A Woman's Perspective On The Times We Live In


March 21, 2012

Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

     Yesterday, I observed a conversation among a group of Preppers; one person was focused on food storage, another one on communications in a grid-down situation, and still another on firearms and self-protection.  But one voice stood out and offered a scenario that rarely gets mentioned  .....  is it wise to keep all of your stored items in one location?
     Simply put, say that one of the recent tornado victims in the South was a Prepper; they had ample supplies of stored food, camping supplies, fuel and firearms/ammo.  If their stored items were all located at their house, which was wiped off its foundation, then they lost all that they had prepared, for just such an event.  BUT if they had planned ahead and stored a portion, or even half of their supplies offsite, then they still had something to start over with.  At the very least, they would most likely have food, clothing, shelter (tent), a means to hunt, and a way to cook food (camp stove).
     One of the ways you could decrease your liability would be to store part of your larder at a relative's house, or rent a storage unit for a nominal monthly fee.  Then you have lessened your chances of a total loss; it is unlikely that both locations would be completely destroyed.  Of course distance is a primary factor.  You need to make sure your second location is within an easy traveling range.  It wouldn't make sense to store part of your larder so far away that you can't get to it, should the crisis be one where transportation is limited.


     Another possible solution is an underground storm shelter.  Personally, this is on my "wish list".  These small concrete or fiberglass "bunkers" can be purchased and act as a modern day root cellar for storing food, and double as a storm shelter during tornado and hurricane season.  They are not cheap, but offer you the ability to keep your stored items close at hand.  This might not make sense for people who live on small lots in the city, but if you have any kind of acreage, they are something to consider.
     If you live in the city, I might recommend 55-gallon barrels, tightly sealed and insulated.  You will need to check your water table, etc., as spelled out in this thread from a survivalist forum.  I am not an expert on this method, so please do your own research.  But this is really just a variation of the old-fashioned root cellar that our grandparents used, so it makes sense that it could serve as a secondary location for storage.
     And one more thing to consider:  should there be any kind of crisis, whether it be weather-related or due to civil unrest, you would not want to publicize your second location.  Looting and crime are unfortunate by-products of such events, and if you want to secure your prep items for yourself, or family and friends, then keep the fact that it exists to yourself.  You will stand a better chance of having the supplies you need, when you need them.

Isaiah 25:4     "You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.  For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall."

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