There are numerous companies relying on storage containers to build temporary habitat. The strength, durability, low cost and ease of transport of the containers are the main characteristics that attract many people into using them as shelters albeit temporary.
Storage containers come in different sizes and functions. There are refrigerated ones to store frozen foods and perishable supplies that are shipped from one place or one country to another. The refrigerated type is also used to transport huge amounts of medicine and health care products that often require a cold temperature. Then there is the type of container used as temporary shelter or office. This is often the one you see being used to transport goods by land or sea that do not require refrigeration at all.
Used as shelter, it can be stacked high and still be strong enough to accommodate occupants and furniture. There are modified versions of this kind of container that is being used in many parts of the world today to house students, construction workers, disaster volunteers and office staff. The modified storage containers are equipped with windows for ventilation, stairs and even balconies for those living on upper floors. Dividers can also be made to separate rooms or spaces. Any additional openings required can be done by using a torch or a saw designed to cut through most building materials. Containers can also be joined together to create a bigger space.
The cost of using storage containers as shelters is low. This is another reason why you may be attracted to using them as temporary shelters. However, those that are previously used to ship perishables, medicines and chemicals may need to be sandblasted and cleaned thoroughly to make it habitable. Containers that traveled by sea may contain harmful chemicals that make it durable to withstand rain, salt water and pests. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of time and energy cleaning out old containers if you are looking into using it as a temporary shelter. There are many manufacturers now that make containers free from harmful chemicals.
Containers come in foldable types that are easy to transport and dismantle. They are also made to be assembled in minutes only using less manpower and equipment so you can have your shelter in no time. Some models of these foldable containers can be transferred from one area to another without you having to dismantle the unit. This will save you a good deal of effort taking everything out and putting them back in after the transfer.
These models have provisions at their bases so that forklifts can easily lift and relocate the units.Construction of ordinary shelters is time-consuming. The materials you will need and the manpower you would require will cost you a lot of money just to build a shelter that you would temporarily need. It may not be worth all the trouble. You would also need building permits that you can only obtain after submission of plans, sketches, other numerous technical documentation required, and inspection. Portable and foldable containers will save you time in obtaining any permits required and maybe you don’t need them at all depending on your area and purpose for the temporary shelter.
Storage containers are used widely in disaster relief operations where there is immediate need for temporary shelters. They are used as clinics or first-aid stations for the sick and wounded. Those that lost their homes from floods or hurricane can also be temporarily accommodated in these containers. They can live comfortably while their houses are being rebuilt. Maybe some would choose to have a container as their permanent mobile home so they can move places whenever there is an impending disaster.