Disasters: Another reason for tiny houses and less stuff

Another horrible disaster has devastated a part of our nation. After the floods of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria we now have windblown wildfires destroying parts of Northern and Southern California. These occurrences can be difficult to avoid in some places, but having to face them head on or see them play out on the screen should get many people thinking about how to adapt to a situation they have little control over.

The California fires have destroyed around 5,700 homes and businesses.

Not everyone is going to leave behind their homes, animals and possessions and jump on the tiny house bandwagon. However, having a mobile tiny house full of only the things you need and really love could have huge appeal to anyone who has faced or has been very close to a disaster. The idea that you have a little more control over what you own and what you can carry with you is a powerful prospect.

What if everything you owned fit inside a tiny mobile dwelling?

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

When I go through and declutter my own stuff, I ask myself several questions:

“Will I miss this item if a fire takes it from me?”
“Why should I buy this thing if it can be destroyed in a flood?”
“Is it worth it to store this item if a storm rips it from my grasp?”

These are some sad and potentially pessimistic questions to be asking. However, it does keep me from accumulating too many immaterial objects. It also keeps me from falling too much in love with what I decide to keep—this includes my own house.

An ESCAPE Traveler XL recently survived Hurricane Irma in Miami.

The ESCAPE tiny house company’s Traveler XL model recently survived the 100 mph winds of Hurricane Irma with no damage. One of the models was located near Miami on a piece of property with a traditional home. That home was damaged, but the XL was not. It wasn’t even strapped down. Not all tiny homes or tiny home owners will be this lucky, but there is the option to hook it up and tow it and your family out of danger. Just be sure to be ready for any situation with a ready-to-go tow vehicle, an evacuation route, and for those unforeseen cases, tiny house insurance.

There’s something powerful about being able to save your home and belongings from disaster.

 

Featured photo by Mint Tiny Homes

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

 

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Bruno L - October 16, 2017 Reply

The tiny house is a great opportunity when you meet with nature disasters or wanna see the country.

Cinny Bun - October 23, 2017 Reply

It’s a nice thought, but disasters (and pets) are actually what keep me from going tiny. I live in a hurricane prone area, and while I could purchase the tiny home of my dreams, I have nothing to tow it with. How hard would it be to find someone to tow my home to safety in chaotic traffic on short notice? I could go small enough that my vehicle could tow it, but then my pets would not have enough space, and I wouldn’t either.

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