Residents of the Florida peninsula are no strangers to dealing with the impact of natural disasters. Self-storage facilities in the region are also vulnerable. It’s important to have a strategy of preparedness in place before any type of catastrophe strikes. Natural disasters include tornadoes, hurricanes, hail, flooding, and high winds. Preparation is also needed for potential man-made calamities, including vandalism, burglary, arson, and a pollution type of emergency. By taking steps to be ready, you can save money and time, keep employees safe, and ensure that your business survives catastrophic events.


Prepare an emergency contact list

You can’t always see a potential disaster coming. Certain information should be organized and kept handy on site, with an off-site backup easily accessible at all times, as well. The following contact information should be included as part of your self-storage facility emergency preparedness plan:

  • Fire department
  • Police department
  • Insurance agent
  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • HVAC contractor
  • Updated list of employees
  • Current list of tenants
  • Vendors
  • Site map
  • Bank account records
  • Building plans
  • Utility services


Keep an emergency kit handy

Employee safety is an essential consideration for all employers, including at a self-storage facility. Provisions should be made to be ready for disaster and protected against criminal activity. The following are recommended as part of a readiness plan:

  • Keep handy an emergency kit that includes a fire extinguisher, first-aid essentials, a radio, battery-operated lights, water, basic tools, and a whistle. Anything else that may be needed in the event of disruption of utility services should be included.
  • In order to prevent burglaries, vandalism, arson, and other crimes, the following are recommended: Install minimum 6-foot-high perimeter fencing; install a video-surveillance system; place signs around the property indicating that the facility is monitored 24/7; install fire alarms and burglar alarms, particularly at the main office.


Explore additional resources

Owners of self-storage facilities should find out if preparedness assessment is offered by local companies providing disaster restoration. Other tools may also be available in your area. For example, you may be able to provide local authorities with information about where shut-off valves are located. These types of steps can help to reduce periods of business interruption.


Legal protections

Lawsuits can arise following disasters that result in loss. It’s essential to have lease agreements prepared by knowledgeable          attorneys who specialize in the self-storage industry. On a regular basis, your lease should be reviewed and updated, particularly when there are changes in the Florida lien laws. In addition, share your plan with your insurance agent. The information on disaster readiness and safety features can help you obtain an insurance policy at a more competitive rate.


Where to turn for help

It’s always great to have a support system. If you procure your self-storage property with the help of the Weaver Realty Group, you also have the benefit that Weaver is an Argus Self Storage Network Affiliate serving the entire Florida peninsula. We provide ongoing professional support to all of our clients, including assistance with regard to emergency preparedness and dealing with natural and man-made disasters. Contact Josh Koerner of Weaver Realty Group at 904-591-0140 today.