Conex box filled with rubble

A conex box isn’t just for storage.

When a disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or flood strikes, being prepared can mean the difference between life and death for those affected. Help is not only needed for those who have been hit by the tragedy, but for the agencies, staff and volunteers that come to provide assistance.

You may know about the benefits of a conex box for residential trash removal and/or bulk trash pickup during a construction project. But did you know about their use in disaster preparedness and relief operations?

A conex box can be a vital tool to have on hand when a disaster strikes. Global health organizations such as the World Health Organization, the International Red Cross and the Medecins Sans Frontieres are currently using these structures in their disaster relief operations, and here’s why.

Benefits of a Conex Box in Disaster Relief

Conex boxes are uniquely situated to aid in disaster relief. Since they are made of steel, they are stronger than tents or plastic/wood buildings. They are easily portable and can be delivered to remote and inaccessible areas by truck, rail, air or water.

Conex boxes come in many sizes and configurations. They are both fireproof and waterproof. They can withstand high winds and rain and do not need a structural foundation to sit on. Initially, a conex box can be used for garbage and debris collection from the disaster at hand. From there, they can be modified for use as temporary living quarters. These quarters can range from basic living spaces with a simple window and door, to high-tech environments with amenities such as kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, electrical wiring, solar power and telephone and Internet connections.

A conex box may also be transformed into a utility or work space, such as a medical clinic, shelter, police, military or government post. They can also be used as storage areas for equipment and supplies. They are particularly valuable for storing medicines that need to be refrigerated.

To summarize, conex boxes incorporate many qualities that make them supremely valuable in times of disaster relief. These include ease of transportation, versatility of use, resistance to elements, and affordability for federal, state and private organizations as well as individuals.

Where can I find a conex box?

Automated Waste Services is happy to provide residents of Southwest Missouri with convenient conex box rentals for all kinds of projects and storage needs. Contact us today to find out how you or your organization can rent this valuable disaster relief product.