People use storage units for everything. One thing you may have not thought about using your storage unit for is a backup place for storing emergency food. Imagine living in a small apartment with a tiny kitchen. You do not have any extra room to store water bottles and canned food for an emergency situation. A storage unit can provide you with a backup plan. If you are going to use a storage unit to store emergency food, it is important to keep these six SAFETY tips in mind.
S - Start Building Up Slowly
The goal of storing emergency food is not to break the bank. Start out slowly and build up the amount of emergency food you have by just a few cans or a couple bottles of water every time you go grocery shopping. There is no reason for you to struggle to pay for the additional food when the whole purpose of the food is to be a safety net.
A - Always Staying Organized
Store your food wisely in your storage unit by keeping similar foods together. This is going to make it easier to find something, and it will make it easier to keep track of what you have without having to go digging. You may even consider keeping a written list of everything you have and when you purchased it.
F - Foraging For Emergencies
The whole point of storing your food in a storage unit is to have an extra layer of protection for emergency situations. Imagine your house flooding or catching on fire and you losing everything. With a storage unit packed with emergency food, you do not have to worry about not having food.
The key to making this work is to avoid the temptation to store a lot of your emergency food inside of your home. It makes sense to have a small supply inside of your home in case you get trapped in your home and cannot get to your storage unit. However, you do not want to risk losing tons of your backup food in a flood or fire because you stored it at home.
E - Expiration Dates
Even canned food has an expiration date. Periodically, you need to check the food in your unit and throw anything that has expired away. Keep track of your expiration dates and move the food to your house or give it to someone before it expires, so it does not go to waste.
T - Taking Health Into Consideration
Emergency food does not have to be junk food. Remember to get some canned vegetables and fruits while you are shopping. There is no reason you have to sacrifice your health just because you are eating emergency food.
Y - You Always Need Water
Do not forget about bottles of water as you go shopping, because you never know when you might find yourself in a situation without water. Have some water stored to give yourself peace of mind. It never hurts to store a few other liquids,such as juices, as well.
Just keep these SAFETY tips in mind, and you will have a nice supply of organized emergency food tucked away in your storage unit for a rainy day. For more information about what you can and cannot store safely in your unit, contact a company like Canadian Stor-All.Share