Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Flooding and other natural disasters wreak havoc and sometimes total devastation of communities. After such disasters do their damage, recovery efforts take place to assist the community and the people so affected by the disaster. Packaged Ice becomes a necessity in most cases as water and electrical supplies are often either inoperable in the community or in some cases contaminated.
The Ice supplier(s) in the affected community may also have inoperable manufacturing facilities for a period of time until water and electrical services are restored. As well, normally FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association), the Salvation Army and the Red Cross will step in to help the community receive the products (Packaged Ice and Bottled Water) they will so desperately need until the infrastructure services are restored.
The International Packaged Ice Association whose members represent approximately 80% of all the packaged ice sold in North America offers the following suggestions in the event of a natural disaster: