 3 or higher).

Reliable cold storage is imperative for families, medical centers, restaurants, and grocery stores during and after a storm.  It could be a matter of life and death. That is why it is crucial to prepare your home and business for a power outage.  We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you preserve perishable items during and after a storm.

using a candle in a power outage

Preserving Personal and Retail Products During a Power Outage

With some simple preventative measures in place, you can easily safeguard your family’s food and your business’ inventory:

  • Place appliance thermometers in all of your freezers and refrigerators so that you can ensure your perishables are at a safe temperature for consumption during a power outage. 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less in a refrigerator and 0 degrees Fahrenheit or less in a freezer is considered safe.
  • Before the storm hits, fill plastic storage bags or small containers with water and freeze them. If the power goes out, use them to fit around food in the refrigerator and freezer to keep food cold.
  • Freeze leftovers, milk and meat that you do not need immediately to keep them at a safe temperature longer.
  • Figure out where you may be able to purchase dry or block ice to put in coolers with your perishables in case the power is out for more than four hours.
  • Limit the number of times you open the refrigerator and freezer. A refrigerator will stay cold for roughly four hours and a full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours with minimal opening.
  • Fill your washing machine with ice and place perishable items inside to keep them colder longer. Once the ice has melted, the water will drain just like it would if you had run a load of laundry.
  • Purchase a generator or to keep necessities like AC/heat, cell phone chargers and refrigerators running or alternate cold storage to preserve perishables.
  • Many vaccines will retain their properties despite slight changes in temperature, however, more sensitive vaccines like MMR or Varivax may be compromised, so it is important to monitor the temperature of the cold storage they are in.
  • The CDC recommends that vaccine providers establish agreements with other facilities, such as hospitals, to serve as emergency storage facilities during power outages.

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Recovering from a Power Outage

Once the storm has passed and power has returned, it’s important to evaluate all perishable items and throw away anything that may have been compromised:

  • Check the thermometers you placed inside your refrigerator and freezer and throw out any items that have been above the minimum temperature for two hours or more.
  • Throw out any items that have an unusual odor, color or texture.
  • Do not taste test a food to determine if it is safe. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If your home or business flooded, do not eat anything that may have come into contact with the water.

Other Cold Storage Solutions

Refrigerated containers are the ultimate solution to preserving food and pharmaceuticals during and after natural disasters. These containers provide customers with a consistent temperature-controlled space that runs on a generator, so you can keep temperatures low even when power is lost.

It’s never too early to start preparing for the next storm season and putting measures in place to ensure that your personal and business inventory will be protected during a power outage.

Office Trailer vs. Ground Level Office Container

Office Trailer vs. Ground Level Office Container

Businesses move from job site to job site,.  It is essential to have a portable office area that moves with your company. You need a safe place to conduct on-site business.  Additionally, it is vital to store and complete paperwork on site.  Having a place where your employees can go when they need help or information is important also. 

Portable offices are standard in industries like construction.  This is true for the oil and gas industry. However, any business may find it necessary to have an office setting that can be moved when needed, such as emergency response teams. 

Businesses have two choices when it comes to portable office structures. They can use a mobile home converted into an office or a portable storage container repurposed as an office.  The latter is commonly known as a Ground Level Office Container. 

The Difference Between Trailers and Ground Level Office Containers 

Trailers and storage containers converted into portable offices both serve the same purpose. However, there are many differences between these two structures. Comparing the differences will help you select the right structure for your company. 

– Construction 

Portable storage containers are constructed from steel and are made to be very durable. These containers were designed to withstand harsh conditions and be strong enough to stack nine containers high without bending. 

Mobile trailers are generally constructed from steel and aluminum. Some of the trailers may also have vinyl parts and plywood. These trailers are constructed for continual use but under less strenuous conditions. 

– Height of Entrance 

Trailers are constructed to be connected to a chassis and wheels for easy movement. However, when the trailer arrives at its destination, it does not come off the frame. This means that you will be required to install OSHA approved stairs and railings to the trailer for it to be considered safe to use. Depending on the building codes in the area you will place the trailer, you may also need to make it wheelchair accessible. 

Portable storage containers are built to be accessed at ground level. Once your storage container arrives, you will not have to add stairs or other features to make it an OSHA approved structure. 

– How and Where the Office Will be Moved 

If all of your job sites are located on evenly paved roads, there should not be a lot of problems moving your trailer when you need to move on to the next job site. Yet, trailers are not built as sturdy as storage containers.  Rough terrain and continual moving of these structures can significantly shorten their usefulness. 

When you need to move a portable storage container to a new job site, all you have to do is have it placed on a flatbed truck.  You can move it anywhere that you desire. Since the truck will absorb most of the bumps on the road, regardless of terrain, your container office will travel to its next location with ease. 

Portables 360 is available to discuss the benefits of ground level office containers with you.

Dry Ice & Cold Storage

Dry Ice & Cold Storage

There are many occasions where the use of dry ice and cold storage are beneficial. Businesses need to store food products in controlled temperatures, storage of medications and temperature-controlled storage of certain types of beverages are a few of the uses for a cold storage system. 

