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.

Why Choose a Shipping Container Over a Storage Facility?

Using a portable shipping container for long or short-term storage needs beats remote location facilities hands down. Many people don’t yet realize that portable, or Instant Storage as it’s come to be known, is an option for secure, affordable storage that boasts unmatched convenience and security. When you consider that the storage unit comes to you, is removed when no longer needed and is on or near your property, the convenience is easy to wrap your head around. It’s the security considerations that we’ll bring to light in this post however.

Taking Control

A primary reason to opt for storage on demand is control. When you have a shipping container delivered to your residence, place of business or jobsite location, you maintain control of the keys, where it is placed and the hours you can access it. None of this holds true with traditional storage facilities. There is no strolling over and gaining access to your items in a fixed location scenario. Not only must you conform to their hours of operation, but you must drive there. Furthermore, you aren’t the only one who can access your unit at a storage facility. Welcome to the dim-lit realities of storage facilities. Cue the Twilight Zone music.

Smile, You’re on Camera

Despite the creepiness of being filmed at all angles while you maneuver into the cramped confines of your unit, I guess the closed-circuit TVs are a good thing. After all, lots of unsavory activity happens at storage facilities. You never know who your neighbors are at these places and what they’re storing, or stealing, as the case may be. While we’re on the topic of bizarre, a new trend is emerging whereby people rent units to occupy them. I’m talking about living and sleeping in these things. Call me insensitive, but I don’t particularly want Storage Stan bedding down next to my worldly possessions on the regular.

Indestructible

Shipping containers are the Abrams tank of storage. In short, they’re indestructible, impregnable and won’t ever let you down when it comes to security. These units are designed to withstand the most punishing scenarios in global commerce. Rent a shipping container and you won’t be the first to want to buy one. Upon delivery and initial inspection, husbands tell their wives, “Honey, we should get one of these.” Wives incredulously respond, “What in heaven’s name for?” Husbands eloquently respond, “Because they’re just so AWESOME!” And she thought the bigger barbeque was a bad idea. Jokes aside, step in one and you’re immediately impressed by how capacious and well-engineered they are. They’re built for one purpose alone – safeguarding their contents against whatever mother nature or some miscreant can throw at them.

You need storage or temporary staging of possessions, tools, inventory or equipment. You need it to be safe. Do yourself a favor and click or call Instant Storage today. You won’t find a safer, more convenient option anywhere.

Shipping Containers: Nothing Safer Exists. (A true story!)

Years ago, I owned a timber and forestry bi-products business that was situated on a large industrial lot on the periphery of our city. While the location just east of the 205 Freeway was ideal for receiving log trucks and dispatching our own semis, it happened to be home to a large indigent population of unsavory folks. Timber and forestry businesses are heavily dependent on equipment and machinery – all of which is expensive – so envelopment by this demographic was problematic.

Vulnerable Contracting Site Security

On a good week, we’d show up on any given morning and find fuel tanks syphoned of fuel or hoses, cables and chains that had grown legs and wandered off in the middle of the night. That type of theft is concerning and costly, but not devastating. Not long after, we had truck windows broken for the CB radios, fire extinguishers and medical kits inside. It seemed that theft increased as the weather worsened and broken windows are exceedingly unpleasant and unsafe during the winter.   At this time, we were storing our truly valuable equipment like chainsaws, winches and other forestry indispensables in locked cargo trailers. That was a big mistake. About an $8,000 mistake to be precise.

A desperate thief’s best friend and sole possession is often a set of bolt cutters. This single tool allowed for the breaching of the chain link fence around our facility as well as the effortless entry into our locked trailers. We found sheared padlocks on the ground, 6 chainsaws, a topographical survey instrument and several other pieces of equipment gone.

An Introduction to Shipping Container Safety

That was the end of our trailer storage days. Fortunately, our lot was flanked by several construction, heavy equipment and metal fabrication companies. These businesses maintain impressive inventories of costly tools and equipment and they all live with serious security and anti-theft concerns. Invariably, they all use shipping containers to keep their tools safe, dry and secure.

No set of bolt cutters or level of ingenuity can overcome a shipping container. Without an acetylene torch or an M1 tank (neither of which are terribly inconspicuous), a human being is not getting into a shipping container. This is what makes them the ideal storage solution for people and businesses that want a convenient, inexpensive and super-secure option for storing tools, inventory, residential possessions and more.

My Shipping Container: Locked, Loaded, and Left Alone

What a disappointment it must have been for the band of larcenists who preyed upon us to find our tools and equipment safely stowed in a 40’ double-doored fortress. We got smart and they went home empty handed. The security provided by our impregnable container was such that once the bandits knew it was there, they didn’t even bother coming any more. About a week after the shipping container was delivered and craned into place, we repaired our chain link fence for the last time. We never had another incident of theft or vandalism on the property again.

I naively thought locked, enclosed cargo trailers were a suitable solution for storing our gear. I was wrong. That mistake cost several days of production and thousands of dollars. Do not fall victim to a similar oversight. Instant Storage will deliver a rugged shipping container to your property at an affordable rate, with no binding contracts and pick it up when you no longer need it. Whether for short or long-term storage requirements, nothing beats the convenience, security and peace of mind that’s delivered right along with Instant Storage shipping containers.