Why would I want my survival stuff spread around?
Have you heard the term, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket?” Well, the same could apply to storing our survival stuff.
Think about any of the personal disasters that you are preparing for. Fire, Flood, Tornado, or even burglary or vandalism. Any one of these could destroy your home (and your emergency preparedness supply) but leave a barn, a storage shed or neighbor’s house standing. These are the events we are planning for and all our planning could be destroyed in an instant and we end up in the exact situation we were trying to avoid.
Here are a few of the things I do to spread things around:
Send a copy of personal information to a relative to put in a safe place: I have sent my parents a copy of my personal binder (in paper form as well as the electronic version). This binder contains all my family account information, insurance information including agents name and phone number, copies of birth certificates and pass ports and our wills. My parents keep it all in their safe deposit box.
Spread it around the house: The food that you have open to use in the kitchen (remember, “store what you eat and eat what you store”). I have water under the master bed, in the office and the pole barn. My home canned goods are in the guest closet. I store my emergency tools in the garage and have my 72 hour pack in the front closet. This way if I lose part of the house I still have reserves in another part.
Swap long-term food storage space with a neighbor: I have a reader that actually swaps emergency preparedness storage with a prepper neighbor. She tells me that way if by off chance something happened to her house and storage there would still be emergency food available for her and her family.
Rent a storage unit: This is an option that would cost you money, but if you have a fear that something could happen to your house or your stockpile at your house you can rent a storage unit that is heated and cooled. In a SHTF situation I am not sure you would have accessibility to a storage unit, but in the case of personal emergencies it would be there for you.
Build a Root cellar: many people have built their own root cellars. This is a great way to store the season’s harvest. If you choose to store other things like important papers make sure you vacuum seal them in plastic and put them in a pest free container before storing so they are not destroyed by mold or critters.
The Barn: is a good place for your non-food emergency storage. Tents, tarps, tools, generators, etc.
Buried in a cooler: Most coolers have plastic side that prevent deterioration and usually have a pretty good seal on them. I don’t recommend storing paper money or important papers this way, but if you do be sure to vacuum seal it in plastic first.
In the Car: In the form of an emergency car kit.
Fire proof safe: if you choose to keep all your important papers at home I would recommend a fire proof safe. These puppies protect your belongings up to 1850’ F (1010 C).
Safe deposit box: This is the safest place for your personal papers and valuable belongings, BUT if a disaster happens and you have no access to a bank you will not have access to these valuables. If you do this at least keep copies of the originals at home in a fire proof safe.
Vacuum Seal and Place in a Freezer: This is one of the first places intruders look, but it protects things from possible elements (floods, hurricanes) because of the seal on the freezer.
Vacuum seal any of your important paperwork to protect it from any water damage. To protect even further… vacuum seal it and then store it in a metal container. This protects it from water AND Critters.
Self-defense weapons should be stored around the house as well as in the barn or garage. You never know when you might need them.
Don’t store all your survival stuff all in one place. There
are safe and secure ways of spreading your emergency supplies around so you don’t end up unprotected and unprepared.
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