These days, it seems like every time we turn on the news there is a new natural disaster occurring. From wildfires to hurricanes, these catastrophic events can often happen without warning, leaving residents scrambling to protect their family and their property. Planning ahead of time in case of an emergency is key to mitigating stress if and when you need to act. By making sure your valuables, important documents, and larger items are safe and secure in advance, you can focus on protecting what matters in a disaster; your loved ones. Here’s how self storage can help you prepare for the worst.
1. Important Documents
In the event of an emergency, passports, birth certificates, and ID cards can often be the least of your concerns. However, during and after the event, these documents are essential when it comes to making sure your family can travel to safety or get medical help if needed. We recommend having copies of every important document made for each member of your family, and keeping these copies in a drive-up storage units near me for safekeeping and easy access. Some additional documents you may want to make copies of include the deed to your property, a detailed medical history, social security cards, and insurance information. Keep the originals safe and organized in a waterproof document holder so you can grab them if you need to go. Additionally, you may want to consider making copies of intrinsically valuable items, such as family photos and wedding albums to keep your memories secure in a climate-controlled storage unit.
2. Valuables & Larger Items
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You may want to consider using self-storage for heirloom jewelry, paintings, and other high ticket items that are not being used daily. In the case of an evacuation, you may not be able to return to your home for days or even weeks. By storing them in advance, you can rest easy knowing they are secured and protected from the environment and any ill-intentioned people who may try to take advantage of the situation. For larger items that you will not be able to take with you, using self-storage to secure and protect them can give you valuable peace of mind during an emergency.
3. Backup Supplies & Go Bags
We’ve all seen the videos of empty store shelves as residents prepare for a potential disaster. The first things to go are often things that we rarely think about until we need them. Flashlights, batteries, and first-aid kits are essential to keeping you and your family safe and comfortable during an emergency. By keeping back-ups of these items in a storage unit, you can ensure you have what you need when you need it, and avoid last-minute panic and potentially empty shelves. Additionally, you may want to consider packing a ‘go bag’ for each member of the family. Each bag should contain a change of clothes, a water container, a flashlight, and any other items you may need if you are unable to get to your house. Sit down as a family and make a list of what you would like to include. Keep the bags in a storage unit for easy access.
Source: Proguard Team self storage locations
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