As of this writing, over the past decade and change, we’ve seen more and more violent storms that do serious damage to the infrastructure of certain areas around the country. Since moves are often scheduled weeks or months prior to the event, a severe storm may decide that your moving day is the perfect day to make landfall. So what do you do if you want to outrun the storm?
Moving Before the Storm
Before You Go
If you are moving a long distance, you will need to make hotel reservations. However, this does mean that you will be competing with those fleeing the storm to make those reservations. If you are driving, try to remove yourself from the path of the storm on your first day’s travel. This not only frees up more hotels for you to stop at but it gets you out of the flow of traffic, too.
If possible, make these reservations as far in advance as you make your moving reservation if you are in a storm-prone area.
If the storm is only a day away when your move is to take place, you may be delayed. Your best bet is to call the moving company and request to be bumped up if possible. Leaving a day earlier may impact your travel plans, but it does allow the moving company time to reschedule you and to get your belongings out of the area, if possible. This decision differs based on the exact strategy behind your move.
Sometimes, moving companies do shut their doors a day or two prior to a storm that is predicted to have a bad outcome. This allows them to fortify their warehouses and their fleet, as well as allowing employees to fortify their own homes. If they cannot reschedule you, it may be impossible.
Should You Ride It Out?
If you are in an area that is encouraging evacuation, you should remain calm and follow the instructions of your local government. However, it is your decision if you stay with your belongings or if you leave. Your movers can tell you more about their plans after the storm once it has passed. If you do not decide to stay, be certain that you can still contact your moving company. Take paper copies of their contact information with you. Though you may stay in a place far from direct damage, internet and electricity can be left out of sorts for quite some time after a natural disaster.
What Happens at the Warehouse?
Warehouses are built away from flood plains and in protected, commercial areas. Many are equipped with pumps and very thick glass or shatterproof plexiglass. The moving company will do everything possible to protect your possessions. Be it a flood, a tornado, or something worse, remember that it is not just your personal belongings in that warehouse. It is the moving company’s livelihood. They will protect it.
Keep in Mind
Even an average thunderstorm can disrupt a move in progress. Packers cannot seal shipping crates full of damp boxes from being rained on, and it’s difficult to pack if the electricity fails. However, moving companies around the world largely agree with the post office. The job must get done and the shipment must get through. If it is possible, they will make it happen for you. Please try to remain patient if they cannot pack or ship due to a delay from a large storm or otherwise dangerous conditions.