The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday 14 November 2016 caused widespread damage in North Canterbury and Wellington. So, if you are one of our Wellington customers, you may be wondering about the security of our Newlands and Kilbirnie facilities. We are happy to report that they are very secure. We explain in this post.
What an expert says
The President of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE), Peter Smith, says a building’s height, stiffness and the type of land it is on determines how it is affected by an earthquake. In this earthquake, Mr Smith says that buildings between eight and 15 storeys high have been damaged the most.
Safe & sound
Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has warned landlords to share information about their buildings or face the consequences. This, of course, goes without saying.
Despite the earthquake, there is no damage to any of our facilities. However, we still hired a structural engineer to be sure. After a thorough inspection, our two Wellington facilities have been confirmed structurally sound.
The importance of good buildings
The recent earthquake is a reminder of the importance of choosing a storage facility that is structurally sound. Our facilities are modern and purpose built. That is important for the safety of our customers and staff and also for the protection of the things you store with us.
NZI believes in us
Insurance companies are notoriously cautious—they have to be. However, NZI is confident enough in our buildings to allow us to sell earthquake insurance to our customers. We recommend all customers insure their belongings.
At Kiwi Self Storage, our customers have peace of mind knowing their possessions are safe. If you would like to know more about our facilities, please get in touch by calling us on 0800 58 57 56 or visiting our website.