Homestead Storage: How to Prep Your Family for Natural Disasters

The three hurricanes, Irma, Maria, and Harvey, have hit different states in the country and left lots of destruction in their wake. Many people have been left homeless while others are trapped in their own homes. The one lesson that Americans are learning this hurricane season is that everyone needs always to be prepared for these disasters. One of the best ways to prepare for disaster is creating storage space within the home, and equipping it with supplies that will help you survive any disaster.

Use a Storage Unit

Using self-storage units is a great way to prep for any natural disasters that might occur. While these two areas may seem appropriate for storage units, like those at I-70 Self Storage, it is important to note that disasters such as flooding, will affect the entire basement and could even make it impossible to access the storage unit. It would be better to place have an additional storage unit on an upper floor of your house, or in the attic. The material used in making the unit should also be water and fireproof so that it can survive water and fire damage.

FamilyThe Contents of a Storage Unit

The supplies you put in the storage unit will determine how long you can survive in the house or other structure before the rescue teams arrive. Some of the things that are a must-have in the storage unit include a week-long medication supply, flashlight with batteries, First-Aid kit, blankets, clean clothes, toiletries, respirator mask, calorie dense foods, clean water, and a hand crank radio or a mobile phone. The unit should be checked and replenished every few months. If you have pets, it is also advisable to reserve a three-day supply of feeds in the storage unit for them.

Food, Water, and Sanitation

Surviving a disaster depends on three things, the availability of food and water during the time you are trapped and sanitation. When planning food to use in the storage unit, choose foods which can be comfortably eaten by all members of the family, require little to no cooking, meet the needs of the pets. Keep replenishing these food supplies when they get depleted.

Storage Conditions

To ensure that everything stored in the unit stays fresh or usable for a long time, you need to place the unit in a cool, dry place. Ideally, the temperatures should be between 40 and 70 degrees. Use waterproof and airtight containers to preserve the state of the supplies in the unit at all times.

When your storage unit is planned and installed following these guidelines, you will rest easy, knowing that in case of a disaster, you can at least survive till you get help



About the Author:

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

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