These quick tips can help you and your family plan for your survival and the protection of your items, but please do your own individual research on this topic. Your safety depends on using the best plan for your family.
Remember to ask about our Hurricane Survival Specials from July 1st to November 30th and check the National Hurricane Center for more detailed information.
Choose someone outside of the danger zone as a central contact. During the storm, checking up on everybody yourself may not be possible. Instead, establish an emergency contact beforehand that lives outside of the affected area. This ensures that everyone has a secure person to report to and keep them updated.
- To make sure everyone has updated information, check in with your central contact regularly.
- If you don’t know anybody outside the danger zone, set up a group chat via text message, instant messenger, or social media so you can contact multiple people at once.
Secure Loose Items
You need a secure plan to protect your home. Unsecured outdoor items, such as patio furniture, pool toys, and barbeque sets are considered projectiles during high winds. It’s a good idea to put these items in your self storage unit. If this won’t work for you, move them into your house. If you don’t have hurricane shutters, board up your windows and glass doors to protect your home.
Locate an interior room in your house that is strong, sturdy, and does not have any windows. Conduct practice runs to this room with your family. Practicing this in advance will make children feel more comfortable in an emergency. If you have an older home with a low hurricane rating or live in a mobile home, be sure to determine where your nearest Hurricane Evacuation Center is. One of the closest ones to Bonita Storage Inn is the Estero Recreation Center on Corkscrew Palms off of Corkscrew Road.
It’s important to have a hurricane survival kit prepared for every person in your family, including pets. Have at least three days of clothes for each family member, and purchase the appropriate size hurricane preparedness kit (check Ready.gov). If you plan to evacuate, check with your vet to see where you can keep your pets if you can’t locate a pet-friendly hotel. We have many seasonal clients that store with us from the beginning of hurricane season until the end of it. These tenants lease small units to store extra gallons of clean water, batteries, flashlights, generators, clean clothes, canned food, pet food, and assorted emergency supplies.
Business Emergency Plan
Have a clear chain of command and designate responsibilities for emergency preparedness tasks. Back up computer data. If your business is in a flood zone, an evacuation plan should be in place, and you need a plan to protect important business documents. At Bonita Storage Inn, we will be happy to help you store and protect your items until you get your business up and running.