A question about your caches and stores.
Across the board (and the pond) I read with great delight that more and more people are putting time, effort and money into prep supplies.
Food, Fuel, Water, Medical, Maintenence, Logistics, Communications, Reference and Security subjects being addressed in sensible and prudent style.
But ( and please correct me if i am wrong) but I am detecting a few cases that cause me concern.
(1) Dates and Ages
(1) People bulk buying their food, fuel, medical TIME SENSITIVE gear all at one time, which can often mean those supplies become life expired all at the same time. I have just heard from a friend who bulk bought ALL of his AA, AAA and CR123 Lithium batteries in 2012 and now they are all just about life expired which means a big bill to replace.
I have read of people buying assorted bulk food stuffs from one supplier all at the same time thus meaning stuff like their bulk rice, grains, powdered eggs all need replacing at the same time. And should that batch of supplies be defective you lose the whole lot.
I strongly reccomend getting your supplies in over a prolonged period from various sources and if it suits you, different brands. Then EAT the oldest foods first, use the oldest batteries first, the oldest meds the oldest fuel etc. and buying different batches with different dates from different stores also reduces the risk if you are unfortunate enough to buy a bad batch of something.
BUY WHAT YOU EAT AND EAT WHAT YOU BUY, rotate your stocks so the freshest gear goes to the back of the shelf., and only buy foods and brands you actually like and prefer.
(2) Where are you storing your supplies, again I am hearing some alarming stories.
So it is highly preferential you dont put all your eggs in one basket, literally. IF you can do not store all your supplies in one location, if there is a fire, flood, riot, quake, etc you could very easily lose everything instantly. Try where possible to store your essential supplies in multiple locations, even within your home by spreading your supplies about, it is better than having them all in one cupboard or larder. Even better if you can divide your supplies at assorted locations such as work, the cabin, in an insulated trailer, or even at a neighbours place.
(2A) Guys unless you attic / loft space is weather proof and totally insulated dont store FOODS, MEDS, or perishables in your roof space, temp variations in roof spaces can vary by 100 degrees in some places.
(2B) Going to the other end the Outhouse, Cellar or Garage, unless it temp and humidity stable dont store perishables in those places also
(2C) Never store FUEL or Chemicals in the same place as Food, Water and Med supplies (or cleaning materials)
(2D) If storing bulk water never stand plastic containers directly onto the floor ESPECIALLY if its concrete, Insulate with wood, carper etc because chemicals in the concrete apparently can leach into the stored water ( I dont know the chemistry but I’m told its true). Also water does NOT go off but it does go stale and cab absorb chemical from the air and storage container. So its wise the empty, rinse and refill the water containers a couple of time each year.
(2E) Dont store anything on the upper shelves that could ruin the supplies underneath if it leaks.
(2F) dont store glass containers high off the ground in quake zones, Also consider stringing elastic shock cord across each shelf to hold containers in place if their is a quake.