The Quiet 2013 Hurricane Season and Low Demand for Tarps Benefits the Homeless

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Leading tarps supplier Tarps Plus will be donating its excess hurricane tarps apply to the homeless due to acquire 2013 hurricane season.

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The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (The NOAA) came out with its 2013 hurricane predictions earlier this year. The organization predicted that it would be an over active hurricane season, yet there has been very little activity to speak of. Many companies that supply hurricane and tornado preparedness items now find themselves heavily overstocked. One company, Tarps Plus, has decided to do something creative with its overabundant supply of poly tarps and hurricane covers. Every year, the tarp company plans an annual benefit for the homeless supplying poly tarps to people that must fight the elements and battle frostbite and hypothermia. This year the company will be doubling its supply to the homeless in Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC with interest of sending tarps to other cold climate cities like Chicago and Detroit. The slow 2013 hurricane season, has left the company with an oversupply of poly tarps and rather than holding onto the supply for next year the company has decided to offer the poly tarp covers to homeless facilities in the selected US cities across the country.

Tarps Plus founder and CEO Michael Stein says, “Although we are in the business to make money and sell tarps, this is a wonderful consolation prize. The tarp giveaway is our favorite event all year and the fact that we will be offering more due to the overstock is icing on the cake.”

Tarps Plus says it will be keeping a large portion of their hurricane tarp covers, but donating at least 10% of their supply to homeless shelters across the country, which amounts to thousands of units of tarps.

Tarps Plus calls their annual event “Tarp Aid”. Tarps Plus started donating tarps in 2008 in the Los Angeles area. The company supplies tarps, in several cold climate, US cities. The simple plastic poly tarp helps keep people living on the street try and warm. Frostbite and hypothermia is the leading cause of fatalities for people living on the streets. The event takes place just before Thanksgiving, when most cities start to get cold.

All US homeless shelters are invited to take part in the event. If you are a homeless shelter and want to be part of Tarp Aid, please contact Tarps Plus at 1-800-838-3057 or visit the website at

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