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Self Storage Owner Helps Out Tornado Victims

by Holly Robinson March 6, 2012 3:41 PM
Last Friday, around 100 tornadoes ripped through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. Like tornadoes normally do, this one left a trail of damage and chaos. Homes crumpled. Windows shattered. Debris, broken lumber, twisted metal, mangled cars, shredded clothing, fallen trees, and downed power poles fill the area. Utility workers worked feverishly to supply power to area. [More]

As Spring Tornadoes Tear Apart Businesses, Self Storage Should Be Prepared

by John Stevens June 6, 2011 7:37 AM
As an F-5 tornado began to form near Joplin, Mo., around dinner time on Sunday, May, 22, the tornado sirens went off only 20 minutes before the tornado hit. The three-quarter-mile-wide tornado left 141 dead, cut a six-mile swath crushing nearly a third of the southwest Missouri city, and pounded 2,000 buildings, self storage facilities among them. Within a matter of seconds, your self storage facility could be without power, phones, cell service and the Internet. And the threat of catastrophic damage to the building is extreme. Tornadoes have battered the country this spring, killing more than 500 people, mostly in the south. Twisters have even struck in Michigan, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Experts warn businesses to be prepared for when nature strikes. [More]

Self Storage Businesses Find Ways to Help Victims of Southern U.S. Storms

by John Stevens May 11, 2011 7:11 AM
Many businesses, self storage among them, are stepping up to help victims of the widespread, destructive tornadoes that ripped through the south recently. There are so many people affected over such a widespread area, these donations will potentially impact thousands of people in several states. Gracious acts of charity by businesses are much-appreciated by those affected and gives the businesses some well-deserved public recognition. [More]

When a Community is in Need, Self Storage Businesses Wisely Lend a Helping Hand

by John Stevens March 28, 2011 12:53 PM
When Mother Nature strikes, the impact can be disastrous and life altering. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis can wreak immeasurable hardship and pain, including lost homes, businesses and even lost lives. We need only to look at Japan to be reminded of this. Sometimes businesses step up and support those dealing with the repercussions of a natural disaster. Self Storage businesses often offer assistance, making perfect places to collect goods and food for those affected. [More]

Storing Emergency Supplies -- How Can You Prepare for Flash Floods?

by John Stevens July 23, 2010 10:01 PM
Summer thunderstorm season has hit -- with a vengeance. Severe storms, possible tornadoes, and more flash floods are predicted to hit the Milwaukee and Flagstaff areas again this evening, as well as Ann Arbor, Michigan and Des Moines, Iowa. St. Louis and Hannibal, Missouri are still recovering from flash flooding earlier this week. The Mississippi River is said to be at a “minor flood stage” in the St. Louis region. How can residents prepare for more storms and flooding? [More]

Hold Off on Salvaging and Storing Belongings from Homes Destroyed by MN Tornadoes

by Tony Gonzalez June 18, 2010 7:59 PM
Minnesota residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by yesterday’s tornadoes may be eager to start the process of cleaning up, repairing, rebuilding, or in some cases, starting over. Some might like to go through their homes in order to salvage and store whatever possessions they can in self storage facilities, hopefully before tornado-damaged roofs begin to leak and water damage sets in. But officials say that it is not safe to begin the cleanup and recovery process yet. [More]
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