Emergency Response—Why access to portable toilets & showers is important during a disaster

laundry-trailers-266When a natural disaster strikes, one of the often looked-over aspects of the disaster is the loss of running water, sanitation, and clean living conditions for those affected. In the wake of these tragedies, access to portable toilets and showers is an important part of aid and relief efforts.

The last thing people need to worry about when recovering from a natural disaster is sanitation and access to clean, hot water, and these are often the most sought-after resources. Many structures that would normally provide these services (YMCAs, shelters, etc.) are likely to have been affected by disaster, leaving local communities with little ability to meet those needs.

At Edmunds, we offer a variety of portable toilet, shower, sanitation, and laundry facilities aimed at providing disaster relief. Our commercial restroom trailers offer 5 toilet stalls in the women’s side and 2 stalls, 2 urinals in the men’s. Some of our restroom trailers have built-in sinks, but we also offer stand-alone hand washing units. Shower trailers feature multiple private shower stalls with sinks, access to hot and cold water, as well as foldout steps and handrails for ease of access.

Access to clean clothes in another commonly looked over, but difficult, challenge in the wake of disasters. In order to combat this aspect of rebuilding, we offer mobile laundry trailers with stacked washers and dryers, folding countertops, and utility sinks for soaking and hand-washing.

Nothing feels as good as a hot shower or a clean change of clothes when normal outlets for meeting those needs are no longer available to you. The clean-up process after a natural disaster may take some time, but ensuring that those affected have access to ways to meet their basic needs can go a long way while the rebuilding process continues.

8 Amazing Examples of Toilet Paper Roll Art

Everyone has them—empty toilet paper rolls—but so often they’re thrown in the trash as soon as the last square is pulled. If you’re looking for some DIY decorations or arts and crafts ideas, however, there’s plenty you can do with these little cardboard cylinders.

Here are some of our favorite photos of DIY toilet paper roll art:


It’s February, the month of Valentine’s Day and all kinds of expressions of love. This 3D heart is made out of toilet paper rolls, with a few other cardboard cylinders for pops of color.


At first glance, you’d never know the design around this mirror is made out sliced toilet paper rolls!


Don’t these intricate squares look like wrought iron wall hangings? Cut out toilet paper rolls are much easier to hang!


This light door wreath uses toilet paper rolls to construct leaves and hold fabric flowers.


This family tree uses bent toilet paper roles at fun, 3D leaves.


This wall mural of leaves is made entirely out of bent TP rolls.


These segmented tree paintings also use cut out rolls for the leaf outlines.


And finally…No idea HOW someone managed to create these, but they look amazing. Like a floating forest for your wall.

What would you create out of toilet paper rolls?