By Rhonda Campbell
Recent storms, including a rash of tornadoes, that hit the Southern part of the United States stress how critical it is to be adequately prepared for a disaster. Wait until a disaster, natural or human made, occurs to prepare for an unexpected emergency is waiting too late. A first step in disaster preparedness starts with getting the right disaster relief supplies.
Must have disaster relief supplies
Of all disaster relief supplies (i.e. batteries, non-perishable food, military gas mask, bottled water), a Temper Tent could protect you from harsh elements most. Expandable and modular, a Temper Tent comes with ropes, stakes and a frame. Roof panels feature a stovepipe. Vinyl coated material on the outside of the tents makes the tents mildew, water and fire resistant. Purposes for temper tents are to:
- Provide shelter during rain, snow and snow (Temper tents are also used to shelter humans and animals from extremely hot temperatures. The tents can withstand wind gusts as high as 65 to 75 miles per hour.)
- Have a space to set up computers and disaster relief supplies
- Troop billeting by the Army, especially Army units that conduct tests and actual exercises that call for the use of a military gas mask
- To keep animals out (Temper tents are also used to keep insects and pests like snakes out of confined spaces.)
- Camping outdoors (Heads of military units aren’t the only people relying on temper tents. Keen outdoor enthusiasts are also using the tents to enjoying living outdoors for a day, a week or longer.)
- Shelter displaced workers during hailstorms and other natural disasters. (Some business leaders may decide to make storing several temper tents on or off-site a key part of their business continuity plans.)
Disaster relief commanders also use temper tents to set up communication centers. During the 2014 running of the Boston Marathon, police divisions in major cities that may have received terrorists threats set up a Temper Tent. For example, New York City police installed a Temper Tent outside of Penn Station on the day that the Boston Marathon was run.
As with other disaster relief efforts, the time to practice installing temper tents is before an emergency strikes. It’s this approach that experienced first responders take even now. During spring 2014, more than 700 National Guard members conducted disaster preparedness exercises at the Oriskany Preparedness Center, according to the Rome Observer.
To master installing temper tents, build the tents two or more times. Allow several family members to help build the tents, so they’ll know what to do should you become ill or injured. Options you have when choosing and building the tents include adding front liners, a heating source, a shower or a way to allow water in and out of the tents. A Temper Tent also comes in small, medium and large sizes. Consider the number of people in your family when selecting one of these sturdy tents.
Let’s face it. No one wants a disaster to occur. Yet, that doesn’t keep hundreds of people from dying during a natural disaster each year. Prevention Web reports that, annually, more than 26 million people are affected by a natural disaster. Getting a military gas mask, flashlights, extra dry clothes, blankets, batteries and a Temper Tent then learning how to construct and deconstruct the tent efficiently could save your family or workers from having to endure harsh elements for hours or days.