Supporting people in crisis during natural disasters, homelessness, and poverty is difficult and sometimes overwhelming, but sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest difference. Sometimes disaster relief services can help by doing what a great friend would do for someone going through a terrible life event; their laundry.
Since Hurricane Katrina, the increase in natural disasters has created a greater demand for disaster assistance, including mobile laundry trailers. When families lose everything they have, there is something comforting about being able to put on deodorant, wash their hair, and put on clean clothes.
Recognizing that clean clothes can mean so much, especially at a time when clothes are often all that people have left, mobile laundry trailers are critical for not only disaster victims but also for first responders and volunteers. Having somewhere to bring their clothes to be washed, dried, free of charge makes life seem more normal and hopeful.
Mobile laundry trailers have been instrumental during every major disaster in the US in recent years, such as Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Sandy, Matthew, and the BP Oil Spill. Units have different capacities, from smaller incident six machine units to large commercial 17 machine units. There is often a 2,000-gallon on-site water bladder storage and water vehicles for potable water and gray water removal to allow these units to be self-sufficient in remote locations or during first responder situations.