The U-Haul Cos. of Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina and Western North Carolina are offering 30 days of free self-storage or U-Box container storage to people in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina who’ve been affected by the historic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin. Participating facilities are in Augusta, Ga.; Asheville, Boone, Hendersonville and Hickory, N.C.; and Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Little River, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg, S.C. Families who need more information can contact the U-Haul store nearest them, according to a company press release.
“U-Haul has been a part of these neighborhoods for many years, and we'd like to reach out and help these families with free storage,” said Ray Moore, marketing company president.
Through the U-Box program, storm victims can pick up a custom-designed trailer and take a storage container with them. Alternatively, U-Haul can store the container in its secure warehouse, or pick up and deliver it to another location.
Storm victims can also take advantage of the U-Haul Take a Box, Leave a Box program, which enables customers to use recycled boxes at no charge. Instead of discarding reusable boxes and bins, U-Haul encourages local residents to drop them off at the nearest U-Haul location, allowing other people to use them.
U-Haul stores also offer supplies to help residents with storm recovery, such as boxes, tarps, propane and propane tanks, according to the release.
Established in 1945, U-Haul International Inc. has more than 40 million square feet of storage space at more than 1,200 owned and managed facilities throughout North America.