3 Tips for Hurricane Preparedness

How did Dorian treat you? For all the technology we now use to track hurricanes, it is difficult to predict how a severe storm will affect your home. Because Hampton Roads has a diverse landscape, some people will fare better than others in terms of property loss or damage. Year after year, though, we know to be prepared.

If you use self-storage in Norfolk to keep low-priority and/or valuable belongings, you’ve taken a good first step toward protecting what you own. When a hurricane or tropical storm warning alerts your neighborhood, you may have enough time or room to add things to your storage unit. If not, there are a few actions you can take to help you return to normal after the storm fades.

Check your paperwork. Access your insurance policies and note what each one covers as far as damage to your home or car. Know which numbers to call after the hurricane if you need to make any claims. Keep everything in a secure place if/when you need them.

Take pictures. Whether you need to evacuate or plan to ride out the wind and rain, you should have a pictorial record of your home. Flatscreens, large furniture, jewelry, artwork, appliances …take pictures of everything in the event any of your possessions is damaged or lost. If you need to file a claim, the photos will give your insurance company an idea of what to cover.

Improvise home storage. If you’re not able to get to your storage unit, or if it’s at capacity, you can find alternative methods for safe-keeping at home. Photo albums and other flat items can stay in the bottom rack of a clean, dry dishwasher. You can also wrap valuables in towels and place them in the drum of your washing machine. Just don’t forget where you’ve put everything!

Self-storage provides secure, climate-controlled space any time of year. For items that need special care and protection from extreme weather, a Norfolk storage unit is well worth the investment. At Tidewater Drive Storage Center, we are happy to assist you with the right solution for your needs. Contact us today to learn more.