PHOENIX, Aug. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- U-Haul is open for business and available to help those in need and affected by Hurricane Irene. As always, U-Haul has truck and trailers available for rent, as well as much needed supplies such as boxes, tarps, propane and propane tanks.
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to residents who may need to evacuate their homes or businesses in preparation for or as a result of Hurricane Irene.
U-Haul also has propane available and urges customers to stop in to ensure that their propane tanks are topped off. Propane is often needed for cooking, grilling and boiling water when residents have no electrical services after a major storm.
People needing boxes can take advantage of the U-Haul Take a Box, Leave a Box Program. The program enables customers to return their reusable boxes and allows others to take them as needed – FREE. U-Haul encourages anyone who has any type of reusable box to drop it off at the nearest U-Haul location and allow another family to reuse the box, free of charge, instead of throwing the reusable box into the recycling bin.
Families needing more information about the 30-days-free self-storage assistance program should contact one of the following regional offices to locate the participating storage facility nearest them.
U-Haul Company of Maryland
U-Haul Company of Baltimore
U-Haul Company of Metro DC
U-Haul Company of Virginia
U-Haul Company of Northern Virginia
U-Haul Company of Harrisburg
U-Haul Company of Brooklyn Queens
U-Haul Company of Manhattan Bronx
U-Haul Company of Long Island
U-Haul Company of South Philadelphia
U-Haul Company of North Philadelphia
U-Haul Company of Southern New Jersey
U-Haul Company of Northern New Jersey
U-Haul Company of Central New Jersey
"Hurricane Irene has the potential to reach a large geographic area and may cause tremendous damage to many communities we serve," stated Chuck Hertzler, executive vice president, U-Haul Company. "I hope these efforts will provide assistance to residents who need help preparing for Irene. We will continue to help our friends and neighbors during their time of need."
Since 1945, U-Haul has been the choice for the do-it-yourself mover, with a network of more than 16,300 locations in all 50 States and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers' patronage has enabled the Company to maintain the largest rental fleet in the do-it-yourself moving industry with approximately 104,000 trucks, 80,000 trailers and 36,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 406,000 rooms and 36 million square feet of storage space at nearly 1,100 owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer's number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. The Company supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues as one of the nation's largest retailers of propane.
U-Haul was founded by a Navy veteran who grew up during the Great Depression. Tires and gas were still rationed or in short supply during the late 1940s when U-Haul began serving U.S. customers. Today, that background is central to the U-Haul Sustainability Program: "Serving the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle includes fuel-efficient moving vans, neighborhood proximity, moving box reuse, moving pads made from discarded material and packing peanuts that are 100% biodegradable. Learn more about these facts and others at uhaul.com/sustainability.
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