Emergency preparedness guide and how to deal with the media

The threat of flooding is very real with the storm approaching our southern coast this week. The link below will download our emergency preparedness guide and offer strategies in dealing with the media should they show up at your property. It has offers information on using a designated spokesperson, talking to your current tenants, and much more.

Emergency preparedness and your media response seminar

National Weather Service predicting heavy rains in south Louisiana July 13-16, 2019

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 AM EDT Tue Jul 9 2019

For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. A broad low pressure system located over the eastern Florida
Panhandle is producing disorganized shower activity. The low is
forecast to move southward to southwestward and emerge over the
northeastern Gulf of Mexico later today. Once the system is over
water, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for
tropical cyclone formation, and a tropical depression is likely to
develop by late Wednesday or Thursday while the system moves
westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of whether
or not a tropical cyclone forms, this system has the potential to
produce heavy rainfall along portions of the northern and eastern
U.S. Gulf Coast later this week. For more information about the
rainfall threat, please see products issued by your local weather
forecast office and the NOAA Weather Prediction Center. Interests
along the Gulf Coast from the Upper Texas coast to the western
Florida peninsula should monitor the progress of this system.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…80 percent.

Changes to the International Building Code Affect Self Storage

With the support of its Code Committee, the national Self Storage Association successfully pursued several key changes to the 2021 International Building Code.

  1. An exception has been added to IBC Section 2902.3.3 to permit an increase in the location (to greater than every other floor) and maximum distance of travel (to greater than 500 ft) for restrooms.  The location and travel distance must be approved by the code official.
  2. The maximum allowable height of sprinklered facilities made of Type IIB materials (unprotected steel) and Type IIIB materials (noncombustible or fire-retardant-treated wood stud exterior walls and any interior construction) has been increased from 3 stories to 4 stories.  The Code continues to have total floor and building square footage limits.
  3. Pursuant to modified IBC Section 903.2.9, storage facilities are exempt from the automatic sprinkler system requirement if: (1) the total fire area is 12,000 sq. ft. or less; (2) the combined total fire areas are 24,000 sq. ft. or less; (3) the facility is no greater than one story above grade plane; and (4) all storage spaces are accessed directly from the exterior.

These changes go into effect as they are adopted by local and state governments over the next several years.  Prior to the adoption on the local and state level, storage developers can request that the code official rely on the 2021 changes as acceptable alternative methods of construction pursuant to section 104.11 of the existing International Building Code.

Please email Joe Doherty with any questions or to receive supporting documentation for these changes.

2019 Spring Luncheon on April 11 in Bossier City

We invite everyone to join us Thursday, April 11, 2019, for the SSALA Spring Luncheon at Shane’s Seafood and BBQ, located at 4726 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA. Guest speakers with will give seminars on cyber security and your small business, operations manuals and why it is so important your company has one, and a thorough review of the changes made to the Lien Sale Statute in 2016. Lunch is included in the $35.00 admission. Plan to come join other owners, operators and managers from across the state at this great learning and networking opportunity.

Click here for registration form

SSALA Fall Conference on Friday, November 9th at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge!

Get ready to join SSALA members from around the state in November for the Fall Expo 2018. This year’s event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge, and we couldn’t be more excited! Among our guest speakers will be national speakers Jeffery Greenberger, attorney, and Magen Smith, the Storage CPA. This is sure to be one of the best conferences in recent years and guaranteed to pack a lot of bang for the buck. We will see you there!

Let SSALA know about events at your facility

We are encouraging members to let us know about events that are happening at your facility or in your community. Opening a new facility – let us know and we will post an article about it on our news feed. Have a manager that was recognized within your company or in your community – let us know and we will join in celebrating their accomplishment. Call or email your submission, and we will let all our association members know about your news. One more way SSALA is working to connect self storage owners/operators/managers across the great state of Louisiana.

2018 SSALA Spring Luncheon – April 11th in Bossier City

We look forward to seeing you at the SSALA Spring Luncheon, Wednesday, April 11, in Bossier City, LA. The event will be from 10am to 2pm at Shane’s Seafood and BBQ on Texas Street?Hwy 80. There will be seminars on various topics and a great opportunity to network with owners, operators and managers from around the state.

Fall Expo 2017 a great success!!!

The SSALA Fall Expo 2017 was a great success, with more in attendance than ever! New Officers were introduced, including new SSALA President Sean Landry, Vice-President Lonnie Bickford, Secretary Ben Evans, and Treasurer Shaun Ferguson. Our guest speakers, Anne Ballard and Scott Zucker, gave extremely well received presentations, and we thank them for joining us in Baton Rouge!

Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

The SSALA Board sends its heartfelt concerns to our fellow self storage operators and citizens in south Texas. After the historic flooding last year in the Shreveport/Bossier City areas of north Louisiana and in Baton Rouge, we have been there and know what you are going thru. That’s why so many people of our “Cajun Navy” are in Houston now – giving back the help that was given them last year.

Please  text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 through the American Red Cross.