A little 411 on the 911: On-Demand Storage Containers Provide Relief in a Pinch

There’s no two ways about it.  People don’t think about storage until they have to.  Usually that spells an impending move or renovation.  However, there are times when storage needs move quickly from a rarely contemplated issue to a code red concern.  It stands to reason that emergencies, severe weather events and other unpredictable scenarios keep storage companies like us incredibly busy.  

Almost invariably, it’s portable, or on demand storage companies that can respond to folks who find themselves in pressing circumstances.  Instant Storage, as the name implies, is storage made available on the spot – any spot where a medium to large container can be delivered and unloaded, in fact.  People who face a disaster like residential fire or flood don’t have the time or resources to load up their belongings and move them to some distant, fixed location facility.  In such times, people need all the fast help they can get to salvage their lives and avoid losing more property than they already have.  Enter the big, steel box heroes.

Storage in an Instant

Storage containers from Instant Storage are shipping containers of various sizes and configurations.  They’re loaded on trucks and delivered to driveways, businesses, schools and construction sites, where they become invaluable to those using them.  Their solid steel construction, full-width double doors and spaciousness make them the ideal answer for people who need to safely stow their stuff, whether planned or in a nasty pinch.

Restoration companies rely on portable storage solutions for getting furniture and other property out of a fire or flood damaged home quickly and conveniently.  Containers are delivered shortly after they’re requested and picked up after the job is done.  There’s no truck rental, wasted driving times or risk of improper or unsightly property storage.

Donating for Disaster

As it turns out, homeowners and restoration firms aren’t the only ones calling on Instant Storage for quick relief in tough times.  In both California and Florida, the Red Cross has relied on us in disaster relief scenarios.  Our containers have served in countless capacities over the years.  They store food, water, shelter, medicine, blankets and clothing for people and communities that have been displaced by extreme events.  They’ve served as temporary medical shelters and command and control sites.  Instant Storage gets the containers to relief agencies, including wildland firefighters, as soon as we get the call.  Once situations are stabilized, the units are picked up and put back into circulation elsewhere.  As a service to the great organizations helping out and to the affected communities, Instant Storage donates these containers to relief efforts.

Fortunately, not every day greets us with disasters and emergencies.  The majority of storage scenarios are reassuringly uneventful.  Free of sirens and floodwaters, most container deliveries are scheduled and follow pretty predictable routines.  It is interesting to think however, that our containers have traversed the oceans, traveled on trucks and trains, moved college students, served on jobsites and hotel renovations and held gear for rock bands and aviation companies alike.  There’s a long and varied history to each of our units, and given way they’re built, a long and interesting future ahead.  Regardless of your needs for mobile storage containers, Instant Storage will be here when you need us.  Give us a call or find us online and we’ll bring you unparalleled convenience, reliability, service and of course a portable storage container.  

5 Benefits of Construction Trailers

Construction companies are legally responsible for providing a clean and safe workplace for their employees. However, constructions sites are often inherently dangerous. This is because employees are working on and around unfinished structures that are not yet “up to code,” and may include dangerous elements like exposed wiring and uneven floors. To add to this challenge, workers may have to transport tools and supplies away from the job site at the end of the work day if there are no secure structures to store supplies in.

Safe and comfortable shelter can also be difficult to find at the job site. Shelter is a basic human need, and is important for protecting workers from harsh weather during long shifts. Shelter is also necessary for people like supervisors and architects who need a desk and quiet place to work in order to get their job done.

Creating a safe and comfortable work environment at outdoor construction sites is a constant challenge for the people who own and run construction and land development companies. Here’s how construction trailers can ease most of the safety, security, and comfort challenges related to construction job sites:

1. Eliminate the Theft of Tools and Equipment

The theft of tools and equipment from jobs sites is a major concern for all construction companies. In fact, an entire black market exists for the sale of tools and equipment stolen from construction job sites. Unfortunately, 62% of equipment stolen from job sites is never recovered. Construction site theft results in monetary loss and even project delays if new equipment can’t be procured quickly enough.

Portable storage containers from Instant Storage save construction companies money by providing a safe and secure place to store mission critical tools and equipment. Heavy duty locking mechanisms on every door keep thieves away from your equipment. Keeping certain types of supplies and equipment locked and out of harm’s way also assists compliance with OSHA regulations.

2. Provide an Office for the Foreman

Although construction is a hands-on industry, paperwork must be completed at every step of the development process. The digital age has also made the use of computers and email impossible to avoid. This means that job site supervisors and foreman need a desk, computer, and quiet place to do their work, even if spend their entire work day at the job site. Since job sites are typically outdoors, dusty, and noisy, mobile container offices are a perfect way to provide foreman with a safe, comfortable, and quiet place to work. Providing job site supervisors and “white collar” workers with a construction trailer improves workplace productivity and worker satisfaction.

3. Secure Storage for Important Documents

Document security is a concern for every business, but for construction companies working at outdoor job sites, it is often difficult to find a secure place to store documents. That’s why all of our mobile container offices are equipped with a steel lockbox that can be used to store your most valuable documents and equipment.

4. Provide Shelter for Workers

Construction workers are subject to long hours and heavy labor in sometimes inclement weather conditions. Hot sun, cold snow, and whipping winds are just some of the weather conditions that construction workers are expected to work through without complaint. However, bad weather can still have a negative impact on worker morale, and can also cause illness like heat stroke or the common cold that may cause workers to miss work.

Construction trailers give your workers a safe and comfortable place to take a break from the elements. Although most of their day may be spent outside, they can use a construction trailer to take their lunch break, or shelter themselves from dangerous weather conditions like lightening, high winds, and hail.

5. Reduce Time Spent Transporting Materials to and from the Job Site

57% of a construction worker’s time is wasted traveling to retrieve, waiting to receive, or trying to find equipment. Travel time that could be better spent working at the job site is a major inefficiency that detracts from the bottom line, and can even extend the deadline of a construction project. Having a safe and secure place to store tools and equipment on-site eliminates the need for daily travel to deliver tools and equipment to and from the job site. Having secure on-site storage also eliminates the possibility of losing tools and equipment while travelling to or from the job site.

Learn more about construction storage containers by contacting Instant Storage. If you know that your company needs storage containers for upcoming construction projects in Florida or California, you can generate a quote now!