When disaster strikes, stable land usually capable of supporting large amounts of thru traffic often times becomes inaccessible by ordinary, everyday standards – something that can complicate rescue and recovery operations. However, by utilizing mats, rescue and relief crews can assure that the process moves more efficiently. Below are several circumstances in which mats might prove useful:
Staging/Storage Sites – Natural disasters that require a long-term recovery commitment often times necessitate a stable area to store not only heavy work equipment, but all kinds of recovery-related assets – ranging from materials to rebuild/reinforce levee systems, all the way to goods intended to help people make it through the disaster’s consequences. Storing supplies on top of mats in weather-ravaged areas helps keep them dry, organized, and unaffected from the ground below. Once the recovery operation concludes, the temporary mats can then be removed and the surrounding area can go back to how it was before the disaster.
Oil Spill Cleanup – Oil spills are among the most devastating natural disasters, simply from an environmental standpoint. Oil from spills can be seen across thousands of miles of coastline, requiring cleanup crews to access areas that would otherwise be considered remote. Mats can be laid down to help crews access such areas – especially coastlines that tend to have more wetlands and swamps.
Landing sites – In less common situations, mats have been utilized for landing aircraft, especially helicopters – providing them with a stable platform in an area that would otherwise be unsafe.
Other coastal-related disasters – Earthquakes and tsunamis often times affect hard to reach/secluded areas – sometimes requiring the construction of temporary bridges and other types of roadways. A road that was once there before the disaster may no longer exist – requiring a recovery crew to come up with a new access solution on the fly, something timber mats are perfectly capable of providing for.