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Worker installing wood flooring in a home

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As a flooring installer working on different types of flooring in both residential and commercial buildings, you know the challenges of finding a bathroom when you need it. 

In many cases, the building where you’re installing flooring is still under construction. The plumbing may not be installed or working yet. While there’s the option to use the construction site’s porta-potties, we all know that outhouses aren’t the most sanitary options as dozens of workers on the site share them. Also, they’re probably not very accessible as porta-potties have to be set up a distance away from the site, so as not to obstruct pathways for the crew and driveways for the trucks and heavy equipment. 

Fortunately, there’s a solution that is sanitary, convenient, and most importantly, portable. The Brief Relief Portable Lavatory System is like carrying a personal bathroom stall. The system includes a privacy tent, portable commode, and a supply of waste bags. Waste Bags use specialized gelling technology to create unique waste alleviating solution.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

The Convenience of a Portable Commode and Waste Bags 

If you’re in the middle of installing flooring and feel the urge to relieve yourself, you can skip the porta-potties. There’s no need to hold it in and put your bladder health at risk. You can also stop considering urinating behind a tree or bush and potentially getting in trouble with the law. 

Instead, you can go to your truck and pull out the lavatory system; the whole system weighs only 18 lbs and packs away neatly. The privacy tent collapses and fits in a carry case while the commode makes a sturdy base to hold a full-size flexible toilet seat. It includes a tight-seal screw on gamma-lid to store and transport your sanitation supplies when out on a job. 

You can set up the privacy tent right next to your truck. It is easy to set up and break down. Its opaque color guarantees complete privacy as does the zipper locks on the inside. For your comfort, the commode is the height of a standard toilet. Choose between the Brief Relief Liquid Liquid Waste Bag or the Disposa-John. 

The Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag can hold up to 20 oz. of urine, while the Disposa-John’s triple barrier design was made to seal both liquid and solid wastes safely. All Brief Relief waste bags contain a unique blend of polymers and enzymes that are activated by wastes, breaking them down and converting them into a deodorized gel. The waste bags are odor-free, puncture-resistant, and spill-proof. Because all Brief Relief products are made with non-toxic materials, they are landfill-safe and can be thrown away safely in a regular trash bin. 

Alternatively, you can pack Brief Relief waste bags with you on-site. Even if the toilets in the commercial building or residential home aren’t fully functional yet, you can use them for privacy as you use a waste bag. Once you’re done, seal the bag shut and throw it away in any trash receptacle. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

To learn more about how Brief Relief can help you focus better on your job, check out our line of products

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Flood disaster after a hurricane

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hurricanes leave behind a lot of destruction, but they also leave us with valuable lessons and provide us with opportunities to train and prepare for the next one. 

When preparing emergency preparedness kits, many have failed to identify one of the most basic human needs in times of disaster apart from clean water, food, and shelter; the need to use the bathroom. From first responders to volunteers and civilians, people need a restroom and with no running water after a hurricane, it’s not that simple. 

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Waste Bags for First Responders During Search and Rescue Operations 

While everyone else is evacuating, first responders mobilize, rush into the hurricane’s path to aid in disaster preparation and provide aid as quickly as possible. In the aftermath, flooding doesn’t only make it challenging for first responders to reach civilians trapped in their homes, but it also means no access to toilets.  

With no accessible or functioning bathroom in sight, portable waste bags offer first responders a sanitary, convenient, and portable solution. Waste Bags use waste alleviation and gelling technology to fulfill sanitary toilet functions.

The Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag is an individually packaged bag for urine while the Disposa-John is a triple barrier bag for liquid and solid waste. The liquid waste bag has a wide opening with a semi-rigid rim, which means both men and women can use it; its one-way valve prevents spillage. 

For added hygiene, the portable waste bags include antimicrobial wipes. All Brief Relief waste bags contain a sophisticated blend of polymers and enzymes that break down and convert wastes into a deodorized gel. The portable waste bags are odor-free, puncture-resistant, spill-proof, and landfill-safe. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Portable Lavatory Systems for Civilians at Evacuation Centers 

Because water is typically one of the first utilities to be shut off after a calamity, using the bathroom in an evacuation center or other shelters such as schools will not be an option – leaving porta-potties as the go-to bathroom solution to accommodate the community. 

However, we have learned that overcrowding leads to health issues at evacuation centers. Living in such close proximity and the sharing of toilet facilities that may not be getting cleaned as often as they should ultimately can lead to the spread of disease.  

Brief Relief offers a solution that is a more sanitary alternative to porta-potties that eliminates contamination and spread of viruses and bacteria. 

