Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Poly Tarps Prevent Water Damage


The poly tarps have so many uses. Most people have a couple laying around for different uses. Whether using them to cover and protect things from the rain or snow in winter months or protecting them from constant exposure from the sun, they are one of the most useful things you can own.

Many people use poly tarps when moving. It is great to throw over either a pick up bed or trailer to protect your furnishings from wind and rain. You also are lessening the chances that your things will be cover in dust. Moving is a difficult task but having to clean and repair furnishings when they arrive can take unnecessary time, so using one of these is an ideal solution.

Many times during flooding you will see that a tarp is used for many reasons. Often times when using sand bags to prevent the further wash out of dirt and mud, people will first lay down a tarp and place the sand bags over them to secure them and add extra protection. Also you see them over various building and even cars to prevent further water damage.

If you have outdoor animals a poly tarp also makes great protection for them. Whether building a shelter or covering their dog houses to protect them from rain, they come in handy for our family pets as well.

People also use polyethylene tarps as car covers for added protection. This can be from the rain, snow, and direct sun as well. Many times the cars you find under poly tarps are either being restored or have been restored older cars that can be worth some value. This is also the case after a car accident. Before the vehicle is released from an investigation they will be covered by a tarp so as to prevent further damage.

So as you can see poly tarps have many uses for many different occasions. Having a few on hand is always a very wise thing to do.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hurricane Tarps And Covers: Be Prepared


One of the saddest scenes to see on the news is the sight of devastation resulting from a natural disaster. In towns, states and countries where hurricanes are expected, it makes sense to prepare ahead of time. Hurricane tarps and covers could save you from some of the damage and expense caused by this amazing force of nature.

Hurricane tarps are made in many sizes to fit a small shed or even the roof of your home. Spread something fifty feet square to protect roof tiles. Opt for a ten by twenty foot tarp to keep the backyard play house in one piece. Cut a patch to a hole created during the storm to keep rain and debris away from causing further damage. Even place coverings over windows before an event to prevent items flying through the glass, or to cover breakage caused by falling trees or flying objects.

Materials should pass government standards if you are going to buy them: check for these first. You want something with a thick weave, water proof and tear resistant. The tarps include synthetics such as polyethylene. When preparing for an event, you might tie them down securely.

Most houses seen from above sporting these covers show up bright blue. Armies use tarps too, but their color choice tends to be brown, especially if they want to blend in. The issue here is not style but strength.

Look for not just the material, but also eyelets and rope to be strong. Along with wind damage, consumers might also endure fires. Is your tarp fire retardant? Even ask for a tarp to be made to your specifications.

If a hurricane is coming and you are not ready, act fast. Order quickly. Many warehouses keep a large stock of tarps for emergency purposes, which is when most people want them. Bulk orders tend to yield discounts which means good news for emergency preparedness groups and government agencies.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Emergency Preparedness Now Includes Tarps


Even after the March 11th, 2011 Tsunami that hit Japan, residents and business owners are still feeling the effects from this horrendous natural disaster. The water damage alone has made many dependent on tarps to keep their shelters dry and safe. They are helping people keep their valuable and their properties from further damage.

Residents that are not able to enter their homes are even using tarps as temporary shelters. This is mainly because they are durable and can withstand the elements. They make excellent shelters and even help against chemical spills or radiation infiltrations.

There are numerous reports even now in the news of tarp suppliers sending out their product to victims of similar natural disasters. They are being utilized and actually saving lives. This is even happening in the United States for the flood victims and other areas around the world that have been hit by such tragedies.

As you can guess, getting ready for disasters is a must. Once tragedy hits there may not be enough supplies for your area for days or even weeks. Having supply items such as poly tarps can great enhance your survival as well as keep your property safe and secured. You never know, you may end up needing to make a temporary shelter or a poly tarp for you and your family. If that happens, you will want the supplies to do so on hand.

FEMA and the American Red Cross even recommend that you have appropriate emergency supplies on hand. They should be kept in plastic containers in case of flooding. Having a disaster kit that includes at least one tarp is not only smart but it is recommended.

Being prepared just makes sense. Since March 11th the world has recognized a real need for disaster preparedness. It just is not worth getting caught without the necessary tools for survival.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tarps Are Not Just A Camping Staple

Anyone who has ever spent the night in the woods will attest to how their tarp helped keep them clean and dry. But with some of the worst weather ever in every corner of the globe, tarps have become life savers in many instances.

No longer relegated to simply being a ground cover for a quick picnic, or a barrier over a pup tent for protection from a storm, a tarp has become a staple and way of life for many who have been devastated by recent hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and even tsunamis. And even five years after Hurricane Katrina almost wiped the city of New Orleans off the map, there are still entire neighborhoods of homes whose roofs are still covered with the now famous FEMA blue tarps.

Sturdier materials for tarps are now being researched and manufactured in preparation for what many climatologists predict could be some of the most violent weather patterns in recent memory. With unprecedented Category 5 tornadoes popping up in towns that previously had escaped even minor tornado warnings, tarp manufacturers swiftly kicked into action to make sure that this time around, everyone who needed one, would be able to get one.

After the recent torrential flooding in Haiti, one of the largest shipments of international supplies included over a ton of tarps. These coverings were used for everything from roof repair to actual rain gear. People quickly learned how to turn the larger ones into shelters for entire families.

With the increase in recent weather deviations, many locations have instituted not only the use of tarps as part of their search and rescue missions, but they have established intricate color coding schemes to assist medical and rescue personnel determine how to properly respond as they search through the area. Orange tarps in many instances means critical emergency care is needed, and blue means structural damage with a question of whether the family has evacuated.