Visit Portable Garage Depot at The Big E!!!

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Portable Garage Depot is the leader in instant all weather portable garages and portable carport building kits. Their products provide instant storage to protect any and all of your investments from the damaging weather elements. You can see many of their portable storage products this September at The Big E!

The Big E is a yearly fair held in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It runs for 17 days and guests can see shows, go on rides, and visit hundreds of vendors. This year, you can visit Portable Garage Depot at The Big E between September 13th and the 29th. Come check out many of their portable garages, portable carports, and portable shelters.

Portable Garage Depot offers affordable and reliable all-weather storage for cars, motorcycles, trucks, RV’s, campers, boats, and more. Their garage plans can also be built as storage for equipment, tractors, tools, hay, horse shelters, and anything else you need to keep protected.portable garage

All of Portable Garage Depot’s custom garage and carport frames are made from either powder coated or galvanized steel tubing, depending on the model. Each portable garage cover is made of a durable, UV resistant, layered polyethylene material and is available in a variety of colors. The strong frame and durable cover allows all of Portable Garage Depot’s products to withstand the toughest weather, providing full protection for your investments. They also offer several different types of surface anchors to accommodate all surface applications.

Portable Garage Depot is a leading manufacturer’s distributor of portable storage products that ships nationwide. They offer a wide variety of shelter and storage options, with something for every need. Come down to The Big E this September to see many of their portable garages and shelters in person!

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Learn how to build your own Portable Home

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With the housing market down, ever wish you could just build your own home? Wouldn’t it be great if that home was also portable? The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company will show you how to design plans for building yourself a miniature functional house. It drops right on top of a trailer hitch and you can roam the country, enjoying the sights and avoid making mortgage payments for 30 years.

This may seem like a far-fetched idea, but many people are actually doing it. The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is actually hosting a two-day workshop this weekend in Dallas to educate anyone who wants to join the tiny house movement.

At the workshop, a tiny house expert will teach you the skills you need to build your own portable building. They will teach you about material selection, insulation, venting techniques, cost efficient construction, roofing, and guarding against condensation. After the workshop you will be on your way to the local hardware store for all the materials you’ll need to build your new tiny home.

The tiny house movement has been catching on across the country. Many people are deciding to live in smaller homes like these to avoid paying expensive mortgage payments. The people who choose to live this lifestyle are okay with having only what they need and being happy with the things they have. All of the essentials of a big home are in these mini homes, but just on a smaller scale.

The cost of the two-day workshop for creating your own tiny abode is $399. The Tumbleweed company will also sell you ready-made plans for building a tiny home if you are already good with your hands for just $89. So if you are looking for cheap housing you can take with you wherever you go, you might want to learn how to build one of these tiny homes.

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Portable Shelter for the Homeless


Lynn Boland and Eryk Hanut, along with four others, began Project Aqua to help fix a flaw in the services that the homeless in Las Vegas receive. They currently do a lot for local homeless people, but after receiving three EDAR units, have been looking for qualified candidates for them.

The EDAR units are from the Los Angeles-based non-profit Everyone Deserves a Roof. The mobile shelter units fill a void for lack of alternative shelters in Las Vegas. While there are shelters available, many are overcrowded. The EDAR unit allows the homeless to have a greater sense of mobility and safety. The EDAR is a compact portable housing unit on wheels. Portable ShelterWhen it is not open, it folds into a cart for transport. Before Boland and Hanut got their hands on three units, they were only distributed in Los Angeles.

Due to the lack of alternative shelters located in Las Vegas for the homeless, Boland began to research solutions for the issue. It was then that she discovered EDAR and their mobile shelter units. The units were designed to provide a short-term, immediate shelter for homeless people who are reluctant to enter the shelter system. Each one costs around $500 to make. Boland reached out to the non-profit and found out that several outdated EDAR units were in storage. The nonprofit was willing to give up three of them to Boland.

Project Aqua currently has given away one EDAR unit away and is waiting to receive the other two. The first unit was given to 53-year old Erma Hernandez and she loves it.

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Portable Buildings Built After Schools Were Destroyed by Explosion

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Recently, an explosion at a fertilizer plant killed and injured many people in West, Texas. The explosion reached the nearby middle school and high school. The middle school was reduced to rubble and the high school was deemed useless due to the damage it sustained. To try and get things back to normalcy, donations were being taken and portable buildings were built as classrooms for the children.

“As citizens of West we are all in this together. Long term Recovery will take several months to years. We are working non-stop to expedite processes and procedures for the health and safety of all our citizens.” – Mayor of West Tommy Muska

The nearby town of Kyle is lending a hand in getting the people of West back to normalcy. Over the weekend, Kyle residents showed up at city hall with loads of donations. Then Kyle Council Member  Kyle DonationsSamantha Bellows-LeMense braved the traffic to West to deliver the supplies. They brought toiletries, trash bags, school supplies, blankets, non-perishable foods, Gatorade, and bottled water.

