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Storing emergency supplies can be daunting. Even if you find the room, you have to make sure it’s accessible when disaster strikes. That means you first have to identify the types of disasters that are most likely to occur in your area, then the place in your home where you spend the most time (which will allow the easiest access to the food) and finally, an area large enough to store the food and still have easy access for rotating it in and out of the storage. The place should be cool and dark to make it even more difficult.
If you live in an area prone to tornadoes, you won’t store food in the same area as you might in a flood zone. People that have earthquakes topping their list will need to make provisions for solid foundations beneath the food and bracing each shelf, while also adding railings to prevent food from easily sliding. Here are some ideas you might use, depending on your situation and needs.
Under the Bed Storage
You’ll be amazed at how much room you have to slide carriers filled with food under the bed. Even if under the bed isn’t a good place for your storage based on your needs, you can transfer other items under the bed in “under-the-bed storage containers” and use the freed space for food supplies.
Furniture with Storage
Yup, there’s coffee tables that open up for storage and a number of other pieces of furniture that do. I found a bed I loved because of its unique storage capabilities. It was built on a pedestal and had support arms for lifting and keeping it held high. Underneath the mattress was built a whole storage area with shelves and drawers suitable to fit your needs. Of course, it was supposed to be used for clothing, but I think it would make a great food storage area. If you sleep alone, food would be close by when you wanted a midnight snack.
Line a Wall with Shelves or Put Them Atop Existing Cupboards
Many people have that empty space above kitchen shelves that are wasted and could be a good way to store more food. Accessibility is more limited, so make sure you have a handy kitchen step stool tall enough to allow you to rotate food. You can use simple metal shelves against a wall in a storage room or clean out a closet and line the area with shelving, making it your stockpiling area.