Nick DiUlio here again from SpareFoot.com. I'm reaching out on a somber note this morning...
I'm currently working on an article about how self-storage facilities in the Oklahoma City area—particularly ones in Moore, OK—are coping in the aftermath of the tornado. How are their businesses doing? How are they doing personally? How was their business or home affected? Have they seen a lot of demand for self-storage since the tornado struck?
I most certainly don't want to be intrusive or insensitive. I simply want to share their stories with our readers.
If you were affected by the OK tornado this week (or know someone who has) my deepest sympathies go out to you. Please let me know if you would like to share your story with me sometime this week or next.
We sustained only fallen debris, lots and lots of insulation, mud, etc, all over everything.
We have seen a huge increase in the need for storage, and although we are a boat and rv storage, we rented all our indoor units that were available the 1st day after the storm.
Currently we are contemplating bringing in 40ft storage containers to the outside yard and renting them.
The biggest issue we had was we were basically on lock down from local LEO's for the 1st night and 2nd full day, then I was able to get out and around.
We did have an huge issue with ATT (cell tower on site), disassembling our gate openers and losing some parts due to no power, and I guess they were getting in no matter what, which will cost them about 500.00 in additional labor and replacement parts and my time to run around trying to get the gates back secured. Luckily police and military were stationed on both ends of our street and noone but service companies could come and go.
I doubt there is an open indoor unit for 15 miles or more right now.
also, with webselfstorage, I was able to get a mass email out to all customers and let them know that everything was ok, their stuff was ok, other than dirty, I had secured the lot and we were closed until power came back up,etc. and I got back about 35 emails stating how happy they were and could focus on other things rather than worrying about their boats, rv's campers, or inside units.
That right there was a great piece of their site.
So glad to hear that everything was alright, Broadway, it seems like all handled that situation very well. Such a terrible thing that happend and its sad to hear that others were not so lucky. I want to personally thank Nick for doing that piece for us and getting some very good insights. If any of yall are interested in taking a look then please check it out here. Good luck to all those in Oklahoma moving forward.
I would just like to extend a general energy of good will and peace as folks dig out from the disaster. And thank you to everyone for sharing your stories. For those of you interested in reading my piece about the role of self storage in the tornado's aftermath, you can do so here: http://blog.selfstorage.com/storage-...f-storage-2703