Last year seemed to be the year of natural disasters. We saw severe flooding in Houston as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The entire state of Florida and the US Virgin Islands were affected by Hurricane Irma, while Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Here in the northeast in places like Long Island, New York City and the New Jersey shore, we know that flooding is a possibility as well. Superstorm Sandy caused major flood damage in the area in 2012. Flooding is a very real threat and protecting your belongings is something you should take very seriously. A.B. Richards can help. We’re your local portable storage container company.
A.B. Richards Can Keep Your Belongings Safe
A.B. Richards rents portable storage containers for all types of uses. Whether it’s for personal use, business use, storing equipment at a job site or industrial use, whatever you need a storage unit for, A.B. Richards can accommodate you. All of our units are durable and weatherproof. We can protect your belongings in the event of a flood and we want you to know how you can prepare for a flood.
Preparing Your Home For A Flood
The first thing you need to know about residential flooding is that most homeowners and rental insurance does not cover flood damage. In order to protect your home, you need to take part in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Once you have insurance issues squared away, you should consider putting together a plan to protect your belongings. AARP gives some suggested guidelines. One very important preparation you should keep in mind is preserving your important documents. AARP says they should include:
- Personal documents such as birth and marriage certificates, passports, military documents and social security cards.
- Property documents like your deeds, mortgages, closing statements, car titles, and insurance policies, stocks and bonds.
- Wills and estate related papers.
- Medical documents like health insurance and Medicare cards.
It’s also a good idea to be able to prove you own possessions by taking photographs or videos of them. Try to take an inventory of what you have. It’s also a good idea to keep a disaster kit of flashlights, batteries, and radios.
If a major flood is coming, CBC suggests creating a sandbag dike on high ground as close as possible to your home. Sacks should be filled with clay, silt or sand. You should listen to news broadcasts on the radio and keep track of what’s going on. Now is the time to move your valuables to higher ground or upper floors of your home. You can also ensure your valuables will be safe by placing them into one of our secure portable storage containers. Try to seal cracks around doors and windows.
If you own a business you have to make certain that any chemical products or potentially hazardous wastes are safely secured, making certain that chemicals which could cause a dangerous reaction if mixed, are not stored close together.
A.B. Richards Will Help Secure Your Belongings
If you’re concerned about flooding or if you get displaced by a flood or other natural disaster, A.B. Richards containers are made of 14-gauge steel. They also have heavy-duty steel walls and 1-3/8-inch hardwood floors. To learn more contact A.B. Richards today.