“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, author of “Self-Reliance”
Most of us who are dedicated to getting prepared have already made a start on our survival food supplies, but where should we put them? Storage is a critical component of preparedness too. While it’s simpler to keep all your emergency supplies in one place, you should make sure they are accessible when disaster strikes. Having survival food in your closet or under the bed won’t do you any good if you can’t get to it. Below are some suggestions that we have come up with.
Make a Tactical Plan
Where will you and your family wait out the emergency? Organize your emergency food and supplies caches accordingly. For example, if your retreat will be an outbuilding or other remote location, make sure to store supplies nearby.
Outsmart the Weather
Choose weatherproof containers with your climate in mind. If you have lots of rain, for instance, don’t use a metal storage locker that will rust. Heavy-duty plastic rain barrels with lids work well as buried cache containers. Emergency food supplies packed in stackable plastic totes are suitable for long-term caching too. Keep in mind that small creatures like mice can contaminate poorly stored supplies.
Track Your Caches
If you’ve ever misplaced something, you know the value of keeping detailed records. Map out the locations of your supplies so you can find them even years in the future. Tell family members, too, so they can help locate your caches when needed.
Dividing up your survival supplies into several caches helps keep intruders from wiping out your stores all at once. Take into account that canned and packaged foods from the grocery store do not stay fresh nearly as long as dehydrated and freeze-dried foods, which can last as long as 25 years. So do your homework, and choose your food stash with longevity in mind.
Your emergency food supplies and survival items are only as useful as they are accessible. Make sure that you are able to retrieve them in a crisis by caching your supplies near your emergency retreat or en route. What are your storage strategies? We’d love to hear about them!
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