After the explosion, West was left with only one school campus, West Elementary School. In a race to get school back in session by Monday, the town was on a mission to collect school supplies for the students. The school would now also be serving fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. To help alleviate the crowding with all the new students, volunteers erected portable buildings that would act as extra classrooms.

When LeMense arrived at the school she walked the hallways giving out notebooks, pens, pencils, staplers, tape, folders, backpacks, and other much needed school supplies. After hearing that the school would be short on water, LeMense returned with a carload of bottled water.

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Portable Cabins Help Solve Overcrowding Issue


Residents of Rotorua, New Zealand are struggling with overcrowded homes. Many of the residents are considering renting portable cabins to help relieve some of the overcrowding issue.

The portable shelters are about the same size as a small bedroom and can be rented for about $60 a week. They come with a fire alarm, carpet, ability to hook up to a power source, and are delivered to a person’s property. The portable shelter suppliers are also renting them out as offices for homes andPortable Shelter as extra rooms to rent out to students, in addition to creating extra space for overcrowded homes.

The cheapest cabins are available for $55, but for some that is still too expensive. Most people who inquire about renting the cabins are low-income earners in their twenties. The government is concerned with the implications that come with renting the portable shelters. The government believes that for $60 a week people could easily upgrade to a larger property. There is also a program with Housing New Zealand that can help make accommodations.

Some issues of concern are security and bathroom access. Local portable cabin suppliers will not reveal how many units were rented in Rotorua due to market competition issues, but they did say that they were popular. John Weston of Just Cabins Rotorua said that nearly every one of his cabins were rented out.

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Emergency Portable Shelters for Disaster Zones


When natural disasters like earthquakes, storms, and floods hit a region, there are many problems that rescue workers face. One of the biggest problems is providing a safe place to treat wounded citizens and provide shelter for those who have lost their homes. A new portable shelter may be able to alleviate some of the difficulty in bringing in short term shelters.

Argentinian architecture studio Proyecto 2M has developed a portable shelter called the Modularflex. The Modularflex can be packed flat for easy storage and delivery and can be built in Portable Shelterjust half an hour. The innovative design allows for the shelter to be assembled by two man teams or popped up by using a crane for even faster building time. The Modularflex also has a huge hinge that allows them to be collapsed like accordians.

The Proyecto 2M company states that their easy to assemble portable shelters are lightweight, flexible, and sturdy. When packed flat, six Modularflex shelters can be placed on the back of a truck for easy and efficient transportation to where they are needed. The walls of the Modularflex are made from insulated thermal panels similar to a supermarket cold storage room. They can withstand temperatures ranging from -20 degrees Celsius to 49 degrees Celsius.

The modular design of the shelter makes it possible to put multiple units together to create larger dwellings. Every Modularflex comes with electrical wiring and LED lighting. Different designs are available, such as camouflage for the military or marked with a red cross for humanitarian efforts.

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Portable Shelter Provides Relief during a Disaster

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There has been a huge surge in the market for disaster relief products after the world has experienced so many natural disasters in the recent years. One Canadian design firm has created a cheap and affordable portable shelter product that can help create personal space for those affected by a natural disaster.

The design firm Molo has created the “softshelter” to provide disaster victims with their own personal space when living in temporary relief centers. To demonstrate the practicality of the system and refine it, one Molo team SoftSheltermember has camped out in a softshelter module for several weeks.

The portable shelter is made from 100 percent recycled materials and is designed for re-use over a long period of time. The flexible walls pack flat, allowing for easy, fast, and cost effective shipping. The design also allows for quick setup to create walls and rooms anywhere. The softwall quickly and easily expands to create four walls, and the end panels are connected magnetically to each other.

One of the main focuses of Molo for this product was to make the space seem personal and provide comfort in a time of disaster. Molo added a few features to the softshelter, like:

• A magnetic clipping system for pictures
• Flower vase
• Tyvek hanger
• LED light

Small touches like those give the softshelter that personal touch that can help ease a disaster victim’s mind. By giving the victims their own spaces, they will not have to sleep on a cot next to a bunch of other people. Inexpensive and easy to set-up, the softshelter is a great tool for victims of a natural disaster.

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Homeless Inventor Gets a Second Chance with Portable Housing Pod


Mike Williams was broke and homeless, living on the streets, until he teamed up with a doctor that gave him a second chance at life. Early in Mike Williams’ life, he saw great success as an inventor. A dentist visit for a cracked tooth would change his life forever.

