March 8, 2016

Storage Tips for Emergency Preparedness

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If an unexpected disaster occurs are you prepared? Natural disasters can occur in various forms and at any time. While you cannot predict everything, there are measures that can minimize the damage that incurs. We have five storage tips to help prepare you and your storage unit in case of disaster.

  • Have a protection plan for your storage unit
    • Our facility offers a protection plan that is designed to cover financial losses of items damaged in natural disasters. Plans can be purchased at our office and can be added into your monthly rent. Do not assume the property‚Äôs insurance covers your goods, you are responsible for the protection of your stored goods. For information on protection for your stored goods, please see store manager.

 

  • Remove any snow removal equipment out of your unit
    • Take shovels, snow blowers, and any other supplies to your residence before the storm starts. You will want to have them with you before the snow accumulates.

 

  • Line the floor of the unit
    • Place a dust cover or tarp on the floor of your unit before putting items into your unit. This protects them from any incidental damage and creates a barrier between the concrete floor and your items.

 

  • Prepare any temperature sensitive items in your unit appropriately-or rent a temperature controlled unit- in case of extreme low or high temperatures or blizzards
    • Any type of item made from leather, wood, rubber, or metal can be damaged from extreme temperatures. Electronics, documents, and artwork should also be stored in temperature controlled units.

 

  • Keep any important documents with you
    • Documents such as birth certificates, passports, identification cards or anything that needs to be easily accessible should be kept with you or in safe in your residence.

Being prepared minimizes the possible damage that can occur. If you need more tips or information for how to store in your unit, please stop by the office or see our other blogs.

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(sources: ready.gov)


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Katie Mest

About the Author: Katie Mest is an SEO Specialist at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She specializes in writing about the self storage industry, including storage tips and helpful resources. Outside of work, Katie enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with her newly adopted Greyhound rescue, Titan.