Restroom Shower Trailer Rental

If you have ever seen the aftermath of a disaster on the news, you have likely caught a glimpse of the restroom shower trailer. Depending on the severity and scope of the disaster, these can be fairly large affairs and typically look like a semi-truck trailer with stairs that lead up to the door (or several doors). There are many different types of these trailers and many reasons that you might need one.

Features of the Restroom Shower Trailer

In addition to a shower area, some of these trailers can include other features as well. Depending on the need and the situation, the shower trailer can feature restrooms and more. Examples include the following:

  • Sinks for quick handwashing or other needs
  • Changing areas
  • Toilets so that all needs can be met in the same location
  • Mirrors, shelves, and other amenities

The size of the trailer might also dictate how many shower stalls there are. A simple trailer for use in a person’s backyard during construction might only have one or two stalls, while a larger trailer used during a major disaster might have six to twelve stalls. The size of the hot water heater for each trailer will also vary depending on the number of stalls. The higher the number, the bigger the water heater will need to be so that water can be comfortably warm. Most of these trailers are also equipped with electricity so that lights are available as well.

Compliance with Disability Laws

Some, but not all, of these shower trailers are ADA compliant, which means that they are specifically equipped to be used by people who have varying levels of difficulties. For instance, many of them have special handles that allow people to pull themselves up. Some may also have shower seats so that people can sit while showering, wider stalls to accommodate a helper or for someone that is of a larger size, and other assistive devices. Automatic sinks and hand dryers are also helpful for people that may not be able to reach or turn regular faucets.

Disasters and the Need for Dignity

Even in the aftermath of a major catastrophe, there is the need for cleanliness and for a sense of normalcy to return. Workers that have been digging in rubble or have been wearing the same clothes for days appreciate the chance to get a nice hot shower and to get some clean clothes on. People that have been displaced from their homes, sometimes permanently, also find some level of comfort in a shower. But a shower can also be good in other situations as well.

  • The shower might be needed for people that have been exposed to contaminants like chemicals during the disaster.
  • People that are covered in mud, dirt, or debris can quickly succumb to hypothermia or could be exposed to infectious diseases. Getting them clean can prevent dangerous infections later.
  • Showers can be used to gently rewarm people that have been trapped in water, are wet and cold because of torrential rain, or have been caught in snow or other extreme weather conditions.

It is a basic human need to be clean, warm, and dry. When a disaster destroys your home and you are stuck with nothing but the clothing on your back, the idea of getting to take a warm shower can be one of the biggest blessings.

Who Rents the Shower Trailer?

The person in charge of coordinating disaster service in some cases will be the one that calls in the shower trailers. In more serious disasters, especially those that are granted federal disaster status, the responsibility might come at a higher level, with federal agencies bringing in supplies, food, and the shower trailers as needed. Sometimes these must be requested, especially if there was no warning that the event was coming. Sometimes the shower trailers cannot be brought in because of safety or security concerns, but eventually the all clear will be given, and these trailers will be moved in for the use of the people on the site handling the cleanup and rescue efforts.

Most of these trailers will be divided by gender. The larger ones have a hallway that can be used to separate genders, while the smaller trailers may have other setups. Sometimes two smaller trailers will be brought in—one for each gender. In other cases, the trailers might be used by both genders, with people just respecting each other’s privacy.

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