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Storage operations

Information on examples of five of the most important types of store is summarized in Table 6. From this it is clear that where speedy procurement and erection of a store is essential, tarpaulins (for bag stacks), tents and plastic-clad stores can be obtained rapidly by air and erected quickly. Because these stores are relatively light-weight and because they have simple foundations or ground anchors, they are also easy to relocate. Their drawbacks are that they are difficult to manage and vulnerable to theft because the canvas or plastic sheet can be easily cut open; hence they require security fences and watchmen. They are also vulnerable to water (both ground moisture and flooding) in wet weather, and dunnage or pallets should be regarded as essential. They are easily damaged by wind and precautions against this are needed.

At railheads, ports or where an emergency is prolonged, more permanent storage with concrete damp-proofed floors is appropriate. These stores (whether warehouses or frameless buildings) are easier to manage and more secure. However, they are slow to procure and erect and not easy to relocate. Construction often requires expatriate supervision.