Where to Store Emergency Food
Having and emergency food supply takes a weight off of your shoulders. You may never need it, but it will prevent you from worrying about survival should you experience a natural or man-made disaster. That ease of worry is worth every ounce of food, but if you aren’t storing it properly, your worries are not over.
Storing Your Emergency Food
There are many ways to store your food, and your worries should surround keeping that food secure, convenient, and safe. Here are some things to consider.
- Moisture: Many times, people store emergency food in a basement or cellar. It is out of sight but secure and available. However, any below-grade area is susceptible to moisture. Likewise, any areas that are at-risk for flooding or where there is standing water should be avoided to avoid food mold, mildew, and rot.
- Temperature: Excessive heat can break down food and reduce its longevity. Temperature fluctuations also limit shelf life. Instead, opt for places that are cool and have a steady temperature.
- Rodents and Bugs: One reason to store food inside is that there is less of a likelihood that bugs or rodents will get into it. If you are storing it outside, makes sure you monitor the site periodically to check for infestations. A seemingly secure building can succumb to the sneaky little critters of the world.
- Convenience: You want to be able to forget about your emergency food storage, but you also want it accessible in the event of an emergency. Don’t store food in your mini-storage where you won’t be able to get it in an emergency, but it doesn’t have to reside in your pantry next to your daily food supply.
Where Will My Food Be Safe?
- Basement: It is a good idea to store your emergency food in your basement as long as you eliminate the risk of moisture. Do not set it on concrete, as this will draw moisture up from the concrete. It should always be shelved, and a dehumidifier in the basement is a good idea.
- Garage: Like the basement, the garage is an acceptable place to store emergency food. The risks involved are rodents, moisture (from concrete floors), and temperature. If your garage is climate controlled and you enter it regularly, it is a good place to store food.
- Bunker: If you have a Conex box buried in the ground as an emergency shelter, then we probably don’t have to tell you how to store food. Still, make sure it is cool, dry, and pest-free.
- Cellar: A cellar is traditionally used to store food because it is cool year round. As long as your food is shelved and moisture is controlled, rodents shouldn’t be a problem unless you don’t have it sealed correctly.
- Closet: If you have an upstairs closet available for food storage, it is probably the best option. It’s dry, temperature controlled, and shouldn’t have any pests.
- Storage Shed: This is probably the worst of the places to store food, but it understandably is the only option for some people. Shelving and monitoring is the key to success for storage shed emergency food. You keep it high, and water won’t reach it, and if you monitor the area, you’ll notice any pests. If you cannot control extreme high temperatures, don’t store your food here.
- Tim Anderberg