Mike was at the dentist for his cracked tooth and asked if he could see it. The dentist told him he could use a mirror, but there was no camera or anything to show him the inside of his mouth. Well Mike decided to invent something that would let people see inside their mouths, the first intraoral camera.

The invention was a success, and it led to other medical technology ventures that made him millions of dollars. However, Mike’s life as an inventor and entrepreneur would be short lived, as soon he would be broke and homeless. After the housing market crashed and destroyed many of his financial capabilities, his home went into foreclosure in 2009. He was then scammed and lost about $2.5 million, and the hits kept coming. His wife asked for a divorce, his kids collected their things, and Williams was in the streets.

Last August, Mike was sleeping in a park in Sacramento when two men kicked and beat him unconscious. They took all of his belongings and left him severely injured. Little did he know that the beating would change his life and give him a second chance.

With no health insurance, Williams had to wait hours to see a doctor. Finally he was seen by Dr. Jong Chen, the man who would give Mike the second chance he needed. They struck up conversation during the visit and Dr. Chen asked about how Mike became homeless and what he did before that. Mike was telling him his story when he told the doctor, “As a matter of fact, I’m the inventor of that little wire catheter you’re using.”Portable Housing Pod

Dr. Chen thought it was a waste for such an amazing inventor to be living on the streets, so he decided to team up with Mike. They went to breakfast soon after to talk about any new ideas Mike had devised. He then told the doctor about his idea for a portable housing unit that would provide a secure, safe place for the homeless and people that are displaced in society. Williams said he came up with the idea while resting in a dumpster, one of the only safe places he could find. He even drew up plans for a 6 by 6 foot structure that had a bed and chemical toilet.

With Dr. Chen’s help, they created a company to start working on a prototype portable housing pod. They envisioned more applications, such as FEMA using them for emergency housing and airports renting them out to travelers with long layovers.

Dr. Chen helped get Mike back on his feet, and the duo are working on producing their portable housing pod.


Many Haitians Still Living in Tents Almost 3 Years After Earthquake

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Almost three years ago, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake. Many Haitians were forced to live in tent camps because their homes were destroyed from the earthquake. Now many families were rendered homeless because of Hurricane Sandy.

Even though it has almost been three years since the earthquake that struck Haiti forced people into tent camps, over 370,000 people are still living in them. The communities made up of tarps are the only place they have to live. The tarps provide them with shelter and their own space, but after Hurricane Sandy, many people are left homeless once again.

The tarps had provided a way to protect the people from the outdoor elements, but were unable to withstand Hurricane Sandy. Many people’s tarps were ripped, destroyed, or blown away. The super storm flooded most of the living spaces and left many homeless Tarpsagain.

There is no drainage system in the camps, so the water sits stagnant
inside of everyone’s tents. Their beds, clothes, and belongings are all soaked. Many of the tarps are damaged and now they struggle to stay protected from the elements. It has been reported that 18,000 people are now homeless after Sandy came.

The conditions are horrible for those still living at the tent camps. It is hard for people to sleep because they do not have a dry place to rest. The ground is covered with more tarps to try and create dry places to walk. When they try to mop or sweep the water out, more water just pours in. With no real way to drain the water; it will cause the ground to be muddy and wet for a long time. Without help, the Haitian people will be living in a nightmare for some time. Wet and hungry, the people there are crying out for help.

Larger-Sized Shelters

One of the benefits of using a portable garage as opposed to a brick and mortar structure is the versatility. If you ever need to expand your storage space for additional vehicles or other items, a brick and mortar structure is, essentially, permanent and significant modifications may need to get made. With a portable garage or carport, kits can be purchased to expand the dimensions of the shelter to accommodate more vehicles. Typically, peaked roof portable garage shelters are able to be expanded more, and this includes in both width and length. While many of these shelters are designed to protect one vehicle, be it a single car or an RV, these can be expanded to cover more two or more vehicles.

With portable garage kits, one of these shelters can be expanded by adding additional components to the frame and adding a new roof. However, various other models are available to already accommodate two or more cars. These designs can house two cars in a peaked-roof shelter, while others can be large enough to hold four cars. For outdoor events needing parking, some of these shelters can cover up to six cars. But, if you plan on covering a car and a seasonal vehicle like an RV in the same structure, having a larger portable shelter should be designed with the height of the RV in mind.

Aside from the width and length of one of these portable shelters to accommodate multiple cars, a large-sized portable shelter is capable of accommodating multiple seasonal vehicles, including boats and RVs. For the latter, certain taller portable shelters are designed for these vehicles, including both rounded and peaked roof structure designs. In terms of expanding a shelter to accommodate more vehicles, a peaked roof shelter is more ideal in this case, but, specifically for RVs, the length can be expanded to house one vehicle in front of the other in a tunnel-like structure.