Plastic sheeting is the knight in shining armor when it comes to non-food relief items used in humanitarian operations. Annually, many hundreds of thousands of square feet of polyethylene sheeting are distributed by NGO’s, government agencies and private sector. Plastic sheeting becomes very useful when temporary building materials for materials for repairs or emergency shelter structures are in demand.
Confusion exists due to the versatility and low cost of plastic sheeting and which version will best suit the situation. Gratefully, plastic sheeting is readily available and cost effective. Understandably, plastic sheeting is only a temporary solution. Sun and wind over time can stress plastic. Having an understanding of the options for plastic sheeting in a survival situation is important.
The goal of plastic sheeting in an emergency situation after a hurricane, or natural disaster is to protect individuals from the elements. Sun and the Ultra Violet rays it gives off is a natural enemy of polyethylene. One solution when selecting plastic sheeting for outdoor protection is to get sheeting that has U.V. Protection built into the plastic.
Wind can rip and tear regular non-reinforced plastic sheeting. This is why humanitarian efforts order string reinforced film. What this means is that the plastic has a layer of string, also called “scrim reinforced” in the middle layer. The string reinforcing will stop a tear from traveling the length of the film and contain the tear. In addition to the plastic sheeting, tape and or polyester strapping can help secure the plastic in place.
This guide to the specifications and use of plastic sheeting in humanitarian relief can provide additional helpful information.
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