World — 18 April 2011
U-haul offers a month's free storage to tornado victims

U-haul offers a month's free storage to tornado victims.

U-Haul storage companies in Arkansas, Mississippi, Raleigh, Central Alabama, Northern Alabama, Coastal South Carolina and Tidewater are all offering 30 days free storage and U-Box portable storage to residents affected by the recent storms and tornadoes.

In addition to the 30-days-free self-storage assistance being offered, people who need 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.

With U-Box Portable Storage, you pick up or we deliver the U-Boxes, you fill them up and we store them in our secure warehouse or deliver them to a location of your choice.

Families needing more information about the 30-days-free self-storage assistance program should contact one of the following U-Haul regional offices.

U-Haul Company of Arkansas
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (800) 722-4923

U-Haul Company of Raleigh
Raleigh, NC
Phone: (800) 850-2330

U-Haul Company of Mississippi
Jackson, MS
Phone: (800) 222-7691

U-Haul Company of Central Alabama
Birmingham, AL
Phone: (800) 292-8555

U-Haul Company of Northern Alabama
Huntsville, AL
Phone: (866) 559-1657

U-Haul Company of Coastal South Carolina
Savannah, GA
Phone: (866) 984-9147

U-Haul Company of Tidewater
Portsmouth, VA
Phone: (800) 633-4647

“These storms and tornadoes have caused a tremendous amount of damage to the many communities we serve,” stated Chuck Hertzler, executive vice president, U-Haul. “I hope this effort will help provide assistance to families that need support. We will continue to help our friends and neighbors in this 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


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