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Shipping Containers and Hurricane Season

27.07.2020 - Posted by Updated On 27.07.2020    

Once again, much of the south east and east coast of the United States is in the middle of hurricane season. During this season our staff sees a surge in questions about how well a new or used shipping container can withstand a hurricane, and the answer is pretty.

A lot of the strength and integrity lies in if/how the container is modified, and how it"s anchored to the ground. The three main areas to focus on are foundations, protecting any windows with shutters, and speaking to an engineer about wind loads.

Shipping Container Foundations

One of the early articles appearing on addressed the three most common types of foundations that are used, and of the three two are suitable to consider for hurricane strength, concrete footer foundations, and concrete slab foundations. More can be read about these options by following the links.

Hurricane Shutters on Shipping Containers

We had the benefit of modifying a used shipping container into a cabin/bunk house destined for the front range of Wyoming, and the one main concern was keeping the windows safe and secure during the windy seasons; so we created shutters that are consistent with hurricane shutters on many homes in Florida. The solution was simple, save the cut out steel sheet from where the window was installed and hinge it over the opening. In the event of a storm, it can be closed and secured over the window.
shipping container hurricane shutters

Wind Loads for Shipping Containers

Understanding wind loads and shipping containers requires some calculations, or a review from a local engineer that understands the area that you're in. Without rehashing a previous article, follow this link to read more about "Shipping Container Wind Capacity".

For more ideas on how to secure a shipping container and protect it from the strong winds of a hurricane it"s best to contact a local builder familiar with both shipping containers and the weather conditions that appear in your area. articles are informational and a good place to start, but the best assistance will always come from a local professional.

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