Preparing Your Unit For a Storm
Published on 5/24/2023
Natural disasters happen and we can
only do so much to control the damage. However, we can do our best to protect
our belongings before the storm starts. Below are 4 tips on preparing your
storage unit before a storm.
Insurance is one of those things that most of us don’t worry about. We
usually think that nothing bad will happen to us and we don’t need it.
However, especially if you are storing your belongings in an area with
frequent natural disasters it is important to make sure your items are
covered. Some facilities require insurance, but if they don’t your
personal insurance company can likely help you. This is a great
preventative tool that can save you the financial strife of purchasing all
new items in case of a hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster.
- Store items on top of pallets. If it is possible, when you move into your storage
unit try to store things on top of pallets with a tarp underneath. The
tarp protects the floor from scratches and the pallets protect your items
from water damage in case of a flood or hurricane. You can usually get
pallets for free or extremely cost effectively from local shipping
companies or other facilities. Remember to always check with the owner or
manager of the facility to make sure this is in compliance with their
- Check your unit before the storm starts. When you are aware that a storm is coming if it is
still safe to do so, you should go to your unit and get anything extremely
important out of it. For example, if you know you have stored birth
certificates, or social security cards you should retrieve them before the
storm. You should also check that the door is securely locked and things
are as far off of the floor as possible.
- Check your unit after the storm. You should go to your
unit and check on your items as soon as (safely) possible after the storm
or disaster. This can prevent unnecessary damage caused by water or other
potentially damaging materials. Another reason to check as soon as you can
is because if it is necessary to file an insurance claim you want to take
prudent measures and get the claim filed as soon as possible. Many
insurance companies will not accept a claim if you did not do everything
you could to minimize damage. For example, if there was a flood and you
went to your storage unit 3 weeks later and found mold the claim may not
be covered. However, if you go the first day it is safe to do so and take
preventative measures you will be more likely to have your claim
While these suggestions may not
fully protect your items from a natural disaster they will certainly help. It’s
always better “to be safe than sorry”!