Contributing Editors

SpareFoot Creates Storage Industry Disaster Relief Fund

by Winnie Hsiu April 30, 2014 8:47 PM
Sunday, a rash of tornadoes hit the Midwest and the South. Monday, a fresh flurry of deadly twisters raged though the same region. The extreme weather system also brought severe thunderstorms, hail, and flash floods.

Homes were ripped from their foundations. Vehicles were tossed about like toy Matchbook cars. Residents of Little Rock re-lived a nearly identical experience from the twister in April of 2011 that took almost the exact same route. [More]

Self Storage Company Helps Communities Hit by Tornadoes

by John Stevens April 6, 2012 4:42 PM
Tornadoes are dangerous things. They come out of literally nowhere, with winds often around 100 miles per hour, but sometimes as high as 300. Needless to say when they do come they tend to leave a path of destruction in their wake.Victims of that destruction often have a hard time dealing with the loss. Homes are often destroyed or damaged and cars turned upside down and tossed about. With the size that they can attain (as much as two miles across) and the suddenness in which they appear people are essentially helpless. [More]

Self Storage Company Helps Mississippi Residents Affected by Tornadoes

by Winnie Hsiu January 5, 2011 9:21 AM
There are many things in life that we can plan for. Ideally would all have money in the bank for rainy day or in case we lose our jobs. People generally keep some food on hand at home so that they don’t run out. Beyond daily essentials like that we also try to plan for emergencies, i.e. in case there is a snow storm and your heat gets knocked out or if a rain storm knocks out your power killing your lights. [More]

Texas Self Storage Business Survives Loss of Roof to Microburst

by Winnie Hsiu August 25, 2010 5:40 PM
At this time of the year, we hear a lot about tornadoes in the news. But this Monday, a Sherman, Texas self storage facility was hit by a different, but potentially just as devastating, kind of wind that can also come from a severe thunderstorm -- a microburst, which is a kind of downdraft. A-American Self-Storage lost the top layer of the roof off one of its five rows of self storage units to high winds from a microburst. Fortunately, A-American’s roof is well made. The lower layers of the roof held steady, and tenants later reported that only a few light sprinkles of water, at worst, were able to penetrate the damaged roof during the remainder of the storm. [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]