Poly Tarp Shortages Due To Natural Disasters

Tarps Plus increases blue poly tarp supplies in light of recent disasters.

Online PR News – 04-August-2010 – – In light of recent disasters, tarps Plus once again increases its supply of tarps. This time focusing on the ubiquitous blue poly tarp, something most people take for granted as a handy accessory that we use around the house for a multitude of purposes. However, when disaster strikes, it quickly becomes a necessity. Recent news photos of post-hurricane clean-up operations highlight this fact.

The average viewer may not consciously notice the numbers of tarps that are shown following any natural disasters, but their makers certainly do. A single hurricane, flood or even bad hailstorm can result in an instant supply shortage that manufacturers must scramble to correct. They see the photos of tarps covering broken windows, roofs and other damaged structures and make a mental note of the thousands more tarpaulins that have not been shown on television.

This is not just a United States phenomenon. Throughout the world, these blue poly-tarps are used as an integral part of permanent and semi-permanent structures in third world countries. They are used as roofing material, wall cladding and doorway entrances in millions of homes. They are used as curtains, for shade and for rain protection. Their value to many communities around the world lies in their relatively low cost, their strength and their versatility.

When disaster strikes and a sudden storm destroys their home, many people salvage their tarps first and use them to create makeshift tents or lean-tos. Relief agencies are well-aware of the value of these versatile products and often provide them in the thousands to victims of disasters such as the recent Haiti earthquakes.

The Gulf oil spill has created a huge demand for poly tarps. As a result, their price has soared, making the average consumer look elsewhere for a similarly effective waterproof covering. Some are turning to canvas tarpaulins and other alternatives. In poorer countries, they are becoming so valuable that stores of them need to be protected from thieves 24 hours a day.

The humble poly tarp, thought by so many to be a versatile convenience, is actually an indicator of the severity of world natural disasters. When major disasters occur, their price soars in value, just as the price of gold soars in times of economic insecurity.

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