The Brief Relief Portable Lavatory System comes complete with a privacy shelter, commode, and supply of waste bags. Unlike the porta-potty, a portable lavatory system doesn’t need to be serviced. Because roads may be inaccessible after a hurricane, trucks may not be able to remove out the sewage from the porta-potties’ collection tanks regularly. 

With the portable lavatory system, you will have privacy and a commode that is the height of a regular toilet. Because all Brief Relief waste bags are non-toxic and landfill-safe, they’re safe to dispose of in any regular trash can. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

To learn more about how Brief Relief helps both hurricane first responders and the civilians they support, please visit our products page.

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Nurse taking a blood pressure reading from a patient

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]More and more hospitals now offer private duty care to patients who, once discharged from the hospital, need assistance at home. Most patients who need home care are elderly, special needs, injured, or recovering from major surgery. They will need help with taking their medication, caring for their wounds, or monitoring their IV.

Because patients will have limited mobility or may be bedridden, personal care attendants will likely assist with a roster of daily activities, and the bathroom needs of a patient are probably not the most glamorous. Depending on the patient’s needs, the private duty care nurse’s role will involve helping patients to the toilet, assisting them with a bedpan, emptying a drainage bag, or changing diapers.

Because of all the medication patients take, their urine and feces may be infectious or contain toxic medicine residues. Therefore, soiled diapers and bedside containers that collect urine and feces may have traces of infectious microorganisms and may be hazardous to the attending nurse and anyone who lives in the patient’s home.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Why Waste Bags are Safer, More Sanitary, and Easier to Use

Waste bags offer nurses a better waste management solution that is safer and limits the spread of disease. Waste Bag is an industry standard term that stands for ‘Waste Alleviation and Gelling Bag.’ Because of the waste bag’s triple barrier bag and liner design, the bags are odor-free, spill-proof, and puncture-resistant. They’re landfill-safe and can be disposed of in any regular trash receptacle.

Waste bags will convert urine, feces, or vomit thanks to its special blend of polymers and enzymes. Once the wastes are converted into a gel and the bag is closed shut, any bacteria or residual medicine toxins will be sealed in. They will also seal in the odor, keeping the patient’s home smelling cleaner and free of the smell of human waste.

With waste bags, patients don’t need to be assisted or carried to the toilet whenever they need to use the bathroom. They’re also less messy than bedpans. With waste bags, the waste activated gelling works as soon as the waste hits the inside of the bag. With bedpans and drainage bags, there’s a risk of spillage when removing the bedpan, emptying the drainage bag, and transporting the waste to the toilet for disposal.

The Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag was designed for men and women; it has a wide opening with a semi-rigid rim to prevent spills. The Brief Relief Disposa-John handles both liquid and solid waste and contains waste activated gelling.

While Brief Relief waste bags are used for urinary and fecal discharge, they’re also ideal for patients who suffer from nausea and vomiting after surgery. Instead of keeping a pail by the bed to catch vomit, personal caregivers can assist patients in throwing up in a waste bag that will instantly convert the vomit into a deodorized gel. It’s a time-saver as using a bucket requires you to rinse it out with every use to prevent the spread of disease and to keep the smell from lingering.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

To learn more about what Brief Relief can do to transform at-home patient care, please check out our product line.

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Coast Guard being air lifted out of the water

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While the Coast Guard is considered a Military service, it does not fall under the Department of Defense. From responding to oil, biological, chemical, and radiological spills in the marine environment to the search and rescue of both military and civilians at sea, the Coast Guard needs to be prepared at a moment’s notice when they’re called out.

While the Coast Guard’s roles are focused on maritime safety and security, the Coast Guard operates more than just water vessels; they also use aircraft like helicopters, meaning workers may find themselves on a boat or high up in the air when responding to a call.

Coast Guardsman go through rigorous training to prepare for sea and air travel; however, the civilians they rescue do not. The people they save will feel weak and disoriented, mainly if they’ve been out at sea for hours or days. Flying in a chopper or traveling by boat makes even healthy people nauseous; imagine what it will do to someone who has been injured, exhausted, and weakened by an accident or emergency at sea.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

How Waste Bags Help People Who Have Suffered an Ordeal 

By storing waste bags on Coast Guard aircraft, helicopters, and boats, Coast Guardsman will always be prepared to attend to the needs of the people they rescue. Waste Bag is an industry standard term that stands for ‘Waste Alleviation and Gelling’ Bag. 

While waste bags were originally designed for human waste, the bags are just as effective at managing vomit. Rather than vomiting over the side of the boat into the water, waste bags give people a more dignified way of throwing up. It also lessens the chances of someone falling overboard. 

