In a previous article, we discussed the importance of food and water in the event an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) disabled the power grid.
In this article, we’ll discuss another topic that’s simple, affordable, and paramount for survival.
Like food and water, containers aren’t glamorous and never featured on the cover of your favorite survival / outdoor / hunting magazine.
When it comes to this subject, let me say this: the ability to put something into something else is crucial in a survival situation. Why are containers so important? I’ll answer that with a story.
Once upon a time I witnessed people living through a wretched civil war who were doing everything they could to survive. I’ll never forget images of people scrounging through garbage in order to have an item in which to store a resource.
Watching people exert so much energy collecting trash got me thinking. For us, it became a focal point in our home preparedness plan.
The moral of the story is this: fuel, food, water, etc. need a method of containment not only to collect resources but also preserve and organize what you currently have. So, let’s talk about a few things that need proper containers.
When acquiring fuel, using things like milk jugs and soda bottles are a bad idea because fuel can corrode them, causing a bad situation. Glass containers shouldn’t be used either because they can easily break. Whether you need to store gasoline, diesel, kerosene, etc., there’s a rated container for it. These products allow fuel to be stored in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. As with any survival situation, safety is crucial because emergency management services might be unavailable.
Over the years, we’ve acquired new fuel cans when they go on sale and keep them in storage unused. By doing this, we have the means to acquire resources should they become available.
Let’s talk about water. Of all the things related to survival, water is probably the most essential. Since humans require high amounts of H2O, the ability to keep it in larger volumes will make life more enjoyable in an emergency.
Designated containers for water are a must, particularly for health reasons. Drinking water that’s been stored in any old vessel isn’t wise. That’s why it’s good to purchase BPA-free bottles, jugs and barrels rated for water
Thankfully, there isn’t a shortage of companies that manufacture products to hold water. Whether you need something big or small, it’s out there.
Here, diversity is important. Small, medium and large containers are good to have. Smaller bottles can be carried by a person over extended distances and medium-sized jugs are good for home use or when you have a means of transportation (canoe, car, etc.). Water drums are also beneficial – as long as it has a stable and sturdy surface to rest on. Since a full 55-gallon drum of water weighs over 450 pounds, it needs to be kept from tipping over.
Something else that’s useful is an emergency bathtub water container which is a bladder that can be filled using your tub faucet. This way, debris and contaminants from the tub won’t get in the water.
For food containment and organization, one thing people overlook is the ability to keep it safe from the two R’s: Rot and Rodents.
Rather than putting packages of food in cabinets or on the basement floor, it’s not a bad idea to put it in something that makes it hard for critters to steal your precious reserves.
For some of our packaged food items, we placed them in Rubbermaid Roughneck bins or a Rubbermaid Action Packer. Rubbermaid Brute bins are also phenomenal. These units are high quality and will last a lifetime. I’ve been using them for years without a single complaint.
When it comes to canned items, we’ve had success with milk crates. Depending on the can size, they organize extremely well and are easy to transport.
For bulk items like rice and beans, I’ve seen folks put their food inside mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, which is then contained in a 5-gallon bucket. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but still haven’t gotten around to it (writing consumes A LOT of time).
Unrelated to an actual resource, let’s end with something else that must be contained: poo. Please know there’s a health risk if you don’t collect and dispose of human excrement in a sanitary way.
Since there’s a poop-ton of products designed to collect what the digestive system processed, there should be no excuse to turn your back yard into a number two landmine in the event house plumbing goes offline.
Over the years, we’ve been a fan of the Luggable Loo made by Reliance. They’re inexpensive and highly convenient. Feel free to click on some of the links.
No matter the intensity of an emergency, everyone will need containers. Thankfully, there’s many options – just remember to buy it now before it’s too late. What’s presented here are just a few ideas that cover only a handful of topics. Ultimately, it’s up to you to do what’s best for your family.