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.

Transformer on power lines

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.

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!

 

 

Portable Shipping Containers and the Military

Portable Shipping Containers and the Military

The military faces many challenges each day that are not combat-related.  The military is called in to help during natural disasters around the country.  Portables360 can assist with your cold storage solutions when this happens.  One of the military’s primary duties when providing disaster relief, after security has been established, is creating housing for the displaced survivors of the disaster and portable storage containers offer a viable solution. 

Portable shipping containers are a resourceful way of creating secure housing that is affordable, durable, and easy to transport into any area of the world. These containers can quickly be converted into temporary living quarters. Containers can be customized for a comfortable living space that is safe, secure, and weather-resistant. 

Portable Shipping Containers and the Military

Pop-Up Barracks 

Another potential military use for portable shipping containers is housing for the troops when they have been deployed. Portable shipping containers are easy to move around the world and are secure and sturdy enough to provide safe shelter for troops anywhere that they may need to go. Portable shipping containers are also available in 10 foot, 20 foot and 40 foot sizes.

The military can also benefit from using these portable shipping containers as temporary housing on U.S. bases as the military continues to upgrade the barracks on our own bases. 

repurposed portable shipping container used for military barracks

Storage Facilities 

When the military is moving supplies overseas or around the country, having customized portable shipping containers can make the job easier. These secure containers have only one entrance.  This makes them easy to keep locked. They are air-tight and weather-resistant.  Therefore, anything that you ship will stay in its best condition. 

Refrigerated portable shipping containers are perfect for shipping food products and medical supplies. Temperatures can be set so that the products can remain at a specific temperature or be frozen.  

All portable shipping containers can be customized with shelving and electricity so that you can move the products in the best way possible with reduced loss and increased security. Portables360 can customize a portable shipping container to suit your needs.

Portable shipping containers have also been very successful in housing generators when the military needs to bring power into an area. The generator unit can be placed inside the container.  An exhaust port can be customized to the roof of the container.  The generator is protected while in use. 

Portable Command Center 

portable storage containers in the military

Portable shipping containers are also handy to convert into a portable command center. Since the military is called into areas where there may not be an active base, a container can be retrofitted to work as a command center for any operation. 

These portable shipping containers can be wired for electricity, have air conditioning, and have all the customized needs such as work areas, shelving, and entrances placed into the unit to make it fully functional. 

 

 

DIY Grow Room From a Shipping Container

DIY Grow Room From a Shipping Container

DIY grow rooms are becoming extremely popular.  They’re easy to set up.  Easy to maintain.  Therefore, they have the potential to be very lucrative.

Shipping containers are an economical way to build a home, an office, or a storage facility. But now they’re a perfect solution for grow rooms.  While containers have been converted into emergency centers for disaster areas, pop-up restaurants, and even workshops, their scope is much more grand.  It’s not just a craze.  Shipping containers are beneficial as grow rooms.  Check out this video about setting up a shipping container grow room.

Creating a container DIY grow room from a shipping containers offered by Portables360 is an effective way to grow fresh foods in areas where growing may not seem practical. DIY grow room technology, especially those for hydroponic growing systems, have advanced significantly over the last few years. Now, just about anyone with a desire to grow food can make it happen in a shipping container.  

Shipping Container Grow Room – Benefits

Hydroponic Growing Is Better for The Environment 

Some people want a DIY grow room because they want to grow fresh foods in an area where you cannot grow plants in the ground. If a property does not have room for a dirt garden, it may have an area where a 20′ container can be placed.  Voila!  A growing area is started. 

using shipping containers as diy grow room

Fresh organic green leaves lettuce salad plant in hydroponics vegetable farm system

Others choose shipping container grow rooms because they are a very cost-effective way to create a hydroponic growing system. Many growers and farmers turn to hydroponic growing because it is better for the environment. Plants are grown in a nutrient-filled solution that takes a third of the water required to grow plants in the ground. The use of the solution also eliminates the need for a lot of soil for growing. This allows the soil at these farms to “heal”.  Soils become nutrient-rich again for the future. 

Using insulated shipping containers also allows the farmers and growers to manage all of the growing conditions for the plants. Plants are held at a specific temperature, moisture, and humidity level. The container row system also eliminates the need for using harmful pesticides.  They aren’t needed because the plants are being grown in a controlled environment. 

A final benefit of a container grow system is the ability to produce more food for longer periods of time. Because all of the conditions for growing the food are controlled, you will get a larger yield from your plants and can grow year-round.  The seasons will not affect the interior temperature of the container. It is a very simple solution to growing fresh foods that could help people around the world. 

Growing Beyond the Ordinary

A common use for a DIY grow room is vegetables.  Many farmers also grow marijuana in shipping containers.  The benefits are numerous.  Security is of utmost importance.  Also, privacy and quality control are paramount.  Finally, affordability rounds out the benefits.

Having access to fresh vegetables is another reason that many people opt for a storage container garden. Being able to grow your food in an area where putting a garden into the ground is not feasible makes shipping containers a perfect choice. Growing your vegetables in a sealed container also helps manage pests and keeps unwanted guests out of your garden.

For those who cultivate marijuana, shipping containers offer multiple benefits. A secured location allows you to protect your crops while the controlled environment helps you grow the best crop. A shipping container garden provides you with the privacy you need to protect yourself and your crop. The final benefit of setting up this type of grow area is the cost savings you will enjoy. Shipping container growing areas are more affordable than brick and mortar buildings.

Whether you are a traditional farmer or a new-age farmer, shipping containers offer a practical way to garden.  Portables360 has numerous options for buying or leasing a container.  In addition, they have numerous add-on options.  Call them today!