Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage the parent company of Portabox has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. and Portabox have been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

As essential services, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. and Portabox

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. and Portabox will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps We're Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • We are limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. and Portabox is proud to continue offering our services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. We are here to make the process of storing belongings seamless & safe for you.

Ways in which portable self storage helps during emergencies

Step 1 of 2

MM slash DD slash YYYY

Emergencies are rarely predictable. Yet, there are ways to be prepared for them. In the United States, natural disasters of different kinds are the most likely to befall you – earthquakes, tornados, floods. When they do, it’s hard to make smart decisions in the spur of the moment and think of absolutely everything when your life might be on the line. So, it’s best to have something planned out or set up in advance. And PortaBox Storage Seattle has a potential solution to consider as one of your contingency plans for unplanned occurrences. Believe it or not, portable self storage helps during emergencies in many different ways. This makes it a smart investment for anyone who might have the misfortune of facing a disaster in the future.

Portable self storage gives you space and time to prepare for the worst

The best way to protect yourself in case of an emergency is to be prepared in advance. Depending on the type of emergency we’re talking about, the preparations may be different. But whether you’re worried about an earthquake or a house fire, portable storage can help you stay ready.

You can store emergency supplies in a secure and isolated space

Have you heard the saying that you “shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket”? Well, it applies to your belongings when there’s a risk of an emergency as well. Think about it – if something were to happen to your home, you wouldn’t want all your emergency supplies to be there. Instead, you can keep some important supplies safe by putting them in storage. This should include water that’ll last at least several days, some non-perishable food, medical supplies (including a first-aid kit), sanitization tools and protective gear, a light source that doesn’t rely on electricity, blankets, or sleeping bags, and a few changes of clothes.

Water bottles you can keep safe in storage because one of the ways portable self storage helps during emergencies is by keeping your emergency supplies safe.
Use storage to keep emergency supplies safe.

The best part about using portable storage for this is that you won’t just keep your emergency supplies safe – you can manage them easily. Unlike your everyday storage facilities where you have to drive up there and load up your belongings to transport them, portable self storage units come to you. You give a heads-up and PortaBox Storage can have your storage container delivered anywhere you need it. It’s like having a portable safe for your belongings.

Portable self storage helps during emergencies by protecting your belongings from harm

Usually, it’s your home that protects your belongings. But your home is often the thing that’s in danger during emergencies. So you need to find other ways to keep some of your things safe. And self storage is the perfect solution.

Put your valuables away for safekeeping

Person looking at old photos.
Portable self storage helps during emergencies by keeping irreplaceable valuables safe.

Typically, you want to keep all valuable items close to you, where you can check on them and keep them safe. But that’s not always possible during an emergency as your belongings stop being a priority then. Luckily, with portable storage, this won’t be an issue.

You can temporarily put away important and valuable items while the emergency passes. The storage container is delivered to your address so you can easily pack and store belongings before having them delivered to a safe place. When you know your possessions are in a secure facility, you can focus on more pressing matters without worrying.

Protect your items from the elements

A great benefit of on demand storage Seattle is the fact that you don’t have to waste your time carting your belongings off to a storage facility and back. Instead, the storage provider will bring the storage container to you. So, when you need to put something away quickly, as you would need to in an emergency, this is a great solution. All you need to do is pack and wait for storage to come to you. Then, you can easily store the most important pieces of furniture and other belongings that you would otherwise need to leave behind.

Portable self storage helps during emergencies by allowing you to get out fast

Hiding from an emergency is not always an option. Sometimes, the best you can do is to get out. In such cases, being packed and ready to go fast is a huge advantage. Portable storage, combined with last-minute moving services, can be of huge help with this. If everything you need for at least a few days is already in a storage container, you can easily have that storage container taken to a secondary location where you will wait out the emergency. You’ll increase your own safety by getting out of the way of a disaster without sacrificing comfort.

Portable self storage helps during emergencies by making cleanup and rebuilding easier

House after a fire.
Cleaning up debris after an emergency is not easy but using storage can help make it easier.

Most of the time, the best you can do in an emergency is to take care of yourself and your family. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to protect your property. So you’ll likely be looking at some damage in the aftermath. And after the emergency passes, post-disaster cleanup can begin. Here, too, portable storage can come in handy.

Keep your tools and belongings organized while you recover

It’s likely that you will need to do some work on your house after an emergency. Your belongings can get in the way of that. So while you’re fixing things up and remodeling, you can use storage to get your belongings out of the way of construction work. Finally, you can use portable storage to put away tools you’re using so they don’t get in the way or cause injury. These are some of the best ways that portable self storage helps during emergencies – by helping you prepare for emergencies and deal with their consequences.

Latest Posts

Locations Served


2902B Lincoln Way Lynnwood, WA, 98087


10750 Aurora Ave N Suite B Seattle, WA 98133


6868 Coal Creek Pkwy SE Newcastle, WA 98059


103 N Curtis Road Boise, ID, 83706