Throughout the country, we all look forward to the warmer months, but for many states, that time also means storms. As you move out of spring, consider the ways you can organize in anticipation of such weather conditions. The following tips for stocking a storm shelter should help you prepare for the worst-case scenario.
As you decide which food items to stock in your shelter, aim for non-perishable goods. Canned goods offer the benefits of metal product packaging, such as durability, protection, and preservation. They’re easy to stack, the food stays fresher longer, and you won’t accidentally break or open them. If you’re stocking perishable items, try to rotate them out regularly and reach for the things you eat most often.
We all need water to survive. Worst case scenario, your shelter is buried under a pile of rubble. Do you have enough water to hydrate everyone in the shelter for days? Water lasts, so keep more than you think you’ll need.
You must account for anyone who could be in there with you so that you don’t get stuck having to ration it. The average person would need three quarters of a gallon of water a day. The minimum would be three liters, and that would be difficult to survive on and would depend on the climate as well.
Stock Camping Gear
Storing camping gear means you would have everything you need to sleep outside. A sleeping bag, easy cookware, a heat source, and a light will help you through a night spent underground. If you can stock some extra blankets, add those as well.
Stock First-Aid Kit and Safety Gear
Fully stock your first-aid kit with pain relievers, bandages, splints, braces, antiseptic, tweezers, instant cold packs, heat packs, and anything else that would help in the event of a disaster. Other, more serious equipment related to safety would be a fire extinguisher, safety goggles, and even helmets or hard hats. You must gauge the likeliness of a serious storm in your area, but they are unpredictable.
Consider also storing extra sets of clothing, layers, and items for different temperatures. Safety gloves can help, especially if you have to dig your way out. Additionally, store a set of secured tools. You don’t want them flying around in high-speed winds, but if you need that equipment, it should be available.
There are many tips for stocking a storm shelter worth considering. Even if your area hasn’t seen many devastating storms, it doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Preparedness is key in allowing you to gather yourself and your loved ones without worrying about the shelter being ready.