If you believe in being prepared and prefer to have a stockpile of emergency food, water, and other necessary items in case of a natural disaster, finding a place to store those items in sufficient amounts for each member of your family can be very challenging. Fortunately, you are likely to find that a self-storage facility is an ideal option, especially if you rent a climate controlled space. Therefore, it will be very helpful to ask the following questions when deciding where your emergency supplies should be stored.
#1-Will You Be Allowed to Spray for Bugs Before Moving Your Items into the Unit?
Since you will be storing food and other essential items in the unit for an indefinite period of time, it is best to start off with the most hygienic space possible. Therefore, it will behoove you to set off an appropriately sized bug bomb or to use another type of insecticide to prevent an infestation of pests.
However, you should be sure to allow sufficient time after the treatment for the smell to completely dissipate before cleaning the area. You will also need to inspect all of your food products to make sure there are no rips or tears that could invite the pests to return.
#2-Are There Any Rules Against the Storage of Food?
Although it may be more common for people to rent a self-storage unit to hold holiday decorations and sporting equipment, you will not be the first person to use your storage room as an extension of your pantry. Unfortunately, some irresponsible individuals have abused the available space by improperly storing food and attracting bugs.
As a result, some facilities have prohibited the storage of food or food items in their rental spaces. That means you should ask before assuming that you can store food there. The good news is that it is rarely difficult to find a facility that will meet your needs.
#3-Is There an Emergency Generator in Case of an Emergency?
An emergency generator will benefit a self-storage facility in at least two ways. One benefit can be seen on units that are climate-controlled. Obviously, if you are paying to store your food in an adequately cooled or heated area, you expect it to stay at an acceptable temperature even during an emergency.
The generator will also impact anyone who uses the electronic gate to access the unit. When you need to access your storage unit, electrical issues could leave you unable to enter the property. Therefore, it only makes that renting a climate controlled self-storage unit from a facility that has an emergency generator is a great way to protect your stockpile of food.
In conclusion, a self-storage facility can often provide you with the necessary space to stockpile an adequate amount of emergency supplies for your family. When choosing a facility, it is a good idea to ask the questions listed above.
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