Mother Nature can be very strong and extremely destructive at times. We have absolutely no control over these acts of God. The forces are incredibly strong, very destructive, and largely unpredictable. All that we can do if one happens to come our way is do whatever we can to stay safe, and then pick up the pieces that are left behind.
Many members of the self storage industry have made it a practice to help those in need after an acts of God pass by and cause damage. Often times many self storage facilities end up offering free use of a self storage unit for a period of time so families can protect whatever was not damaged while they work to salvage whatever has been.
A prime example of when the kindness of the self storage industry will shine is in Colorado. Once the wildfires that are blazing are contained there will likely be many folks that are in need of help. From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning the size of the fire practically doubled to 24 square miles. So far 32,000 people have had to evacuate including those in residence at the Air Force Academy.
"It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine," Gov. John Hickenlooper said after flying over the 9-square-mile fire late Tuesday. "It's almost surreal. You look at that, and it's like nothing I've seen before."
Many homes have been destroyed and with the fire still out of control it would not be surprising if more were to be damaged. Some self storage companies, like the Secure Self Storage facilities in and around Colorado Springs, have already announced that they will be offering self storage units to victims of the wild fires for 30 days free of charge and without any questions being asked.
"These intense wildfires are causing tremendous amounts of damage throughout our state. Thousands of Colorado residents have been forced to evacuate their homes, as this is being declared the worst wildfire season in a decade," said an executive from one self storage company. "I hope this effort will help provide assistance to families across Colorado that need support. We will do our best to help our friends and neighbors in this time of need.”
It would not be surprising to see more self storage companies offer assistance as the fires get more under control.
“Colorado blaze devours houses, chars land on Air Force Academy.” FoxNews.com; 27 June 2012.
“WALDO CANYON FIRE: Offers for help pouring in.” Gazette.com; 24 June 2012.
“U-Haul Offering 30 Days of Free Storage and U-Box Pods for Moving and Storage to Colorado Wildfire Victims.” PRNewswire; 27 June 2012.