PODS Enterprises Inc., a moving and storage company that provides portable-storage containers, is preparing for what experts predict will be an above-average hurricane season in 2010.
The Florida-based company has ordered an additional 2,000 portable-storage containers from manufacturer Wabash National’s DuraPlate Products Group to further increase the company’s ability to assist communities in a disaster. Since 2005, PODS has mobilized over 20,000 containers to aid in recovery and rebuilding efforts in communities affected by emergency situations.
“PODS franchises are located throughout the United States, which enables us to mobilize our portable-storage containers quickly when disasters happen,” said George Spowart, vice president of marketing. “Our rapid response team is trained in working with emergency personnel, authorities and damaged areas and is a large part of recovery efforts on the ground during disaster-related events.”
PODS’ 12-foot and 16-foot containers have been tested to withstand winds of more than 110-mph when partially loaded.
According to the U.S. Weather Service, forecasters predict that weather events during the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season in 2010, June 1-Nov. 30, will be higher and more severe than normal due to this year’s El Niño conditions.