FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, May 4, 2016 /CNW/ -- U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container usage to residents of Fort McMurray and surrounding areas who have been evacuated from their homes or need to move belongings away from the recent outbreak of wildfires.
The U-Haul Company of Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories and U-Haul Storage Stores of Edmonton are all offering free storage units and U-Box containers to impacted individuals and families at any U-Haul owned and operated storage facilities in the area where there is availability.
"We want to offer our full support and whatever help we can to people affected by disaster," said Marketing Company President Fred Ward, U-Haul Company of Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories. "We are a strong community supporter and we want to do what we can to help in any type of disaster situation."
"There have been 80,000 people evacuated, and we are expecting 18,000 into Edmonton today," Ward explained. "Four neighborhoods were already completely destroyed. This wildfire is raging. It's affected almost the entire town."
People in need of boxes are encouraged to take advantage of the U-Haul Take a Box, Leave a Box Program. The program enables customers to return their reusable boxes and others to take them as needed. U-Haul encourages anyone who has reusable boxes to drop them at the nearest U-Haul location for another family to reuse, free of charge.
Families seeking more information about the 30 days free self-storage assistance or needing to find a U-Haul facility with storage availability should call their nearest marketing company office.
U-Haul at 50th St.
12804 50th St.
Edmonton, AB T5A 4H3
U-Haul of Westside
11120 154th St.
Edmonton, AB T5M 3M9
U-Haul at 17th St.
7403 17th St. NW
Edmonton, AB T6P 1P1
U-Haul at 218th St.
10210 218th St.
Edmonton, AB T5S 2C3
U-Haul locations without vacant storage units may offer U-Box portable moving and self-storage containers. With U-Box containers, you can conveniently pick up our custom-designed trailer and take a U-Box container with you. U-Haul also can store your U-Box container in our secure warehouses or pick it up and deliver it to a location of your choice.
U-Haul is the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage, with more than 20,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to its 30 days free self-storage assistance, U-Haul, as an official American Red Cross disaster responder, is proud to be at the forefront of aiding communities in need.
To learn more about what U-Haul is doing in your community, visit myuhaulstory.com.