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.
- 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.
- 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.