Severe weather is a threat to many parts of the country, in different forms, all year. Those that work in disaster relief can tell you that coolers are almost always a needed item. And large industrial coolers are sometimes too large to be easily transported. If you are living in an area that is often hard hit by natural disasters and storms your coolers could turn out to be very useful!
In 2011 the Tornado Super Outbreak spawned over 358 tornado’s in 21 states, and destroyed more than 300 power transmission towers in the Tennessee Valley Authorities power grid alone. Leaving thousands who hadn’t lost their homes, without power for days.
Medication that needs to be refrigerated often goes to waste or doesn’t
get to the people that need it because there is no way to keep it cold and get it out to rural areas or to those doing disaster relief. Some of this medication can include antibiotics needed to help prevent illness due to the disaster and medications to control diabetes.
Transporting food from donation centers to those doing search and rescue or clean up can be difficult. Often times this food is transported in a spider web effect and coolers that aren’t massive can be very helpful in getting food spread out to those working in areas closed to a lot of traffic. In Alabama during the relief efforts after the April 2011 tornado’s, one family was feeding upwards of 600 people daily in area’s that the Red Cross and larger organizations couldn’t reach. Having coolers meant they were able to keep food at safer temperatures while transporting.
When it comes to disaster relief it takes resources and items of all sizes to do what needs to be done in a timely manner.
And if the idea of your cooler being sent to these areas seems like you are forever parting with your cooler, simply writing your name on the inside of the cooler with a contact number usually insures you will get your cooler back. You can also donate personal sized coolers to local disaster relief organizations in your area.