Omaha, NE: Top Things to Know About Storage

Jon Fesmire | Jul 01, 2016 @ 05:01 PM

Boating

Omaha has a prime boating spot, Lake Manawa in Lake Manawa State Park. If you like to get out on your boat, this is a great place to do it. Of course, you’ll need a self-storage facility for that boat. Out of Omaha’s 77 facilities, 13 take cars, boats, and RVs.

Look for facilities with 24 hour access. That way, you can get your boat early in the morning, before anything but a few cafes have opened, and head out to the lake for an early start.

As fall comes to a close, remember to winterize your boat! You won’t be able to take it out on the cold or frozen lake anyway, so make sure it’s protected against the freezing weather.

Weather and Climate Control

Omaha is one of those places where you will simply need climate control. Self-storage facilities without it may be available, but consider the weather. Winters are snowy, cold, and dry. Summers range from warm to hot and tend to be humid, so humid that thunderstorms are common.

Temperature fluctuations cause damage to delicate things like musical instruments, which are made to be tuned with precision. Dry air saps the moisture from things like art, books, and paper. Humid summers cause further damage to paper by making it a bit too wet, and the overall mugginess brings in mold, which grows on just about everything.

So, unless you’re going to use a self-storage unit for just a few months in the spring or fall, make sure you get climate control.

Events

Throughout the year in Omaha, you’re bound to find big events to enjoy. Festivals and events include Jazz on the Green, the Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival, Omaha’s Oktoberfest, and Native Omahan Days.

How exactly do big events tie into self-storage? There are two ways. The first won’t affect you, but it’s fun to think about. These festivals often come with decorations and more. Those booths and that merchandise needs to be kept somewhere during the year, and often, that’s in self-storage

The second, and the one that affects average citizens, is traffic. When a big event rolls around, it affects traffic in the immediate area and sometimes way beyond into the city. If you need to get to your self-storage unit to retrieve personal items, to put away store stock, or for any other reason, the traffic cause by an event can be a major inconvenience.

So, we suggest that you keep abreast of Omaha events as they approach. That way, you’ll be able to attend if so inclined, and you’ll be able to plan your appointment accordingly.

Omaha, Crime, and Security

The Crime Index Scale goes from 1 to 100, where 1 is for a city with the most crime, and 100 is for a city with the least crime. Omaha is a 7 on that scale.

Don’t worry too much, though. The average for a city is around 26 or 27. The safest city in the U.S. is Centennial, Colorado, and it has a rating of 59. Detroit has a rating of 2. (Sorry, Detroit! We sincerely hope things there improve.) In short, crime in Omaha could be worse. Violent and property crime are nearly twice the average in the U.S.

If you have a boat or RV, you’ll definitely want to get them into a facility, both because parking on the street in most neighborhoods is illegal, and also to keep them safe. For every other kind of storage, just make sure the facility you choose has a good security system. This should include high concrete walls (8 feet high or higher), a monitored camera and alarm system, motion activated lights, and an owner on the premises or a couple of security guards roaming the facility day and night.