Which places to store emergency food do you use?
You've been taking time to gradually build up your canned food storage, but now you've run into a problem: you've reached critical mass! The amount of storage you have (or need to have) exceeds the amount of available space in your home. Where's it all going to go?
The answer is as unique as your personal preparedness plan. Here are a few ideas that will help you find a place for all that food.
1. In the Ground
Sometimes, the best place to store emergency food is where it came from in the first place. Plants like carrots, potatoes, and radishes can be left in the ground over the winter and pulled up as needed. Just make sure your local critters have started hibernating for the winter first!
2. Building Food Racks
A very popular way to store emergency food is to keep it on racks. This has numerous benefits over simply piling it up:
Your food will be easier to store and access
You’ll be able to easily see what supplies you need to restock
Depending on how you construct your storage racks, it’ll be easily to cycle through your food storage and keep it fresh
How about having food racks like this? Survivalist living doesn’t seem so bad! Source: http://waterstoragerack.blogspot.com/
There are lots of different systems and methods for building (or buying) food storage racks in your home, so there’s plenty of room for personalization.
How about having food racks like this? Survivalist living doesn’t seem so bad! Source:
A very popular choice to store emergency food is to use cabinets. Though installing these takes a little more time, money, space, and planning than racks, cabinets do have a few added advantages.
First, they're usually more attractive than having your food storage sitting out (although if you have a dedicated pantry for emergency supplies, this isn't an issue).
Second, if you live in an earthquake prone area (such as Southern California), a closed cabinet will prevent your food from rolling off if there's a major earthquake. You don't want to have broken glass preventing you from safely accessing your food!
If you do go the cabinet route, remember that you need space to open your cabinet doors. Sometimes a rack is the better choice. Evaluate your personal situation and decide for yourself.
4. The Space Between Your Studs
If you own your home (as opposed to renting), you’ve got a ton of space that’s relatively unused. Those of you in the mood for a project can store emergency food in the spaces between your studs. That’s right: the very walls of your home will provide your family with protection from emergencies.
5. Under Your Furniture
Finally, you may be sitting on a treasure trove of space and not even realize it. Your couch, beds, and other furniture could have enough space underneath to store emergency food.
Sometimes, such as in the case of the couch, you may need an extra inch or two of space above the floor to securely store food. Simply adding some spacers to the bottom of your couch legs will allow you to raise it just enough to place you canned storage underneath.
Do you have a favorite place to store your emergency supplies we didn’t mention? Please share it with us by leaving a comment!