The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has come and gone but the tarps remain as people still search for normalcy.
Online PR News – 27-July-2011 – – Following the series of earthquakes in Japan, many citizens began calling tarps their homes. The nation and the world were overwhelmed by the extent of the damage from the events. The earthquake has caused a nuclear meltdown at the reactors in northern Japan, as well as widespread flooding and mudslides. This makes getting aid to the hardest hit areas very difficult.
When the disaster began months ago, many people fled their homes with little more than what they could throw into bags. At the time, no one knew the depth and seriousness of the disaster. No one would have predicted that the nuclear reactors would meltdown and residents would have to evacuate large portions of the country.
A spokes person for the leading U.S. tarp supplier, Tarps Plus stated, "The amount of tarps we have shipped out to Japan has increased 300% and that number continues to grow."
With the overwhelming amount of aid required, and the number of residents needing shelter, tarps became a great option for many people. The poly tarps are very versatile, they are being used as housing, to cover damage to property until repairs can take place, and to set-up triage areas for medical attention where traditional facilities are not available. They are great protection from rain and wind.
They are also easy to transport, as they can be rolled up and carried from place to place as people travel, or as the evacuation area is extended. Many disaster response organizations are distributing them, especially in the hardest hit areas where there are few buildings that are undamaged and able to be made into temporary housing.
As the disaster clean-up begins following the earthquake, more and more tarps are needed. They will be needed to protect property from bad weather and further damage while repairs are being made. They will also be used to set-up temporary housing on property that is under repair, until residents are able to return. Since they are so easily transported, if the situation changes, and the residents need to move, they can simply take it down and transport it along with their other possessions.