It’s always a good idea to be prepared in case of emergency, this is why many people have begun keeping an emergency food stash in their homes. The purpose of a home emergency food stash is to ensure that in case of natural disaster, power outage or other catastrophe, your family has enough food and water to last for several days until emergency help can reach you or be reached. But the problem is, many homes do not have enough space or cupboard space to store all of the extra food and water that would be needed to take care of their families for several days.
If you are lucky enough to live in a mild-climate area without extremes in heat or cold, then you can purchase a storage shed or other type of outdoor storage container for your family’s emergency food stash and supplies. While this wouldn’t always be the ideal scenario, if it is placed close enough to your home, you should have no major issues reaching it in an emergency. Using space in your family’s carport or garage is always a good option, as well. You can put shelving or cabinets in place for canned goods, bottled water, emergency first aid supplies and other items to see your family through an emergency.
If you live in a very small home or apartment, without an option for garage or carport space and outdoor storage containers are not an option, consider turning one closet or cabinet in your home into an emergency pantry. You can even divide up your emergency food stash and other supplies to make them easier to store. For example, put bottled water under one bed in one bedroom and boxes of canned goods under another bed in another bedroom. Use the space you do have wisely.
An emergency food stash is important and can be a true lifesaver for your family in a catastrophic event. Even using plastic tubs or other storage containers will work. Simply stack them in a corner of one or two rooms in your home - keeping them out of the way, yet easy to get to in an emergency. If nothing else, purchase an old dresser or other storage furniture, put all of your emergency food stash into this and set bottled water in cases on top of it. It’s better for your emergency food stash to take up a bit of space than to be without in a disaster.