Disaster prep can be a daunting prospect. Several many questions must be addressed before spending money willy nilly. If you are considered a Senior, some of the questions change.
You might be retired. On a limited income. Statistically of reduced health and likely w/more medical needs than twenty years ago.
And yet you may have other people in your life for whom you feel responsibility; children, grandchildren, perhaps even aged parents.
Another aspect that pops up a lot is space. Space to put all the items collected against that Desperate Day. Where do you put half a ton of number ten cans and gallons of water, hundreds of rolls of toilet paper, and all in a budget?
Food Storage can take a lot of room. As a retired senior, living in a small apartment, creative ways to hide it in plain sight might be important. Some will take exception to a few of these methods, but they are merely offered as ideas.
A collection of cases of number ten cans could be stacked and covered with an attractive cloth. A piece of plywood with a cloth could extend over the edges if you wanted foot room. Even a sheet of glass could be used for a table top, the boxed cans making a fairly sturdy stack. This could be done as a coffee table, game table, or even a dinner table.
A wall or corner of a room could be attractively “curtained”, or one of those zigzag room dividers stood up, and a stack placed behind it.
Adding a couple bricks under each foot of a bed can raise it enough that the cases of cans can fit under the bed. This allows for an enormous, normally untapped storage area.
Some people set up a limited selection of food storage just for the most extreme of emergencies. They have no intention of using it up and cycling it around. This kind of storage could be put in very awkward places such as under a house in the crawl space. Add some extra tape to the boxes and drag them under, (it is not called a “crawl space” for no reason). But remember that attics are much too hot for storage of this type.
These solutions presented are by no means definitive, just things to think about. In the future we will address space, appearance, protection, and cost.
Oh, and if you have urgent questions that cannot wait until they might show up here, please feel free to E-mail your questions. We may be able to help you. You would likely then be the inspiration for the next column. Thank you.