Poly tarps have grown in popularity in recent years due to the frequency of natural disasters. These events occur globally, so there has been an increase in demand. Whether it is flooding, hurricanes or wildfires in the United States, or tsunamis, earthquakes or volcano eruptions in other parts of the world, tarps can assist with clean up efforts.
There are several types that are available, however, poly tarps are constructed from a plastic type material that is both waterproof as well as very strong. Many may not be aware of the many different uses for them. While most people are aware that they can be used as vehicle coverings, awnings, pool covers, painting, camping and many other uses there is an entirely different use when natural disasters strike.
They are also quite flexible and general layered with latex or plastic in order to make them extra durable and strong. Some of them are also fire retardant or flame resistant. This is especially beneficial when responding to wildfires, volcano eruptions or other events that involve excessive heat exposure.
They provide excellent ground covering or lean-to's in order to protect supplies and equipment from the weather elements. Many agencies and support teams also use them to construct tents, or to provide additional covering for tent floors. Tarps are used as lightweight weather breaks. This helps to shield workers or injured patients from wind. Also, it is great for use for protection from sun rays, or as a shade.
When in extreme weather conditions such as arid locations where dust and debris can create major issues, they can be used to protect supplies and equipment from harmful debris and dust. Emergency vehicles can be protected as well when they are used for coverings. This protects them from inclement weather, the suns damaging rays and other natural elements.
Regardless of the situation, poly tarps are sure to be a necessity that can adapt to the situation or need. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and cost.