Forklifts are a necessity in the wake of natural disasters.

Natural disasters are never something we expect. In this day and age, it is more important than ever that we help our neighbours when they are in need. When disasters strike, often people need to replace everything and may even worry about where their basic necessities will come from, like their next meal or bottle of water. In supply chains around the world, its forklifts that move food, water, and other items needed to rebuild homes. 

Forklifts are a necessity in the wake of natural disasters. Instead of hand loading all these basic items, forklifts make it possible to add as much as you can onto a pallet, and load it up into trucks, and unload in order to distribute the goods quicker to families in need.

How forklifts can help after natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Forklifts can greatly facilitate relief efforts in the wake of a natural disaster. After Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida, disaster relief operations were complex and benefitted from the use of forklifts. Forklifts can be used both on site to clear debris and unload delivery trucks and to load emergency supplies on trucks heading to devastated areas.

Here are a few uses of forklifts during Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma:

  • In the wake of Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida, tractor-trailers brought relief supplies. By using a forklift, pallets of food, water, and supplies were taken off quickly and distributed.
  • Forklifts were used to load MREs (Meals Ready To Eat) at FEMA’s Fort Worth, Texas Logistics Centre. The meals were for Hurricane Harvey survivors being loaded into trucks in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • A car that became buried by sand during Hurricane Harvey in Port Aransas was taken out using a forklift. The car may have been crushed by trucks driving over it while it was buried on the beach.
  • In advance of a hurricane’s arrival, marina operators used heavy-duty forklifts to quickly pull boats out of the water and move as many of them as possible to temporary storage in safer locations.


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