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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]

Assessing Tsunami Risk to Property at Home and in Storage

by Tony Gonzalez January 5, 2010 3:28 AM
Thanks to researchers Costas Synolakis, Jose Borrero, and Aggeliki Barberopoulou, of the University of Southern California's Tsunami Research Center, Californians can now go online to assess their risk of inundation by a tsunami at home, at work, or at their self-storage facility. The risk assessment tool has been added to the California Emergency Management Agency's MyHazards website. It is also possible to view the tsunami risk maps by county at the California Department of Conservation website....

Business owners can also use the website to assess the risk to their businesses -- and self-storage owners can assess the risk to the property left by tenants in storage units. For example, a search of the addresses for Extra Space's San Diego facilities shows that none of them lie within an area that is likely to experience tsunami-related flooding. Property owners who are very concerned about risk to valuable items or family heirlooms may want to compare the risk levels at their homes and at nearby self-storage facilities, to see which site is the most secure. [More]