Shipping Containers for Natural Disaster Preparedness

In the wake of so many tragic natural disasters taking place both in the United States and abroad, disaster preparedness is top of mind for many business owners and families.  Prepping for a natural disaster can range from very minimal planning and shopping to the more complex preparations like designing a storage facility and temporary shelter.  Utilizing storage containers for natural disaster prep is a great way to secure belongings and to create a safe place to go for you and your loved ones.

Below we’ll discuss the ways in which storage containers like those sold by our experts at Instant Storage can be ideal for whatever your disaster plans may be.  Being that mobile storage containers come in many sizes, certain options are more suited for some projects than others.  If you have any questions regarding the best use of a particular container, don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Portable Storage Containers As Long Term Storage

If you are interested in storing your emergency supplies inside a container, there is much to consider.  First, the amount of storage needed is dependent on several factors.  Will you be storing for only yourself or do you have a large immediate or extended family who may need supplies?  

Storing just enough supplies for yourself can be accomplished easily with an 8×10 portable storage container (the smallest dimensions offered by our company).  This option has a capacity of 80 square feet – enough space to comfortably store nonperishable food items, bottled water, a generator and all other essentials.  

8×10 shipping containers set themselves apart in terms of strength and durability, so you can rest assured that your goods are safe.  Being that most containers can hold an average of 55,000 pounds, you need not concern yourself with the weight of your supplies.  Additionally, they are well suited to withstand the elements, so your goods can be protected amidst the worst weather and natural disasters.

Whether you’re battling flooding, harsh winds or even earthquakes, shipping containers used for storage of emergency supplies are built to last.  Apart from natural disasters, these containers are ideal when faced with looters.  During the most recent hurricanes (Harvey and Irma), stores and residences faced the imminent threat of larceny.  Utilizing our double-door containers eliminates this threat because they are virtually impenetrable. In many cases, business owners will just rent a shipping container while they wait out the natural disasters and then have them picked up once things settle down.  

Shipping Containers As An Emergency Shelter

In addition to their optimal storage implications, shipping containers make excellent shelters in extreme situations.  In March of this year, our team looked at the application of storage containers as living spaces.  This concept can easily be applied to the need for living space amid a natural disaster.

Whether your goal is to create a temporary rectangular shelter, or to produce a multi-level complex designed to withstand the elements, shipping containers are a viable option.  They can be tailored to fit whatever may come your way.

To protect against both winds and flooding, stacking shipping containers can be a solution.  This is because each container is designed to uphold the weight of eight more on top of itself.  Furthermore, being that each container weighs between 5,000 and 8,000 pounds without anything inside, lends to the fact that gale force winds will have little success in toppling your construct.

Their design is centered on durability.  As such, threats to their longevity are minimal.  If you set yourself up inside a container with proper ventilation, a generator, sleeping quarters and nonperishable food items, you can survive in this temporary shelter for a short period of time.  Larger families would benefit from one of our larger containers, and may be interested in our high cube options.

Regardless of the size you choose, if your needing safety for a matter of hours or days, the strength of our shipping containers might be an option.

Final Thoughts

Today, it seems that natural disasters are at the forefront of news and the interoffice commentary.  Regardless of whether you live near the ocean or inland amongst the mountains and forests, you and your family are not immune to the potential of a natural disaster occurring in your proximity.

Taking even the most minor steps toward emergency preparations can help to put you at ease and to offer you and your loved ones a sense of control and power over an ever-changing environment.  If you’re someone looking to take a step further toward disaster preparations and are considering a shipping container for emergency storage or shelter, our team at Instant Storage would be happy to assist.

Contact our team or generate your quote today, and you’ll be on your way to having a plan for prolonged safety and survival.  

5 Reasons to Rent a Storage Container For Your Special Event

If you are a coordinator for any type of special event, then you’re no stranger to the hassles that come with searching for the right amount of cost-effective and secure storage for your event materials.  Organizing the collateral and logistical items for any event can be daunting, even for the most seasoned event professional.

Instant Storage Shipping containers might just be your solution, and today we will discuss the 5 reasons why you should consider storage containers for your next special event.  Whether you’re planning a music or food festival, sporting event, or even a family reunion, it’s time you considered a portable container as a solution to your storage needs.

Reason One:  There is Zero Setup Time

Second only to planning, setting up for a special event is one of the most time-consuming undertakings of the occupation.  Building event tents and coordinating decorations, displays and attractions can take days and even weeks.  The last thing your team should concern themselves with is building out their storage facilities.

Renting storage containers eliminates the time guzzling task of building on-site storage.  With Instant Storage, you merely place an order that matches your specific storage needs, and then set your delivery date.  This container will be dropped at the desired location, and from there, it will be ready for your use.

No longer will you need to construct temporary floors, tenting or temporary walls just to store your much needed supplies.  Opting for a storage container is akin to manifesting storage space practically before your eyes.

