Thousands of people on the East Coast are still homeless or without out power after being caught in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and another powerful nor’easter storm has just hit New York and New Jersey. This hampered clean up and restoration efforts as well as caused more blackouts, and ultimately lengthened the amount of time before power and heat become readily available. While people are struggling to cope with property damage, storage units can be a great asset to protect valuables while security becomes even more of an issue.
If you are in an area being threatened by a natural disaster, and are lucky enough to have ample warning, consider taking some of your most valuable items and placing them in self-storage until the threat passes. Make sure that the storage facility is located out of the immediate danger area so that your efforts aren’t for naught. If you aren’t sure what to move to a safer location, think about what would be the hardest to replace. Furniture, unless it is a family heirloom, can be replaced and is often covered by insurance. Rather, focus on moving birth certificates, passports, and other important documents along with any electronics that might hold valuable information. Another good idea is to store extra clothing (especially warm outdoor clothing) and emergency supplies since you may not be able to easily get to your home.
The Benefits of a Self-Storage Unit
Now, taking the time, money, and energy to load up your valuables and move them to a storage unit may seem like an extreme measure, but there are a number of benefits to be gained from this practice.
- Dealing with Insurance: getting to and from homes has proved to be impossible in many parts of New York and New Jersey due to debris and washed out roads. With your valuables and documents stored away from home, you can still access all of your information that your insurance might require if you have secured it elsewhere.
- Minimizing Downtime: having your home be uninhabitable brings along a host of new problems if you are someone who works from home. Not only can you lose important client or work information, but getting your home restored is synonymous with getting your business back on track. If you managed to save, or back up, what you need in a storage unit you will be able to keep working before your home is back to normal.
- Peace of Mind: possibly the biggest benefit is being at ease with at least one aspect of your otherwise overturned life. Knowing that you have been able to save difficult or impossible to replace items is a major relief when you’ve suffered major property damage.
A Sudden Disaster
It’s not always possible to prepare for a natural disaster, but self-storage can still be helpful. After you have secured your home and persons, use a storage facility to keep large pieces of furniture, documents, and other items that you don’t want in the home while you go about restoration. Or if you are going to be away from home for a while, keeping your valuables secure elsewhere is recommended since burglaries increase after Mother Nature leaves an area in disarray.
If possible, using a self-storage unit to secure your belongings when a natural disaster is imminent can save you a lot of headaches in the long run by getting you back on your feet faster.