With large sections of the Houston metropolitan region still underwater, and Hurricane Irma having recently been upgraded to a category five storm as it zeroes in on the southeastern U.S. – now seems like a good time to take a closer look at FEMA’s guidelines for the four phases of emergency management.
Portable Restroom Trailers Disaster Relief Portable Restroom Trailers is best-known as a provider of luxury restroom rentals for high-end venues and events.  What most people don’t know is that our entire staff is well-versed in emergency management procedures and protocols.  We must be, because our extensive inventory includes several units that are specifically designed to assist government agencies and private interests in all aspects of their official emergency management plans.
A great way to understand the full scope of emergency management is to look at FEMA’s training guidelines.  They train first responders that there are four separate phases of emergency management, each as important as the next.  We’ll take a closer look at those four phases below, and discuss how Portable Restroom Trailers can help your organization fulfill each of these important areas:

Emergency Management Phase #1 – Mitigation

The mitigation phase is focused on preventing future disasters, and reducing the damaging effects of disasters that are unavoidable.  Mitigation can take place before or after an emergency.  Some examples of mitigation include the construction of levees and flood walls, the procurement of emergency insurance policies, and the acquisition of resources that can be used when an emergency occurs.
PRT offers several different types of emergency response units that governments and organizations frequently include in their mitigation plans.  These units include portable restrooms, mobile laundry services, mass casualty and decon trailers, and portable shower trailers.  Our flexible financing options include our renowned lease-to-own plan, which allows organizations to acquire new resources that may not be included in their current operating budget.
By providing mobile response units that allow governments and organizations to reduce both financial and material damages, PRT plays an important role in emergency mitigation for government agencies, volunteer organizations, and private corporations across the U.S.

Emergency Management Phase #2 – Preparedness

Preparedness takes place before an emergency, and consists of all plans and preparations that are put in place ahead of time to assist with response when the emergency occurs.  Examples of preparedness include evacuation planning, information distribution, and the stockpiling of food, water, and other resources.
Hurricane Harvey provided a great example of PRT’s role in preparedness.  In the days before the storm made landfall, several local and regional authorities reached out to pre-order short-term rental units and to arrange for their delivery before the hurricane hit.  Our support staff is trained to assist clients in selecting the appropriate units, the necessary features, and the required capacities to ensure that they get exactly what they will need when the emergency occurs.  And our available long-term and short-term rental agreements mean that each client can secure the resources they will need, without committing themselves to unnecessary costs for extended periods.

Emergency Management Phase #3 – Response

The response phase of emergency management begins as soon as the emergency itself begins, and continue until the emergency has passed.  Response activities include saving lives, protecting property, and handling the unexpected consequences and complications that rise in the wake of a major emergency.
Portable Restrooms for RentOur inventory includes a variety of mass casualty response units and environmental decontamination units that are irreplaceable in the aftermath of a serious emergency or natural disaster.  Decon trailers allow first responders to protect themselves from sickness and infection while they deal with the unpleasant aftermath of an emergency.  Portable restroom trailers restore basic sanitary services that are lost when infrastructure collapses.  And portable laundry services allow response teams to maintain safe and sanitary conditions amid chaotic surroundings.  With these key sanitary services in place, response teams can maintain their operational effectiveness on the go, easily moving their entire operation from one location to another.

Emergency Management Phase #4 – Recovery

Recovery takes place after an emergency.  All actions taken to restore normal conditions – financial, material, and otherwise – fall under the recovery phase.  Examples of recovery efforts include financial aid from governments and insurance companies, and projects to rebuild and replace damaged buildings and structures.
During recovery efforts, there can be a massive influx of workers and coordinators.  The restoration of basic services and infrastructure often lags behind the beginning of the recovery effort, and PRT’s mobile resources provide a critical service by bridging that gap.  With portable restrooms, decon trailers, portable showers trailers, and mobile laundry services.  Our flexible rental options mean that any organization can secure the resources they need, only for the time those resources are necessary.
If your organization is involved in response or recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, or in mitigation and preparedness efforts for Hurricane Irma in Florida and the East Coast, please contact PRT today at (877) 600-8645.  Our team can help you navigate your options and calculate your necessary capacity to make sure you have the resources you need to effectively manage your operations during these current emergencies.