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Self-Storage Emergency Preparedness

Admin | May 15, 2020

Nobody knows when the next natural disaster will strike, which is why it's important to practice prepping strategies to keep your family supplied with whatever they'll need. Many people struggle during these emergency situations because they don't have access to a self-storage unit loaded with important tools, equipment, and emergency supplies. 

We're here to help you figure out how to get the right storage unit and transform it into a valuable cache you can utilize during emergencies.

Stay Informed to Protect Yourself

Knowing how to react during an emergency situation can literally mean the difference between comfortable survival and uncertain times for you and your family. That's why it's essential to stay informed about what's going on in your community and what your state and local government officials recommend for your situation. 

If you live in Arroyo Grande and surrounding areas you can get local advice and helpful information here on the government website. The California government website is another helpful resource, and so is the FEMA site. 

What To Store for a Natural Disaster

One of the most difficult steps to complete when prepping for natural disasters is deciding just what to store in your emergency cache. You need a bunch of supplies during deadly emergencies, so which ones should you choose. 

We think it's best to focus on items for your immediate survival regardless of the situation. Below are leading suggestions to consider for your space and your stockpile at home. 

Things you need most:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Medical Supplies
  • Sanitization Tools
  • Survival Gear

Food and water are the two most important supplies, which is why we strongly recommend keeping most of these items at home if you can. During your food prep and storage efforts, you should stash away non-perishable food items in a closet, basement, or side room in your home -- never in a storage unit (you can thank pests and rodents for that). 

Try to stockpile a month or more of food if you can. Also store containers of water as well as purification tablets, bleach, or iodine. A water filter is a good thing to have as well. Avoid storing food in your storage unit, and only store overflow water in storage or water sterilization equipment. These life-saving items should be at your home where you'll need them most. 

You can keep medical supplies in storage. It's best to keep a small life-saving first-aid kit at home and to use your storage in Arroyo Grande to hold spare bandages, ointments, medications, and other items you don't have room for at home. 

To prepare for serious infections and viral outbreaks such as the COVID19 epidemic it's important to stockpile bleach, sanitizing wipes, isopropyl alcohol, paper products, gloves, masks, and other protective equipment to help with storage sanitization and social distancing efforts.

It's best to stock up on these supplies before epidemic conditions when supplies are plentiful and more affordable to obtain when possible. Treat your storage as a failsafe that will keep you going after you burn through your immediate supplies at home. 

Survival Gear

You should consider other live-saving survival gear for your storage unit as well. Things like a flint and steel or Ferro rod for starting a fire, a tent for shelter, a cast iron pot for cooking, and a radio for communication. 

You can add in a gun cleaning kit, a knife or multitool, cordage, and other outdoor items you would need if you had to evacuate your home. By keeping these emergency preparedness ideas in mind you'll have a better idea about how to maximize your Rock Safe Self-Storage facility to be prepared for emergencies when they arise.