October 22, 2008 - Employees from PODS® of Houston help residents rebuild, recover from Hurricane Ike
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10.22.08
CONSORTIUM MEDIA SERVICES
There is more than meets the eye with PODS® containers. PODS of Houston’s dedicated employees continue to work tirelessly to ensure recovery efforts are streamlined and containers are dispatched when and where needed – bringing in more than 500 additional containers from Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Utah, Arizona, Iowa, New Jersey, and other areas of Texas.
Helping to rebuild communities is not a new philosophy to the company, based in Clearwater, Florida, and its independently-owned and operated franchises. Invented by a former firefighter, the portable on demand storage containers have been placed to assist emergency personnel in numerous situations, including the Iowa Midwest flooding, and during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and wildfires in Malibu, California.
With three state-of-the-art Storage Centers in greater Houston, the local PODS franchise in Houston has dispatched more than 700 PODS containers after the storms to assist customers and disaster personnel, adding four drivers from out of town, and three additional delivery trucks.
PODS, its franchises and their employees are committed to helping the community, especially during times of disaster and recovery.
PODS is a positive reinforcing presence in the community and has become an accepted and respected member of disaster relief efforts; recognized by local authorities as a valuable partner.
PODS containers are constructed of a steel frame with specially-designed aluminum skin panels and have a load capacity of more than three tons. PODS containers are available in three sizes: approximately 7-by-7-by-8 feet, 8-by-8-by-12 feet and 8-by-8-by-16 feet. Our 12-foot and 16-foot containers have been tested to withstand winds of more than 110-mph when partially filled.
PODS of Houston Statements
“All of our Houston area market was affected by Hurricane Ike,” said Jay Williams, general manager of PODS of Houston. “Coastal areas such as Galveston and communities on Galveston Bay sustained flooding in addition to the wind damage. The Bolivar peninsula in particular was devastated. Outside of our own territory there were also major impacts in Beaumont and the surrounding areas of Orange and Port Arthur, prompting a huge response from our affiliate PODS franchises with resources for containers drawn from around the country.”
“We employ many native Houstonians at our PODS franchises in Houston,” Williams said. “Over the past few weeks, PODS has become not only a business to support the community, but an essential component of the recovery and rebuilding process to many of those affected by Hurricane Ike. Helping customers in need and seeing their gratitude is extremely rewarding for all of our employees, who have deep roots throughout the Houston and Galveston areas.”
“Our personnel and management interact with customers and understand what their needs are at this time,” Williams said. “The first step in rebuilding involves clearing out debris, so in many ways, PODS is a spear-tip in paving the way to rebuilding homes, communities and lives.”
PODS Corporate Statement
“Our deep commitment to serving local communities in need is a hallmark of PODS corporate philosophy and we are happy to be in a position to assist citizens throughout the state of Texas,” said Thomas A. Ryan, Jr., PODS President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our PODS® containers are constructed of a steel frame with specially designed aluminum skin panels and our larger containers have been tested to withstand 110-mph winds when partially filled, and have a load capacity of more than three tons.”
About PODS, Inc.
PODS reinvented the way people move and store their belongings by making it less stressful, less work and more convenient. Whether a customer needs moving services, storage services, or both, a PODS container is delivered direct to the customer’s location to load at their leisure. Then, PODS can move it to their next location or keep it one of their many clean and secure Storage Centers.
PODS is a frequent early responder to emergency situations. In addition to the recent hurricanes, PODS dispatched 160 of their containers to the Midwest region of the U.S. to assist in recovery efforts during the Iowa flooding, and delivered thousands of containers to emergency personnel in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Founded in 1998, the PODS network currently provides service to a population of more than 236 million consumers. To date, PODS has completed more than 175,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded one million deliveries and has over 137,000 PODS containers in service. PODS moving and storage services are available in 48 U.S. states and throughout Canada and Australia.
For more information visit PODS.com.