Hurricane Storage Tips
We live in a hurricane area. Having a hurricane survival plan is important. Hurricane Storage can be a part of that plan. Check out our Hurricane Storage Tips for creating a hurricane survival plan that matches your individual needs.
It is a good idea to designate a family member or friend to check in with. Selecting a person outside your local area can be a good idea. Once telephone or internet connections are restored, you can contact this person to find out who else has checked in. Pre-selecting a place and time to meet locally after a storm is also a good idea.
Locate the nearby hurricane shelters so you will know where to go should you need to evacuate your home. If you will be staying in your home, know in advance which room will be the safest. A good choice for this room would be an interior room without any windows. Put your hurricane supplies in that room so they will be readily available. A practice run will help you be ready for when a storm hits. This is especially true if you have children. This is kind of like the fire drills they do at the schools so everyone knows what to do and where to go can help them feel safer and avoid panic. The Estero Recreation Center on Corkscrew Palms off of Corkscrew Road is one nearby emergency shelter.
It is a good idea to have your hurricane survival kit ready at the beginning of hurricane season. The season runs from June 1st until November 30th. It is suggested that you have a three day supply of food, water, clothing and medicines. Be sure to have pet supplies if you have pets. Your vet may have ideas on where to shelter you pets if they are not allowed to stay at the hotel or hurricane shelter you plan to go to. A number of our customers store their hurricane supplies in their storage unit. They also store hurricane shutters with us. This can keep everything all in one place and ready when you need it.
Secure Loose Items
Check the area around your property. Secure any loose items that could become projectiles in a high wind. Many of our customers put their patio furniture and other outside objects into our self storage facility. If you don't put these things into storage, bring them inside your home or garage to keep them from flying around and causing more damage in a storm. Fruit and loose limbs should be removed from trees. Hurricane shutters can help secure your home. If you do not have shutters, you may want to move some of your more valuable items into storage.
Business Survival Plan
Making a business survival plan is important. Decide ahead of time who will install the hurricane shutters and know where they are kept and installed. Backing up your computer files should be done on a regular basis. Keep copies in a safe deposit box or at least off site. Before the storm secure all loose objects that could become projectiles. If you are concerned about flooding or how secure your business is, you may want to move the most important items into storage. Some customers keep their hurricane panels and supplies stored with us. Once they move the hurricane panels to their business, they can then move their important items into their storage space until the storm passes. Let us know if we can help you make a business survival plan.
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