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The role of bulk fuel in disaster relief 

According to Oxfam, the number of climate-related disasters has tripled worldwide in the last 30 years. With these figures in mind, it’s clear that changes in the global climate are resulting in more natural disasters, elevating the need for more relief programs that deal with the fallout and devastation – all of which require fuel. In this article, we look at how our transportable fuel tanks support disaster relief.


What are natural disasters?

Natural disasters are events caused by natural phenomena leading to human, material, economic and environmental impacts and losses. They can include: 

  • Storms
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Droughts or famines related to unusual weather events 
  • Flooding
  • Wildfires 
  • Heavy snowfall and blizzards

Which country has the most natural disasters?

There has been a general trend over the last two decades for an increase in natural disasters year on year. The United States has the highest number of natural disasters in the world, with 26 recorded in 2022. Of these, 18 resulted in at least $1 billion in damages, with the combined total of these damages costing $165.1 billion

Changing weather patterns due to climate change have been cited as a cause, and the UN predicts that the number of disasters will continue to increase.


How fuel tanks aid disaster response

After a natural disaster, the response is critical to saving lives and minimizing any further damage. The availability of fuel is crucial to emergency efforts, especially since power is often lost during extreme weather events.

When primary power goes out, disaster response relies on generators to produce energy for lifesaving equipment and lighting, and to restore power to people’s homes. Infrastructure, like hospitals, shops and facilities, also rely on generators to allow them to continue working when power is cut. However, generators only have limited on-board fuel. This means they’ll need to be frequently refueled to continue working.

To ensure that a consistent supply of fuel is available to relief efforts, extending runtimes with a fuel tank offers the best solution.

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Easily transportable

A major feature of transportable fuel tanks that makes them so well-suited to disaster relief is the fact that they can be moved to hard-to-reach locations – especially if your site, base or nearby gas stations have lost power. 

Most Western Global fuel tanks have four-way lift pockets, allowing them to be transported and moved around sites quickly and easily. Their corner brackets mean they can be lifted by a crane. They also feature internal baffles to ensure stability when they’re being moved.

Some tanks, like our TransCube Mobile Refueler, are trailer-mounted to provide ultimate mobility. They can handle rough terrain and go where larger fuel trucks may be unable to. For disaster cleanup, this is critical. When debris is blocking terrain and fuel trucks can’t easily enter a disaster zone, a mobile refueler can supply fuel in difficult-to-reach areas to power excavators and other equipment that are working to clear the way.

Fuel deliveries are much easier with Western Global fuel tanks. They have been tried and tested in the most inhospitable locations and are designed to be easily transportable. They can be transported to a recovery zone full of fuel, ensuring your equipment is operating even when fuel is hard to come by in the wake of disaster and Western Global tanks are built tough enough to withstand the extreme conditions they’ll be used in.

Mobile refueling

Tough and durable

It goes without saying that environments post-disaster are not always safe. Extreme weather, damaged surroundings and a potential lack of power mean that you need to be prepared for anything and everything when providing disaster relief. You need fuel storage that you can rely on, withstanding even the toughest conditions. 

For example, for disasters like wildfires, storing fuel near the fire line is extremely difficult. The threat of fuel leaks, storing fuel drums and the need for fuel to be moved easily and quickly means that traditional tanks and drums aren’t suitable. 

Our TransCube provides the solution to these problems. A single TransCube has the same capacity as 20 drums and is far easier to store thanks to its stackable design. It’s also transportable, and the trailerized mobile refueler can be moved quickly to keep up with fast-moving fires. 

Our fuel tanks are tested to their limits to ensure that strength, safety and durability are guaranteed. Our Extreme Test Series highlights just how confident we are in our fuel tanks – click to watch these videos

Safe and secure

Our tanks ensure your stock is completely contained by the double-walled design and lockable equipment cabinets add another layer of security to keep your pump and fuel safe from fuel theft. This also helps reduce leaks and spills – key for when you need to keep your site as clean as possible. 

Many Western Global tanks can also be fitted with telematics-ready gauges that pair with tank monitoring devices. This makes it easier to monitor your fuel stock, with real-time reporting helping you plan ahead and ensure that you never run dry.

Mobility in logistically challenging sites

We’ve already mentioned how challenging working environments can be after being affected by a national disaster. When arriving onsite, you might find that mobility is severely affected.

If a delivery truck can’t get through, our FuelCube Type-S may be an ideal option. It is designed to fit in the bed of your pickup truck, allowing you to fill equipment with diesel from the back of your truck like a slip tank. If you need a tank onsite for clean-up and have minimal space, the FuelCube Type-S can also be easily moved from the bed of your truck to the ground onsite as a standalone fuel tank.

With a larger capacity, our TransCube Mobile Refueler is a trailerized unit designed for towing in rugged environments. Without needing a forklift or crane to transport, it provides even more flexibility than a standard TransCube, especially in disaster response and recovery scenarios.

Both the FuelCube Type-S and the TransCube Mobile Refueler offer solutions for bringing fuel directly to the equipment that needs it most, so you can focus less on how to keep equipment running, and more on recovery.

Read more about the benefits of cubed tanks here.

Type-S Disaster Recovery fuel tank

Western Global’s Transportable fuel tanks

At Western Global, we’re here for our customers. Whenever disaster strikes, we’ll be there as soon as possible, providing the fuel storage solution you need to restore power and work through the cleanup. Our response team is always on-hand, with our tanks ready to be dispatched straight away. Read more about our disaster relief efforts here

We have a number of options for transportable fuel tanks. All feature the attributes explored above and are ideally suited for a range of disaster relief purposes.

  • TransCube Global – is extremely reliable and transportable. It’s designed to move and provide fuel wherever it’s needed and has proved itself in numerous testing environments.
  • TransCube Mobile Refueler – is one of the world’s best trailer-mounted tanks. It’s made for rugged and reliable fuel transportation between sites or projects. 
  • FuelCube Type–S – is designed for safe storage when transporting diesel fuel between sites. It’s perfect for smaller, mobile equipment.

If you’d like to know how our tanks can be used to help disaster relief response, or you’d like any more information about our products, get in touch.

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