6.9 Alternative storage options when warehousing is unavailable


  • For small volumes, containers 6 or 12 meters long can be used as alternative storage facilities.
  • Containers offer a strong and waterproof structure. They are easy to secure and to transport. On the negative side, they can have poor ventilation, which leads to high temperatures and humidity. A weightless roof above the container reduces the temperature due to sunlight.

Rubb hall

  • The Rubb hall is a large tent designed for storage.
  • The weakness of the Rubb hall is security. Efficient drainage around the tent is needed for rainwater.
  • To avoid mud, you must use gravel or light concrete on the access roads and surroundings. When possible, place the tent on a dry, flat surface on high ground to avoid flooding.

Emergency storage

  • For a brief period, and if no better solution is found, emergency storage can be used. The minimum material required is plastic sheeting and wood.
  • Prepare a flat surface with drainage for rainwater.
  • If available, spread gravel on the surface. Lay the plastic sheeting on the flattened ground.
  • Set the wooden pallets on the plastic sheeting and pile up items on the pallets.
  • Cover with a top plastic sheet to protect items from sunlight and rain.
  • Remove top plastic sheeting regularly for ventilation.

This solution is only acceptable for a short period, such as one-shot distribution.