Prepare Your Home for Disaster-Related Storage

Disaster preparation encompasses a wide range of resources and precautions. The most basic recommendations suggest food and water storage plus emergency cash, while more specialized preparation strategies tend to discuss things like the 16 uses of pine sap for wilderness survival. You can also get a sense for where you fall along this spectrum of preparedness by taking this quiz from National Geographic to determine your “Doomsday Prepper” score.

That said, there is one thing common to pretty much all disaster preparation: You want your emergency supplies to be close at hand. You need disaster storage. Under normal circumstances, for example, Closetbox offers on-demand return delivery within 24 hours. But if the local authorities shutdown the highway system and tell all non-emergency personnel to shelter-in-place…well, let’s just say as proud as we are of concierge storage model, we’re not a substitute for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

What role, then, can we play for your disaster preparation storage? Simply put, you may not currently have a lot of spare room for your disaster preparation supplies. Likewise, being prepared for the worst shouldn’t have to mean you live in a space that is overrun with clutter and household belongings that you don’t use on an everyday basis.

 

How Disaster Preparation and Home Storage may Intersect

  • Beach Homes and Hurricane Prep: The golden rule of disaster preparation is to pretend a storm is coming tomorrow. Don’t wait to start preparing. Again, the first step is often to designate and prepare a space to hold your survival supplies. Consider, too, the beach-style bungalow is on the short list of many people’s dream homes. Yet, these floor designs rarely allow for excess storage. For this reason alone, convenient and cost-effective storage solutions are often crucial for those who live near the beach.
  • Attics and Flood Prep: It doesn’t apply to everyone, but if you live in a flood zone, the attic may become your life boat one day. Among the things to consider for flood preparation and attic storage are “raft and oars, crowbar to escape the attic, raft repair kit, air pump, and life vests,” among a few other basic essentials. That said, the most important thing to store in the attic is the same as the danger itself: Whether it’s sewage water or river water, a secure supply of potable water is a must for flood preparation.
  • Basements, Cellars and Tornado Prep: Because the average duration of a tornado is only about 10 minutes, it’s easy to think that you don’t need that many supplies for tornado preparation. Yet, serious tornado events have an aftermath that can severely limit resources. For this reason, tornado survival checklists tend to be longer than most people imagine. As it is, basements and cellars tend to be great for more specialized storage. Store your fine wine collection and tornado prep supplies in these subterranean spaces, while putting your household items that are more vulnerable to mold and pests into one of our secure storage units. 
  • Home Generator Installation: There are several different types of natural and manmade threats that have the potential to knock out electrical power for an extended period of time. A home generator is a great way to ensure that you can continue to use a handful of essential home appliances. But don’t underestimate the space requirements, which include not just the unit, but the space around the unit. Some home generators require as much as 3-5 ft of space on all sides of the unit for adequate ventilation.

Prepare for the next disaster without uprooting your present day-to-day life. Talk to Closetbox about your overflow home storage.