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July 2021 // PACKAGING SYSTEMS

Flood disaster in Germany: SCHÜTZ provides more than 1,000 IBCs free of charge

Space-saving logistics tool with optimum use of transport space: stacked two high,
the IBCs arrive at the Nürburgring by truck.
Selters (hds). Persistently heavy rainfall in July in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia led to the worst flood disaster in decades. Within a few hours, 200 litres of precipitation per square meter fell in some areas - with dramatic results: the water masses surged through villages and towns, flooding houses, uprooting trees, and washing away vehicles. Rivers broke their banks, roads were washed out, bridges damaged, paths and roads rendered impassable.

Some communities were completely cut off from the outside world. Thousands of people are homeless and have lost their belongings. According to evaluations of satellite images, an area of almost 200 hectares was flooded along the Ahr alone. The insurance industry estimates the total damage incurred to date at around five billion euros.

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  • Space-saving logistics tool with optimum use of transport space: stacked two high, the IBCs arrive at the Nürburgring by truck.
  • Space-saving logistics tool with optimum use of transport space: stacked two high, the IBCs arrive at the Nürburgring by truck.
  • Well equipped for use in the disaster area: Fire department vehicles are loaded with IBCs for the supply of drinking water.
  • Well equipped for use in the disaster area: Fire department vehicles are loaded with IBCs for the supply of drinking water.
  • Well equipped for use in the disaster area: Fire department vehicles are loaded with IBCs for the supply of drinking water.
  • The German Army assists with loading and transporting the Schütz IBCs at the central base camp for disaster relief, which was especially set up at the Nürburgring.



Flood disaster in Germany

SCHÜTZ provides more than 1,000 IBCs free of charge

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Container donation for water supply

 

Quick help is needed on site! In addition to accommodation, clothing and hygiene articles for daily use, those affected urgently need clean drinking water in order to avoid diarrhoea, fever and infectious diseases. The force of the water masses has completely destroyed many pipes. Flooded fields and sewage treatment plants as well as cleaning detergents from private households have washed dirt, sludge, pathogens and chemicals into the groundwater. SCHÜTZ is assisting here with its Foodcert IBCs: We have already made over 1,000 containers available free of charge to the Technical Aid Organization, fire departments, and the German Army. They serve as storage containers for drinking water in the crisis areas and are used, among other things, as efficient mobile water treatment plants. The IBCs are also being used by the Technical Aid Organization crisis centre at the Nürburgring. Germany's oldest racetrack has ceased to be a motor sport venue for a few days, but has been an aid centre for the victims of the flood disaster. A total area of 60,000 square metres and the entire infrastructure of the ring are available for necessary aid measures. “We would like to thank our employees and everyone involved for their commitment. Only through good coordination and teamwork with the aid organizations were we able to provide this quick and unbureaucratic help, ”says Veit Enders, from Schütz's management board. 

 

Expertise from many years of cooperation

 

Also in this project, Schütz falls back on its experience from many years of cooperation with the Water Mission. Since 2008, the non-profit aid organization has been using the IBCs from the packaging specialist in natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes around the world to deliver treated water to the affected population. The worldwide network of Schütz locations, the latest technology, strategic partners, and committed donors are the basis for these important humanitarian missions.