A few weeks ago in Phoenix, Arizona, a family nearly lost everything they owned. Around 1 a.m. on a Thursday, a fire broke out in a parked moving truck. Firefighters said they arrived to see an obvious working fire in the moving trailer, and quickly worked to put the fire out.
(ABC15 Arizona’s story can be read here)
Though the firefighters were successful in putting out the fire, the household belongings inside the truck all needed to be removed from the trailer and were set in the parking lot outside before being loaded onto a new truck that arrived later. Besides the potential damage that occurred when moving the boxes – remember that your moving company’s professional packers and loaders know just how to load items into the truck to prevent damage – the items’ owners now have to worry about potential water and smoke damage to their items.
All of this was likely due to a single lithium battery that overheated.
“Just that little spark – if it sits over time – can cause a big problem,” said a Phoenix fire official, “and it did in this case.”
A small lithium battery nearly destroyed all of the family’s belongings. Thankfully the firefighters were conscientious of the situation and took extra care not to damage the items, but not all fires will be so manageable by the time the firefighters arrive.
Lithium batteries can be found in various items you are likely to pack: smartphones, watches, cameras, remote controls, etc. When packing items such as these, be sure to remove the battery first. If you cannot remove the battery, as is the case with many modern smartphones, you should not pack this into the moving truck.
If you are packing your items yourself, make sure you are aware of all the items you cannot and should not pack. We have made a graphic to show you what cannot be packed, and help you keep your items safe during transport.
You can download or print this list by clicking here.
Nate Kost began his career at JK Moving Services on the trucks as a moving helper. When JK found out he was looking for an accounting internship, the HR team reached out and let Nate know about an accounting internship available at JK. Now, Nate is JK’s Accounting Manager, and earned his Master’s degree through JK’s tuition assistance program.
It all started with a part-time job as a moving helper! We are glad that Nate took advantage of JK’s employee benefits, and could not be more proud of his commitment to growth. Listen to Nate tell his story in the video below.
If you are conducting a PCS military move (Permanent Change of Station), you may receive one of a few types of PCS orders. The government will pay for or reimburse military members for certain aspects of their PCS move, but each type has its own rules and regulations, so it is vital to plan your move according to the type of PCS order you receive. JK has moved thousands of service members over the years – including plenty of 3-star generals and admirals – so you can rest assured that we know all of the jargon used, and are experienced in being prepared for the unique challenges of military moves.
Personal and Dependent Travel
The government will cover you and your dependents’ travel costs from your current station to your new one. They may either issue you a ticket via common carrier (e.g. commercial airline, bus, taxi, train), or provide you money to travel via your privately-owned vehicle (POV).
Household Goods (HHG) and Vehicle Shipment
The government gives you a weight limit based on your rank and family size, and allows you to ship that amount of your household goods to your station. This does not include your Pro-Gear, the professional equipment pertinent to your duties.
Dislocation Allowance (DLA)
DLA will partially reimburse you for relocation expenses. It is not meant to cover the full cost of relocation; it is intended to cover aspects of the relocation not covered in other PCS orders.
Temporary Lodging Reimbursement
Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) and Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) are similar programs meant to partially reimburse you for additional costs you incur from house hunting or living in temporary quarters. TLE is mainly used in CONUS (Contiguous United States), while TLA is used OCONUS (Outside of CONUS).
During your PCS, stay in contact with your PPO (Personal Property Officer) and military move coordinator to be sure you understand what type of PCS order you received and how to effectively utilize it.
To request JK Moving Services as your carrier, use the designation code JKMS or contact JK’s Government Services business unit. You can also view JK’s terms to know for military moves to stay informed of all the acronyms and military jargon used during military moves.
NOTE: These rules are regulations can routinely change. We recommend speaking to your PPO or a professional military move coordinator to stay up to date with any rule changes.
Guillermo Hernadez began his career at JK Moving Services in 2005 as a warehouse helper. He quickly developed a reputation as someone eager to learn, always taking on new responsibilities. When the IT department noticed that the warehouse was requesting far less technical help than usual, they discovered it was because Guillermo was assisting them with any minor technical issues. Understanding that Guillermo was already unofficially functioning as an IT professional, the IT department at JK offered him a position in their team.
Guillermo’s story is a great example of “together, we succeed,” one of JK’s enterprise core values. Hear Guillermo’s full story in the video below.