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Long-Term PPE Storage for the Military

Increase capacity in existing facilities.

August 5th, 2020 - less than a minute read

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need to keep ample supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on hand for future emergencies. With ongoing rationing of respirators, masks, and other protective gear, the military is seeking ways to responsibly stockpile supplies to ensure that PPE is more available and accessible in the future.

PPE Storage Challenges

Although long-term storage of bulk PPE is essential, it does present challenges.


Space is already in high demand, and areas that are used for PPE storage are spaces that could be used for work areas, training, or other uses. Constructing new additions or acquiring or building new facilities is typically out of the question given current budget priorities, so it’s best to increase storage capacity in existing storage areas.

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Inventory Control

PPE also has a “best by” date, so inventory control processes are crucial to ensure that gear is always organized and in good condition.


Long-term bulk storage typically doesn’t need to be used every day, but quick and convenient access is essential in a crisis. Even long-term storage needs to be accessible.

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The Spacesaver Solution: How it Works

Make the most of your existing facilities with Spacesaver high-density storage systems. These systems consist of shelving or racking that moves along rails installed into or on top of the floor. By eliminating empty aisles, you can store about twice as much gear in your existing storeroom or warehouse.

  • Save Space
  • Stay Organized
  • Streamline Inventory
  • Easily Remove Expired Items
  • Quickly Access Stored Items
  • Ensure User Safety

How to Store More in the Same Space

Space is an asset in the military, and you need to make the most of it. Here’s how we help:

1. Analyze what you need to store.

Purge expired or unneeded items. Think about future needs. How much capacity do you need to gain?

2. Analyze your space.

Your local Spacesaver consultant will take careful measurements of your facility’s ceiling heights as well as its length and width. They’ll also make note of structural columns, code requirements, floor levelness, and other factors that might impact the design of your storage system.

3. Analyze your workflow.

How often will people need to access stored items? Will they need to use a forklift or hand truck? Will some items be accessed frequently while others will be in storage for months or years?

4. Design your Spacesaver system.

After gaining a thorough understanding of your needs, your local consultant will work with Spacesaver’s engineers to design a system that optimizes space and efficiency.

5. Install and use your system.

Your local factory-certified Spacesaver technicians will install your system and explain how to use it safely.

ActivRAC: A Popular Option for the Military

Storing large amounts of supplies and equipment on pallets for rapid deployment requires a heavy-duty system with high capacity. The ActivRAC® Mobilized Storage System makes the most of your space while still keeping bulk supplies organized and accessible.

  • 3,000 lb – 30,000 lb Capacity Per Section
  • Accepts New or Existing Racking
  • Forklift or Handtruck Access
  • Safe and Easy to Use
  • Open Aisles with Touchpad, Remote Control, or Personal Device (Powered systems only)
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