Above image shows that a container structure has much more durability than usual construction materials used in homes. Homes lay scattered after the passing of Hurricane Maria in Roseau, the capital of the island of Dominica. [Carlisle Jno BaptisteAP Photo]
Many people who reside in hotpots like Florida coastal areas, where natural calamities are frequent, are concerned if the Converted shipping container structures are strong enough to withstand hurricanes.
Almost no controversy exists when discussing strength of shipping containers; actually, the most advantageous feature of Converted Shipping Container homes is the structural durability in comparison to all other conventional building material available i.e. wood, concrete, and even regular steel buildings.
According to Intermodal Steel Building Units and Container Homes Association (ISUA) with a very high scale of credibility it can be said that Container homes and other converted shipping container structures like restaurants, offices and retailer shops and event kiosks, are resistant to most all natural disasters, including tornadoes, earthquakes, and even hurricanes.
Shipping containers, whether single units or multiple connected units, can withstand up to 100MPH winds when rooted on foundation, or 175MPH winds when anchored with pylons, making container-homes extremely solid in both tornadoes and hurricanes. This has been proven time after time in many ‘real life’ situations.
Even after a direct hit during an earthquake, the structure would never collapse; “it would be the most perfect safety cocoon in an earthquake, [at] least 100 times safer and stronger than a conventional building structure.
Long serviceability time span, and structural durability against environmental elements, has been among reasons that has convince Department of Defense (DOD) to utilizes CHUs (Containerized Housing Units) also sometimes referred to as Containerized Living Unit (CLU) for billeting and office use in support of its operation CONUS and OCONUS. Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, is an example of CLU housing in support of DOD activates and operations.
Back home Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is also utilize Converted Shipping containers as emergency safe haven option when available and practical as a temporary lodging means.
While no recorded incident of cases where a shipping container home had to face the wrath of a hurricane was found, it can be confidently said if professionally handled and installed, converted shipping container structures, homes or offices can resist hurricanes.