Getting Prepared Week 22: Under the Bed Storage for Survival Supplies

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There are so many types of horrific disasters that it is easy to forget about some of the more common crisis situations such as power outages, fires, windstorms, sickness and more.  Although the severity and consequence of these situations may not be as devastating as a life-taking and destructive earthquake, flood, or tornado, they are stressful none-the-less.

I know I am preaching the choir (my readers) when I say that when disaster strikes, it may be difficult to think as quickly as you would like.  Therefore, the more procedures and preps you have in place, the greater the likelihood of an effective and efficient response.

Today I would like to suggest that you utilize the space under your bed as a storage area for some survival supplies.  Why under the bed?  In a panic situation, you and your family members will know where to go night or day for basic survival supplies.  No digging around in closets, going to the garage, getting down in to the crawl space.  The ultimate goal would be to have enough on hand under the bed to give you time to rationally think through what is happening and prepare the best and more thorough response tactic.

We are not talking about a years worth of food and water here (although a day or two’s supply would be good).  Instead, we are talking about essentials that will help you cope in the short term such as:

  • Flashlight, light sticks, batteries – Essential if the power is out or the crisis occurs at night
  • Bottled water and protein bars – You want enough to get through at least a 12 hour period.
  • Two signs:  OK or HELP – Have two signs with bold letters.  This will assist rescuers and first responders in doing their job.  You might want to have a third sign that says INJURED.
  • First aid items – don’t forget that you can use band aids to hang one of the signs in the window
  • Prescription medications – A one or two day supply
  • Sturdy Shoes plus socks – To protect your feet from broken glass.  Also to provide protection if you need to go outside and seek assistance
  • Work Gloves – Same as above.  Will protect you hands from glass and chemicals plus assist in removing debris either indoors or out.
  • Hardhat – To protect you from falling objects such as bricks, trees, siding and more
  • Self-defense items – Pepper Spray or even a baseball bat will ward away intruders
  • Copies of important documents – Emergency contact information, identification, medical history, etc.  You can store a lot on a flash drive.

This is just a starter list.  Remember, what I am suggesting is not a replacement for your bug out bag.  Instead, it is a quick, easy sneezy storage location to find things you need while you give yourself an opportunity to gather your wits, assess the situation and prepare a more thorough response to your crisis or disaster situation.

Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!

Gaye

Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day:  HDMI cables, especially at brick and mortar stores, are expensive to the point of being ridiculous.  As far as I can tell, generic cables work just as well and cost a fraction of the price.   How can this be?   Well, unlike analog signals that can degrade over distance or with a poor connection, digital signals are either on or off.  Either your HDMI cable gives you a perfect digital picture or it gives you nothing.

So where to buy?  I have had luck on Ebay but of course, my go to vendors is Amazon for HDMI cables.  Check out their Amazon basics line – yep, Amazon has joined the ranks of private label vendors.

 From the Bargain Bin:  Today I feature some of the suggested items for your under the bed survival supplies.

Flash Drive:  Check out this Kingston Digital DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 – 8 GB Flash Drive for $11.99 with free shipping and frustration free packaging.  I can’t believe how cheap these drives are getting.

Pepper Spray:  This is another can’t be without item.  I have them stashed all over the place.  This one is is less than $10 and has high ratings:  SABRE Compact Pepper Spray

Hiking Boots:  I personally own two pairs of these Timberland boots.  They are over 8 years old and are still sturdy and dare I say? like new and comfy.  I do believe there is a man’s version as well.  (And yes, sometimes I do my hippie imitation and where my boots with skirts – I will need to take a picture to share someday LOL.) Timberland Women’s Nellie Premium Ankle Boot

Flashlight:  This is the flashlight I love so much. The AMAZING 95 LED Aluminum Flashlight

Emergency Essentials is a great source of food for long term storage as well as supplies.  Their monthly specials are especially good.  Shown below are some of the June specials.

Doesn’t this look good?  During the month of June, the price is reduced from $72.25 to $59.99.

The June savings is $10 off on this sleeping bag.

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

And, if you have the bucks and the space, I highly recommend a water barrel (or two!)

55 Gallon Water Barrel

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Getting Prepared Week 22: Under the Bed Storage for Survival Supplies — 7 Comments

  1. Excellent list, SW! It always pays to be prepared, especially while asleep. Waking to an uproar can be disorienting, so anything close at hand is far better than it being in another room. As for myself (and much to the chagrin of Mrs. Rob) I keep a Mag-Lite flashlight; .380 auto S/A pistol w/an extra magazine (no small children are in the house); cellphone on a charger; O/C spray; bluejeans and comfortable western boots; along with many additional useful items stowed in a travel bag that I keep in the closet closest to my side of the bed. My four-year-old male German Shepherd also sleeps on the floor at the foot of my bed, and he is, without a doubt, my best early warning and initial defense system.

  2. Since my place was built as a retreat, storage is not a big issue for me. But I have a daughter who lives in an apartment in a city. She has a bug out bag and some other nice to have items in her closet. I sent her your link with the suggestion she read the article and see if she wanted to make any changes to her current set up.

    • Your daughter is already way ahead of her peers in the city. You should be proud. BTW, to me, the real value of blogs and social networking is to spread the word and share the knowledge, one email at a time.

      — Gaye

  3. Great list and advice!

    As I mom to many children, something occurred to me as I read. If these are kept in children’s bedrooms, I’d suggest that the kids are cautioned that this not a “I’m bored and hungry kit,” but rather something they may NOT touch unless in emergency or direction from parents. I have this image in my mind of a child sent to his/her room for naughtiness having a grand time eating, drinking, and applying band-aids to every inch of their exposed skin! It could happen in our household! 🙂

    Great site. I’m looking forward to reading more.

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