Portable containers are an affordable solution for cold storage. There are many dry ice benefits such as keeping temperatures below freezing or filling empty space in a cold storage container. Additional dry ice benefits include having the ice available when you need to ship small packages that require the temperature to remain steady for your customers. Air conditioning can also be installed into these units.  This is perfect if you need a steady temperature that is not below the freezing mark. 

A cold storage container can be placed anywhere on a property as long as the ground is level.  They are easy to move when necessary. Portable shipping containers can also be used to transport cold goods and dry ice to areas in need.  Disaster zones or areas suffering from extreme temperatures benefit immensely. 

Why Do Shipping Containers Make Good Cold Storage Units? 

One of the main reasons that shipping containers make such good cold storage units is because of how well they seal. The containers were originally designed to move merchandise across the globe on a ship. Ships are exposed to wind, water, and all kinds of weather conditions.  Because of this, containers have been constructed to seal tightly.  This ensures water and air cannot enter the container and cause merchandise harm. 

Once converted into a cold storage unit, containers retain the ability to stay sealed.  This ensures the temperature stays consistent within the unit. Dry ice and regular frozen or refrigerated goods can maintain an even temperature easily when they are placed in a refrigerated shipping container. 

Portables 360 will help you select the right shipping container to convert into a cold storage unit. We offer a variety of sizes.  Additionally, we will make any alterations to the container you feel necessary.  Your business will benefit from your cold storage unit. 

Shipping Containers Benefit the Telecom Industry

Shipping Containers Benefit the Telecom Industry

The telecom industry is growing at a rate unseen in any other industry. As new technologies emerge, the Internet is a major part of their functions. Demand for more telecom access will increase. These technologies are referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). This is an industry that is anticipated to be valued at over $1.6 trillion by 2025!

With the exponential growth of this industry in mind, telecom companies need to find cost-effective ways to protect telecom equipment. This helps them expand at the same rate as the technology industry.

The Benefits of Shipping Containers as Telecom Shelters 

Telecom shelters are protective units that contain telecommunications equipment.  This enables the areas that the shelter serves to access the Internet. These shelters house sensitive equipment.  Shelters must be able to protect the equipment from weather conditions, vandalism, and theft. 

Most of these shelters are made from precast concrete that has to be modified to allow for temperature control and security. Shelters are also permanent structures. This causes additional costs to the telecom company when expanding in an area.  Moving the shelter is costly but is necessary at times.

Portables360 found the perfect solution for the telecom industry.  Convert shipping containers into telecom shelters! 

The benefits of shipping containers as telecom shelters include: 

  • Weather-resistant construction even in the most extreme temperatures 
  • Easy to modify the interior to accommodate equipment 
  • Climate control features can be added 
  • Easy to secure 
  • Portable solution and can easily be moved to rough terrains 

A close look at the need for telecom shelters shows that using portable containers will fill the need for rapid expansion efforts.  Using these containers will also reduce the cost of expansion. Shipping containers are built for extended use in the most extreme conditions. These containers will outlast any concrete container by years. 

Shipping containers are available in a variety of sizes.     Each container can be customized for a specific location or need. The telecom industry will significantly benefit from using portable shipping containers.  They are the perfect alternative to the concrete telecom structure currently being used.  

 

Problems Solved by Placing Shipping Containers on Wheels

Problems Solved by Placing Shipping Containers on Wheels

 

One of the options that we offer on our shipping containers is a chassis. Adding wheels to a shipping container solves many issues for businesses that have special needs for their containers. 

 

Shipping Containers on Wheels

 

A business may need their shipping storage container to be at a certain height to reach a loading dock.  Perhaps they need the container to be easily moved around a distribution center. Having a chassis attached to the container allows business owners to complete these tasks without any problems. 

A shipping container on wheels is also a great asset for businesses that have to move a container into areas where the roads are less than desirable. Some remote areas may not be able to accommodate a semi-truck delivery of the container. By having the container on wheels, you can tow the container yourself to a remote location. 

A final benefit of having the shipping container on wheels is its ability to be put into motion instantly. Many government entities, charities, and businesses have found that they need to reach an area and set up their office quickly.  And example is a disaster-hit area. Having the container able to be hooked up to a truck and moved within minutes is beneficial to all. 

In most cases, we use a 6-wheel chassis system with a goose-neck hook up that can be pulled by any heavy-duty pickup truck with the right hitch. This solution is perfect for many different businesses and entities that need portability for their container. 

Our containers that have a chassis built in have all the necessary supports in place to ensure that when your container is moving, the integrity of the container remains high. Your container will arrive at its next location ready to use. 

 

Customized Containers Reduce Business Overhead 

 

Options are limitless with shipping containers!  You can customize your shipping container with a chassis.  In addition, you can have two containers connected for larger office space.  Again, options are limitless!  Repurposing these cargo containers into something your business needs will save you money over time. 

Shipping containers are sturdy, weather-resistant, and are easy to maintain. They can easily be converted into any type of space.  Don’t forget!  They can be made mobile. The lifespan of these containers averages two decades.  This makes them much more affordable than new construction.  Give us a call or email.  We look forward to helping you!