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Disasters strike, often without warning, and never when it’s convenient. Whether it’s a natural disaster, such as a tornado, wind storm, hail storm, flooding, or lighting strike, or an emergency situation, such as a house fire, burst pipes, a roof leak, or a flooded basement, having a plan in place will allow you to react quickly and minimize the stress.
Your first step should be to develop disaster plans for each type of potential disaster. You should include places you could go if your home is no longer inhabitable and how to contact other members of the family if you are separated. You’ll also want to create a disaster emergency kit. Your kit should include clothing, pillows and blankets, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, a can opener, utensils, candles, toiletries, and a first-aid kit. If you have a pet, don’t forget to include pet food. A good rule of thumb is to have enough supplies for each family member for three days.
Depending on the situation, you may be away from home when disaster strikes and not have immediate access to your home. Or, you may need to vacate your home in a hurry. For this reason, having an emergency kit at another location is a smart idea. A self storage unit is an ideal place for keeping a second emergency kit. You can access your storage unit any time, day or night. In addition to the items listed above, you should also include photocopies of important documents, such as home insurance documents, health insurance documents, and important phone numbers, as well as spare home and car keys in your emergency kit.
Once you’ve made a plan to ensure your immediate personal safety during a disaster, you should plan for what to do to protect your valuable possessions. If your basement floods, your roof leaks, or there is a fire in your home, these valuables could be damaged or destroyed. Storing these items in a self storage unit will get them out of the disaster site quickly and offer you unlimited access to the items. If an emergency has already occurred, you may need to remove valuable items from your home while you make repairs or rebuild. Again, a self storage unit is ideal. With month to month leases, you can rent the unit for as long as you need, whether it is for a month or indefinitely.
AAA Self Storage of Topeka offers a variety of storage unit sizes, including climate control, to meet any needs. Our facility has 24-hour video surveillance cameras, a passcode protected entry gate, and is well lit for your safety while on the property.
While you hope you never need it, knowing that you are prepared for any type of disaster and that your possessions are protected will help you remain calm if a disaster does strike.