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Make Sure You Have the Right Stairs When Disaster Strikes

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With hurricane season in full swing, it’s important to keep access in mind when preparing for the aftereffects of this natural disaster.

In the wake of a brutal storm, humanitarian efforts are likely to move in and do so quickly to offer relief to the affected community. Oftentimes, they mobilize triage trailers, temporary disaster relief centers, temporary housing, etc. The mobile units are usually on wheels or set off the ground and in need of an access solution in order for people to get in and out of them. With this in mind, we’re going to walk through the qualities you’ll need from a commercial set of stairs that you can rely on after disaster strikes.


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    FAST Shipping

    This first one is a little self-explanatory, but still worth mentioning. When hurricanes rip through communities, it is imperative that action is taken quickly. That’s why at EZ-ACCESS, we make sure to keep stock on our floor and guarantee that standard products will ship within 24-48 hours of purchase.

  2. assembly of FORTRESS® OSHA Stair System

    Easy to Install

    For the same reasons you need quick shipping, you need an access solution that sets up quickly as well. While wood might be the easiest material to come by, building a set of wood steps ramp may take several days and requires a whole gamut of tools. Our modular aluminum stair system comes with pre-built parts, requiring minimal assembly, and can quickly be set up by one person. This means you have an immediate solution to serve the immediate needs at hand.

  3. FORTRESS® OSHA Stair System displaying the height and leveling capabilites

    Adaptable

    Our FORTRESS® OSHA Stair System is versatile and can adapt to meet the structure’s site and configuration.

    Height Adjustment: The stair’s range of adjustability allows it to meet the height requirements of the mobile unit.

    • 3-step model adjusts from 23” to 34”
    • 4-step model adjusts from 27.5” to 42.5”

    Universal Handrail: Handrails are universal for left or right installation to match the configuration of the structure.

    Convenient Leveling: The stair system’s platform and riser legs adjust independently and allow for easy, on-site leveling.

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    Weathers the Storm

    We’re not talking metaphorically here. A set of stairs quite literally needs to weather any enduring weather. This is one of the reasons we build EZ-ACCESS ramps exclusively from aluminum. Other commonly used materials – wood, concrete, and steel – will either rot or rust when it comes in contact with water and won’t be a sustainable option for hurricane season or long-term use. Aluminum stairs, on the other hand, are corrosion-resistant and virtually maintenance-free, so you can set them up and use them over and over again in some of the harshest conditions. These stairs are also durable, can handle the constant traffic, and offer a level of safety with their permanent, slip-resistant surface that offers superior traction.

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    Easy to Break Down

    When a city is ready to rebuild after a storm, mobile units are removed. So, what happens when wood is used to build temporary access to temporary relief structures? It’s destroyed in demolition and thrown into the waste pile with other unrecoverable items. With an aluminum access system, you can break down the structure without damaging the parts and re-use it as needed. This is a more environmentally friendly option, but more importantly, it’s a people-friendly option that allows quick access for individuals soon after a storm hits.


For additional information on the access solutions we have available after a natural disaster hits, jump right to our disaster relief resources to learn more.

Disaster Relief Resources

As always, please reach out to our Customer Service team if you have questions about the solutions!

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