Stocking survival supplies to keep your family safe during a natural disaster or some other event gives you peace of mind, but it doesn't take long for the supplies to take over your space, especially if you live in a small house or apartment. A good solution to the storage problem is to rent a self-storage unit from a facility like Carolina Self Storage. Here are a few things to consider when storing survival supplies in a location other than your home.
Choose Location Wisely
One big advantage to having survival supplies in an off-site location is that you have backup to what you keep at home. You may have enough supplies to last your family for several months stored in your house, but if your house is taken out by a tornado or flood, you lose all your supplies. Also, having supplies in another location allows you to quickly leave your home or work and get out of the city during the early hours of the event instead of wasting time loading up supplies. You may want to consider renting a storage unit that is close to your bug-out location, or at least choose one that is on the route between your home and your survival cabin. You don't want a storage unit in a location that causes you drive out of your way, or go through heavy traffic, to load supplies during an emergency, or you may lose valuable time getting to a safe place.
Consider Climate Control
A climate controlled storage unit costs more, but it is worth it if you plan to store goods for the long term. Food in cans, bottles, and tubs will last longer if they are not subjected to extreme temperatures. A climate controlled environment is better for all your gear. It's important that everything is in good shape and ready to grab and go in an emergency. You don't want to open the storage unit and find your tent is covered with mildew or that temperature and humidity swings have damaged your electronic equipment. A climate controlled unit keeps your supplies dry and safe from extreme heat and freezing.
Avoid Storing Perishables And Flammables
The first thing you want to do when shopping for a self-storage unit is to find out what is allowed in the unit. Perishable items like bags of potatoes or even big bags of dog food may not be allowed. Food will attract rodents and bugs that could become a big problem for the facility, and the pests will destroy your stash. If you plan to store food, it should be sealed and non perishable. One option that may work is to place big bags of dog food, dried rice, and other staples inside large metal trash cans with lids that shut tight.
Your facility may or may not allow firearms, so be sure to check first. However, gasoline will probably be prohibited at any facility because it is a fire hazard. If you plan to store off-road vehicles, an RV, or a boat at the storage facility to use for getting out of the city, be sure you have a plan for getting gas because the facility will probably require the gas tank to be drained before the vehicle is stored.
A self-storage unit is a good way to keep your supplies protected and safe when they are not needed. Hopefully, an emergency will never arise, and you'll never need to use your supplies, but at least you know your family will have food and other necessities if your supplies are held safe and secure in a storage unit.