There are also no lavatories in Coast Guard aircraft and helicopters; therefore, a passenger who suffers from air sickness cannot throw up in a sink or toilet onboard. The best solution is to vomit in a waste bag which doesn’t require them to stand up and move about the aircraft. Survivors of rescue operations may be injured or too weak to move about the plane anyway. 

Waste bags work much better than regular barf bags, which are no more than a paper bag with a plastic lining. Unlike waste bags, they’re not spill-proof, odor-free, or puncture-resistant. Brief Relief waste bags use a triple barrier bag for liquid and solid waste, including vomit. They contain a blend of polymers and enzymes which convert wastes into a deodorized gel. Because Brief Relief waste bags are made with non-toxic material, they are landfill-safe and can be disposed of in any regular trash can. 

Brief Relief waste bags should be stored in every Coast Guard watercraft, aircraft, and land vehicles. As mentioned, waste bags were primarily designed to handle liquid and solid wastes; however, because Brief Relief waste bags are made using unique polymers and enzymes and made of durable material, they serve more than one purpose. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

To learn more about how Brief Relief can enhance conditions for passengers rescued by Coast Guards, please visit our shop.

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Plumber coming to work in someone's home

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The irony of being a plumber is that even though you’re at a homeowner’s house fixing a broken toilet flush, you probably won’t be allowed to use that same toilet once you get it working again.

Part of being a plumber is accepting and respecting the client if they have a rule against letting outsiders use their private bathroom. And, even if they don’t have a problem with you using the bathroom, you still might not because the water is turned off, the toilet hasn’t been set up, or the toilet is still broken. As a plumber, you know that running water and plumbing are what make toilets sanitary. It’s probably why you probably avoid porta-potties at all costs.

So, what’s a plumber to do when they’re on the job and nature calls? One option is to stop what you’re doing, tell the client you have to leave for personal reasons, and get into your truck to find the nearest gas station. Another option is to pee next to your truck and risk getting a ticket from the police for indecent exposure or get sued by the homeowner or their neighbors.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

How a Portable Commode and Waste Bags Increase Your Productivity 

Brief Relief offers a solution that is not only portable but sanitary. The Brief Relief Porta-Quick Utility System comes complete with a privacy shelter, portable commode, and supply of waste bags. Waste Bag is an industry standard term that stands for ‘Waste Alleviation and Gelling’ Bag.

When you bring the portable lavatory system with you on a job, there’s no reason to travel to look for a running toilet, hold it in, or risk getting in trouble with the law by urinating where you shouldn’t.

The privacy shelter sets up in a snap and provides complete personal privacy at any worksite. You can easily store it in your truck or trunk. It’s water repellant, fire-retardant, non-conductive and comes with a carry case. For your comfort, the portable commode is the height of a regular toilet. If you want a comfortable toilet seat, the Fliptop seat is a snap-on toilet seat is made of rugged HDPE plastic.

The system comes with a supply of waste bags that contain a unique blend of polymers and enzymes that convert wastes into a deodorized gel, making them odor-free. There’s no mess or fuss as because all of the waste goes into the waste bags for easy disposal at a later time. Because they’re non-toxic and the bags are puncture-resistant, they’re safe to throw away in any regular garbage bag.

As a plumber who makes a living installing and repairing toilets, it may seem strange to use anything else when you need to poop or pee. However, when you’re on the job, and there’s no running toilet available to you, you’ll agree that a portable lavatory system is the best solution.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To find out more about what Brief Relief has to offer workers in unique job environments, please visit our shop.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Close up of fighter pilot in the air

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]All Airmen undergo military training which prepares them for the physical and mental challenges of military life. During their 5-week training, they learn how to push their limits, work in dangerous environments, and survive without the everyday comforts of civilian life. Some of these luxuries include electricity, running water, and working toilets. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

How Portable Lavatory Systems Help Airmen Perform Their Jobs Better

While military aircraft were built to carry many people, they weren’t designed with the same comforts as commercial planes. After all, the purpose of these planes includes rescue, transportation of soldiers into battle, or supply delivery. Don’t expect to find comfortable reclining seats or private lavatories onboard.

Airmen, despite their rigorous training and skills, are still very human and will naturally feel the urge to pee like the rest of us, even while in route. 

Rather than ignore the call of nature or turn the aircraft around just to find a running toilet, Airmen should always find a way to relieve themselves and avoid holding it in. If they don’t, the distraction and discomfort may be enough to keep them from performing their jobs effectively, causing lapses in judgment and loss of focus that could impact the outcome of the mission.