Reason Two:  Shipping Containers Are Your Most Secure Option

For many reasons, tenting and other temporary structures are not the most secure sites to store your valuable event materials or merchandise.  While other temporary stowing options are often waterproof, there is no guarantee that your goods will weather the rain, snow or harsh winds. With storage containers, you’re assured that your supplies are within the walls of a sealed and sturdy container that will withstand the worst weather conditions.

Additionally, and at no extra charge, Instant Storage provides a highly effective lock box, adding an enhanced level of security to your container. Designed to be strong enough to withstand the toughest conditions, thieves will be met with a discouraging challenge if they intend to break into one of our containers.

Reason Three:  Portable Storage Containers are Multipurpose Facilities

While we’ve discussed in detail the benefits of storing your goods within a container rather than another temporary storage option, there are several other potential uses for these giant metal boxes.  Many special events are now utilizing them for makeshift storefronts and workspaces.

Consider the modern industrial look of a storage container and their applications as office and recreational space, much like we’ve discussed in our previous posts.  Apply that appeal to your exposition space or event activities, and the results could be ideal.

Reason Four:  They are Clean and Aesthetically Pleasing

In the past, you may have been dissuaded to use a storage container at your event due to their rough appearance.  However, the containers that we utilize are well-kept, painted and exceedingly clean upon arrival to any site.  You can rest assured that our containers are noticeably appealing and professionally attended to.

In a recent article, we discussed just why folks are interested in looking to containers as a housing solution.  If people are considering residing in one, perhaps it’s time to rethink their attractiveness and their applications in an event setting.

Reason Five:  They are Your Most Cost-Effective Option

While the pricing for temporary structures will vary depending on your vendor and your specific needs, utilizing storage containers is often your most cost-effective option.  Especially for events in need of multiple facilities, it is frequently the case that, when adding up the costs for sturdy and stable flooring and tenting, coupled with security features, the costs become exorbitant.

By choosing to rent a storage container, it means eliminating the need for building floors, constructing tenting, and concerning yourself with security features.  A container accomplishes these goals in an affordable manner.  For information on our pricing structure, contact one of our experts.

Conclusion

As a special event coordinator, you have many options when it comes to storing your important event necessities.  Before you turn to temporary options that can’t offer your total security, weatherproof capabilities, or time and money saving options, consider Instant Storage as the most suitable alternative.

We guarantee that our products and our service standards are superior and are aligned with the needs of any special event.  For more information on our portable storage container offerings, or to request a quote, feel free to call our shipping container experts at 1-866-615-7368 or request a quote today.

Rethinking Retail Storage

When shoppers enter your store they see a beautiful display of racks and shelves full of colorful products. What they don’t see is the retail storage area or stockroom where all of the back stock is stored. New business owners are rarely prepared for how much retail storage space is needed to maintain a robust operation with a great supply chain. Businesses that are enjoying high sales may also need to seek out new storage solutions if customer demand exceeds the volume of products that can be stored and displayed in the store.

A lack of retail storage space can lead to all sorts of complications. When faced with an overabundance of back stock and lack of storage, retail managers are forced to make difficult choices. They may choose to:

  • Deeply discount last season’s inventory in order to move it as quickly as possible
  • Start looking for larger, more expensive spaces to host their storefront and products
  • Reduce the volume of stock that they are ordering

The problem with these options is that they all have the potential to negatively impact the bottom line. For instance, selling products at a deep discount has a negative impact on profit margins. Storefronts with more storage area tend to be more expensive. Moving to a larger storefront means that rent will increase and marketing efforts will have to be implemented so that your customers know that your business is moving. Not to mention the stress, time and effort it would take to relocate your business! Reducing your inventory would also be a risk because there would be less products to sell and turn a profit on. You may also be unable to meet customer demand with a smaller inventory.

The good news is that there are alternative ways of creating more space for less money. For example, Instant Storage provides innovative and affordable retail storage solutions for retailers in Florida and California. Our portable storage containers are clean, safe, and secure, and available in a variety of sizes and configurations. We also offer storage container modifications like heavy duty shelving to better serve your business needs.

There are many benefits of portable storage for retailers that are short on storage. For example, portable storage containers cost a lot less then constructing or renting a new storage facility or storefront. Portable storage also gives retailers a way to access their inventory on-site without having to construct more storage space or transport products from storage to storefront.

Another benefit of portable storage is that it saves business owners money by only paying for storage when they need it. Because the volume of inventory fluctuates throughout the seasons, retailers may only need extra storage for just a few months out of the year. For example, retailers often order more inventory before the holidays in order to prepare for the seasonal spike in consumer demand. This seasonal inventory may not fit into the existing storage space, necessitating the need for portable storage. After the seasonal inventory has been sold, the portable storage can be hauled away so that the business owner doesn’t have to pay for storage space that she doesn’t need.

Learn more about Instant Storage’s retail storage solutions, or contact us today to generate a quote!