Preppers are people who are prepared for survival during a natural or man-made disaster. They have food, clothing, water and other supplies needed for survival.


Some preppers have root cellars, basements, hidden rooms and sheds. However, a practical option for many, especially those living in towns and cities, is rental storage facilities.

We are not here to explain exactly what you’ll need in your supplies to survive a disaster. However, we can help with tips for storing these items so they will be in good shape if you and your family need them.


Food: keep moisture and oxygen away. Freeze-dried and dehydrated food in large #10 cans is suggested. Store these cans in a controlled temperature and humidity environment. To store your long-term foods in an area where you cannot control the environment, pack your #10 cans in 55-gallon, food grade poly drums.


We are talking long-term storage so take time to do it right. Wash the drums before using. Dry totally. Place cans in layers inside the drums. Use industrial-grade plastic wrap to create three or four layers around the top. Press the lid down. Plastic wrap the drum’s lid. Place the drum’s seal ring around the lid. Label each drum.


Now to the storage facility and place your drums leaving a small space between each one for air circulation. A dolly is your friend and have a partner to help stack. Leave enough distance between the rows of drums so you can get to them.


You can also store canned foods, water, clothing and critical everyday items. Check prepping websites to learn what to store and how to properly prep it for storage.


Two major positives to a storage unit is the capacity you can store and having everything in one place. Using the barrel system, a lot can be stored in a relatively small space.


Contact the Store-All Family for more details and tips for your storage.

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