Emergency Supply Sheds - Tips on Creating an Emergency Supply Storage Space
By Florin Ciobanu
Whether we like it or not, emergencies happen all the time. In some areas of the world, emergencies in the form of natural disasters are actually somewhat common. We live in places where there are forest fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and all sorts of other things that come up on a regular basis.
Now, creating an emergency supply storage shed is one way to be prepared for when these things come up. It may not help with all types of disasters, but it can help more than you might think for most situations.
An emergency supply building doesn't have to be very large, just large enough to hold supplies for your family is all that's needed. You'll want to use a sturdy shed for this... one which can withstand heavy winds if needed. If possible, try locating your shed away from the house a little, so it won't be in jeopardy if the house catches on fire. You'll also want to try and choose a high ground location so everything will be OK in small floods, and if you can put the shed near a natural windbreak, that will help guard it against the heavier winds.
Your emergency supply shed should have a supply of drinking water. Usually a minimum of three days worth is best, and you should have at least one gallon per day per family member and pet.
Your supply shed should also have some easy to eat foods too. Dried and dehydrated foods store best, but you'll also find things like nuts, trail mix, and protein bars can come in handy too. Anything which you might take on a long camping trip will usually keep well in an emergency supply storage.
Get a fire proof and water proof lock box to put copies of important papers in. Some of the copies you'll want to keep in here include driver's licenses, birth certificates, and emergency phone numbers for family, insurance companies and so on. Keep copies of your insurance policies here too, and you may save yourself a lot of time and hassle later.
Don't forget to also store flash light and batteries, extra clothing, and sleeping bags or other warm blankets too.
A metal storage shed would make a perfect emergency supply storage.
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