By packing waste bags with the rest of their gear, Airmen have a sanitary bathroom solution within reach. Waste Bag is an industry standard term that stands for ‘Waste Alleviation and Gelling’ Bag. Waste bags are also more effective than regular barf bags.

Because Airmen fly out in all weather conditions, flights may be turbulent and cause passengers and even pilots to feel sick enough to vomit. They are also expected to fly out in a moment’s notice and need to be up in the air despite feeling unwell or right after a big meal, causing them to feel queasy midflight.

Brief Relief waste bags are just as effective at converting urine into a deodorized gel as they are with vomit. Conventional airline vomit bags are nothing more than paper bags with a plastic inner lining. They don’t close securely very well and can still pop open. You can also still hear the vomit sloshing around inside. And, regular barf bags also aren’t great at concealing odors either.      

The Brief Relief Liquid Waste Bag contains a patented blend of polymers and enzymes that convert urine and vomit into a deodorized gel that’s approved for disposal in any garbage container. They are odor-free, puncture-resistant and spill-proof. It’s made with a thick plastic bag that is sturdy and prevents the flow of bacteria. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Brief Relief’s patented bags come with safe chemicals that treat waste. Brief Relief also offers portable commodes and privacy shelters, providing employees with a private bathroom that can easily pop up and be taken down wherever they need it.

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To learn more about Brief Relief products and how we help people perform their jobs better, please visit our shop.

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First responder walking towards the emergency site

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earthquakes can strike without warning and cause widespread devastation within minutes. They cause injuries, fatalities, and destroy residential and commercial structures. And, depending on the level of destruction, hundreds of thousands of people could be without running water and electricity. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has been responding to disasters in the U.S., such as earthquakes, since its inception more than 40 years ago.

When disaster strikes, first responders need to act quickly. They need to plan the delivery of first aid supplies, water, and medicine. Displaced residents need resources and guidance to shelters. FEMA will also coordinate with the Red Cross to assess the allocation of supplies and medicine for survivors with immediate needs.

Earthquake responders work around the clock to ensure all those impacted get the relief they need to prepare for long-term recovery. Logistical bottlenecks keep them from responding quickly, making response efforts go on for days or weeks.

At some point, FEMA and Red Cross workers also need to respond to their own biological needs, which means finding a bathroom to relieve themselves. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Packing Waste Bags Means First Responders Always Have a Bathroom In Their Back Pocket

Brief Relief knows all about the demands and working conditions of emergency responders. The urge to pee or poop can happen anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of delivering relief goods or transporting residents from their homes to a shelter, you shouldn’t ignore the need to go to the bathroom for long.

First responders may find themselves in areas where the water and electricity are shut off, making the nearest toilets unusable and challenging to locate in the dark. More so, the earthquake may have even damaged buildings entirely, leaving them unsafe to enter.

With Brief Relief waste bags, first responders will always have a sanitary bathroom solution within reach. Waste Bag is an industry standard term that stands for ‘Waste Alleviation and Gelling’ Bag. The Disposa-John waste bag has a triple-layer barrier bag design that contains a patented blend of polymers and enzymes that convert liquid and solid wastes into a deodorized gel.

All Brief Relief waste bags come with toilet paper and antimicrobial wipes for added hygiene. They’re puncture-resistant, odor-free, and spill-proof, making them ideal for packing with the rest of your gear. You can throw them away in a normal trash receptacle because they’re non-toxic and landfill-safe; however, since it will be challenging to find a disposal site, the waste bags are also impact-resistant and sturdy enough to pack out in your bag. You don’t have to worry about the waste bag popping open and spilling its contents. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Brief Relief’s patented bags come with safe chemicals that treat waste. Brief Relief also offers portable commodes and privacy shelters, providing employees with a private bathroom that can easily pop up and be taken down wherever they need it.

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Our communities’ heroes have enough to worry about; finding a clean bathroom solution while on the job shouldn’t be something to stress about. Check out Brief Relief’s line of products to learn more about how we help first responders do their jobs better.

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Close up of helicopter pilot flying

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Imagine getting a bird’s eye view of the New York skyline, Grand Canyon, the Sydney Opera House, or Victoria Falls.

There’s something magical about helicopter rides. They give passengers a spectacular view of the city or the countryside, allowing people to take in all the scenery and gain a unique perspective that you would never get on the ground.

But while helicopter rides can be a lot of fun, many people may not realize how different they are from commercial airplane flights. First of all, landing and take-off aren’t as smooth. In fact, many compare helicopter rides to roller coaster rides with their ups and downs, swooping motions, and vibrations.

