How can a storage renter prepare their belongings for an emergency evacuation?

How can a storage renter prepare their belongings for an emergency evacuation?

Renting a storage unit is meant for convenience but is also intended to keep your valuables safe and secure. It is also common for individuals to set up an emergency storage unit full of supplies to act as a kit in case of an emergency. This could be canned food, first aid kits, backpacks and many other items that would serve as a benefit during an evacuation from their actual home. But what happens to the renter’s valuables inside the storage unit when an emergency evacuation occurs? Should the storage renter remove their items of value from the unit? Is it safer to just leave their belongings in storage during this unprecedented time? We talk about how a renter can prepare for such an event below.

Have a Backup Plan At Home

Having a backup plan long before an emergency occurs at home is the first step any individual must take. One can prepare by having two forms of emergency food supply kits both in the house and at the storage unit. This will act as a backup plan in case either location requires an evacuation on its own. When it comes to one’s personal belongings, it is best to keep those items in a storage unit rather than at home. If a natural disaster occurs, for example, your home is more susceptible to flooding, catching on fire or demolishing.

Package and Keep Items Off Floor

Before storing any valuables away in the unit, make sure you pack each item accordingly. Keep in mind that using plastic bins over cardboard boxes will lessen the chance of the items getting wet or spilled out during a flood. Keep items off the unit’s floor if possible by using storage racks. This will give you ample space to walk around if needed.

Always Choose Climate-Controlled Units

Renters will want to always choose a climate-controlled unit to keep the utmost safety for their belongings during an emergency evacuation. With this being said, a climate-controlled unit will act as a shelter in itself compared to using a non-climate storage unit or keeping the belongings at home. Climate-controlled units are just as the name suggests, a temperature-controlled unit that keeps your belongings safe year-round. They are built to withstand weather conditions such as humidity and are sturdy enough to keep the unit’s door shut and secured.

Consider Drive-Up Storage

During an emergency, your biggest concern should be yourself and your own safety before any personal belongings. You should first yield to the nearest safety zone away from any danger. Should you want to quickly access any items, consider a drive-up unit for easy unloading purposes.

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