The need for temperature-controlled storage has been increasing in the humanitarian operations over the past few decades, and agencies are becoming more aware of the challenges surrounding temperature sensitive cargo. Temperature control ranges are generally defined in the following ranges:
|Temperature Range||Common Name|
|2° to 8°C|
|8° to 15°C||Cool|
|15° to 25°C||Climate Controlled or “Room Temperature”|
30° to 40°C
|Surrounding naturally occurring temperature - Usually considered 25°C +|
Field level humanitarian working conditions also frequently preclude any type of temperature-controlled storage capacity, so the need for temperature-controlled conditions must be factored into operational plans when selecting and establishing storage. Any form of temperature-controlled space will require basic equipment – air-conditioners, refrigerators, freezers – and some form of power, most commonly electricity.