Because of the sudden altitude changes on helicopter rides, many people experience motion sickness. Disorientation and nausea can hit passengers suddenly. And before you know it, a guest on your helicopter looks like their stomach is lurching and they keep swallowing as their mouth fills with saliva.

At this point, you know its time only a matter of time before they throw up. The smell of vomit is the last thing you want to fill the small, confined space of the inside of a helicopter, mainly if there are other passengers onboard. The pungent odor of puke is enough to create a chain reaction and lead others to feel sick, even those who aren’t prone to motion sickness.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Portable Waste Bag vs. Traditional Barf Bag

As the owner or pilot of the helicopter, you may think that an airsickness bag like the ones they provide commercial airline passengers is enough. However, the problem with conventional vomit bags is that they’re nothing more than a plastic-lined bag.

They don’t give you peace of mind as the only way to close them is by folding the opening down. Because the bags are made of plastic, paper, or card, they’re not puncture-resistant or leak-proof. You can even hear the vomit sloshing around in the bag, making anyone nervous that the contents could easily spill out.

Also, puking into a traditional motion sickness bag doesn’t eliminate the smell. The awful smell of vomit still lingers, potentially triggering sickness in the other passengers.

By bringing wag bags on every flight, you have a better solution for passengers who struggle with airsickness. WAG Bag is an industry standard term that stands for ‘Waste Alleviation and Gelling’ Bag.

Brief Relief wag bags were designed to convert wastes into a deodorized gel, including vomit. The Disposa-John contains a polymer component that immediately contains and encapsulates the vomit. You don’t have to worry about the disgusting smell or the sound of vomit slopping around in a flimsy bag.

Unlike an ordinary barf bag, the Disposa-John has a triple barrier bag and liner that seals completely shut; it’s sturdy and spill-proof. Brief Relief waste bags have even survived drop tests from heights that would burst a conventional barf bag open on impact.

Because all Brief Relief wag bags are made from non-toxic materials, they’re landfill-safe and can be thrown away in any trash receptacle.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Check out our Portable Waste Bags and find out why you should never take a flight without them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Workers installing solar panels

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Life as a solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installer can be physically demanding as it involves carrying power tools and solar panels and multiple trips up and down a ladder to reach the roof. Because finding optimal placement is critical, it also typically means working on a hot, sunny day.

The job involves ensuring efficient installation and electrical configuration by measuring, cutting, assembling, installing, and maintaining solar modules following codes and standards. Therefore, work as a solar installer could mean long days.

At some point, nature will call, and you will have to make another trip down the ladder. But what if the homeowner says you can’t use their facilities for personal reasons or the nearest bathroom at a gas station is a drive away?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

The Benefits of Bringing a Portable Lavatory System on the Job

Solar PV installers typically work as part of a team; when one member has to stop work to go to the bathroom, the whole team may have to pause and wait for them to do their business. If the nearest running toilet is a walk or a drive away, this means no work gets done until that person returns.

Now imagine if this happens each time someone on the team needs to pee or poop. Do the math, and you’ll discover how much time and money you’re losing to bathroom breaks because workers have to travel so far to find a running toilet.

By keeping a portable lavatory system in your truck, your crew will always have a restroom at hand. With the Brief Relief Lavatory System, your team has a privacy shelter, a commode, and a supply of portable Waste Bags.

Knowing you don’t have to not only climb down from the roof but leave the job site just to find the nearest bathroom allows your team to concentrate on the job, increasing productivity, and minimizing downtime.

Having a portable bathroom system on hand also helps eliminate any legal issues created by someone on your team who relieves themselves where they shouldn’t. A member of your group may think no one’s looking when they sneak into the homeowner’s backyard and urinates in a corner. All it takes is a call to the authorities from a neighbor who happens to be looking out the window at that exact moment.

When you bring your own bathroom solution, there’s no need to ask the homeowner if you can use their facilities and no need to leave the site to find the nearest bathroom. And there’s absolutely no need to pee or defecate on the client’s property and put your company’s reputation at risk.

The privacy shelter sets up in a snap. When you need to go, line the commode with a Disposa-John Waste Bag and do your business as you normally would. Once you’re done, remove the waste bag and seal it closed. Because all Brief Relief Waste Bags feature a triple bag design and are made of non-toxic materials, they’re leak-proof, puncture-resistant, and safe enough to throw away in any regular trash can.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Check out our Portable Lavatory Systems to find out how Brief Relief Lavatory Systems help your solar PV crew time and money.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]