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    Default Free Storage to Victims of Disasters

    Anyone offer free units to victims of disasters such as floods, tornadoes or fires?

    How does this work? Do you need proof? How do you contact these potential tenants? Sadly, I can imagine some would take advantage of your generosity.

    Obviously, we'd all like to help where we can. But did the act of kindness benefit your store in other ways? Good word-of-mouth, or permanent tenants?

    If you've offered free storage to a group in need, share your story. If you haven't, would you? What would you need to make it happen?
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    Default Re: Free Storage to Victims of Disasters

    We donate a unit to the Kiwanis. I'm sure it has some kind of tax right off, but it also good for word-of-mouth in a small town.

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    Default Re: Free Storage to Victims of Disasters

    Great topic. We always save a few lockers for Rotary, the Hospital Foundation and a few worthy charities. We put the lockers on a free lease but specify a term and review it annually to ensure its not miss used or taken for granted.

    I'm often a little cautious with anything from flood or fire due to smell or moisture issues but wouldn't hesitate at offering up a locker as a collection point for people in need who may have lost something in a disaster.

    I'm curious to hear what others do for flood or fire as well and any concerns or issues.

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    Default Re: Free Storage to Victims of Disasters

    There are two groups we provide free storage to.

    1) C.A.T.C.H. (Chartable Assistance To Community’s Homeless) They help young women with children by temporally providing housing and furnishings. The city provides the program coordinator for the program. We provide two units year around. When additional units are needed, they are rented at half off.

    2) We have offered free storage to fire victims up to three months. This is coordinated through the fire department unions’ burn-out-fund.
    Both of these group work hand in hand with other organization providing assistance.

    By working with the program coordinators it helps eliminate people that might take advantage of the program. I can’t say for sure if it has benefited the facility financially or not. It has been satisfying knowing we are helping some people in need. The biggest problem is if you tried to help everybody that wanted help, you wouldn’t have any spaces for paying customers. We had to pick and choose.

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    Default Re: Free Storage to Victims of Disasters

    Coordinated by the fire dept unions. ... nice

    I forgot to mention that we do it to support are community and its people. I believe everyone should contribute and lead by example. On that note we have received recognition and it has brought us some business as good coomunity leaders are often also in these groups and they are naturals and promoting things they like in their networks.

 

 

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