How to Prep for Storms with Storage Pods

How to Prep for Storms with Storage Pods

Located close to the southeastern coast, South Carolina is a beautiful state, but deals with tumultuous weather during the hotter parts of the year. Tropic storms and even hurricanes are routine occurrences every other year, and can cause serious havoc and damage when not prepared for. Natives to South Carolina – especially on the coast – often have a plan. But even the most seasoned resident knows not to underestimate a potential incoming storm. Hurricane season happens around intense temperature changes, so it’s best to be ready when this happens. 

Whether you’re new to the state or have limited experience with storms, Mobile Attic wants you to be safe. While any hurricane or tropic storm is extremely dangerous, there are still things you can do to prepare for. And, you can take advantage of mobile pods in the process. But for now, let’s start with some basic tips.

Tip 1: The Emergency Kit

Above all, planning is the best strategy when it comes to storm prep. There are a few things to consider in this phase, namely the emergency kit. Like the name implies, it’s to account for critical scenarios, such as a storm.

Whether you’re leaving a location before a storm, or staying somewhere, an emergency kit has some recommended essentials. First, have a container with your supplies that’s in an easily accessible location. Once you’ve got that, here are some recommended items:

  • Flashlights with batteries
  • Emergency radio, preferably one with built in charger
  • Charging devices and extra cables for phones
  • List of emergency contacts/funds
  • Supply of non-perishable food up to 3 days, if possible
  • Access to fresh water/water filters

The situation may dictate extra supplies, but these recommendations are a good starting point. 

The complications created by hurricanes create a need for planning and emergency kits, such as power loss and flooding. 

Tip 2: Know Your Locations

During an emergency event such as a hurricane, people are evacuated from the predicted affected area and typically gather in safe zones. Those zones are recommended areas (like stadiums) or a vicinity that’s far away enough from the danger area (where the hurricane/storm will cause the most damage).

Before that happens, however, it’s best to plan out a route and know where you’re going ahead of time. The last thing you want to do in an emergency scenario is last minute preparation. Do you have family you can stay with? If you’re going to a shelter, do you know the shortest way? Have questions like that readily answered before a storm event.

Tip 3: Prepare Your Homestead

One of the tougher parts about storm prep is getting your home unit ready. Not everyone has the luxury of doing this, but it’s critical to prepare your home as much as possible to avoid costly damages. Storm preparation involves sealing and boarding windows, protecting carpets, and wrapping flood-resistant material around objects which you can’t move out of a home unit.

Taking advantage of Mobile Pods for storm prep

Those are 3 general tips to help get you started for hurricane and storm preparation in the South Carolina area. In this scenario, how can mobile pods help you?

Storage is the key advantage here. As you readily know, protecting yourself and property against storms requires placing inventory in safe areas. This is challenging, of course, depending on what needs to be moved. A business, for example, has a lot of inventory to safeguard. 

Mobile pods essentially operate as a transportable unit you can safely stow items in, specifically for storms. Since they’re steel and heavy, they can resist the turbulence of oncoming storms. Because they’re spacious, you can move items from one location into the pod, which makes planning much easier.

Another serious consideration is location. If you’re in a threat zone during the approach of a serious storm, you have to leave. But what if you could take belongings with you? The idea behind a mobile pod is just that: portability. If it’s in a service area, and you can relocate a pod to a zone that will not be impacted by a storm, you can do so. Storms are unpredictable, and hurricanes dangerous, so there’s no 100 percent guarantee you can mobilize your inventory out of harms way. But a pod gives you a better chance of that, and provides additional options, versus none.

This works well for smaller businesses too. You can store inventory away and have multiple pods shipped to a safer location before a storm. Naturally, do this before the impact of a hurricane or storm. But again, it’s an option.

Other Considerations

Mobile Attic prioritizes safety and looks to protect your belongings. Obviously, you might wonder about the specifics of the portable containers.

Our storage units are made of reinforced fiberglass, steel, and aluminum, a vastly superior option to traditional storage methods (and wood, of course). Another option provided is to send and store these pods on Mobile Attic’s secure lots, which are safeguarded against things like theft and, yes, incoming storms/hurricanes.

What else should I know?

For your convenience, we’ve provided a link to South Carolina emergency numbers and resources.

Contacts and Resources | SCEMD South Carolina Hurricane Guide

This is primarily for hurricanes and serious storms. Mobile Attic is not a replacement for emergency advice, and during times of dangerous weather and hurricanes, it’s critical you listen for government mandates and emergency announcements to stay safe.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Prioritize the safety of yourself and family first, do not take needless risks for property – nothing is worth your life
  • Consider medical conditions, prescriptions, and those with physical disabilities if you suspect a storm will impact your area
  • Have other emergency resources ready 

With that in mind, Mobile Attic’s transportable pods are a resource at your disposal. If you have space concerns or need additional storage options, a mobile pod is an ideal solution. 

You can contact us today to learn more about our services.