Four Letters Re: A Twenty-Something EMT with Limited Preps Storage Space

The recently-posted letter “A Twenty-Something EMT with Limited Preps Storage Space” is something that a lot of us apartment dwellers struggle with all the time. I read and re-read the article several times.

She never mentioned about space under the bed. I jacked my bed frame up, quietly mind you, with cinder blocks. Not only do I have a whole extra foot of height worth of space. I also have a bed where as I am not climbing out of but am sitting up and sliding off. Makes a big difference in the morning at least for me.. Between my headboard (also sitting on blocks) and my bed sits 4 weeks of freeze dried rations in various totes. Underneath my bed sits 20 weeks of MREs also in various totes. Just be ever mindful of the blocks by wearing full-toed slippers around the bedroom. You mindlessly kick your foot under the bed and might very well need a paramedic.

Also I just finished reading this book.Long Term Survival in the Coming Dark Age” by James Ballou. It covers how to successfully bury your stuff, what to bury, how to bury it, and what skills one could use in a post SHTF scenario. I found it to be an interesting read. Although I already know the basics of survival caching. Still a nice overview. A good Cliff Notes-type book. (Clear, precise and straight to the point )
Also have other thoughts of continuing education in the EMS field. Depending on where you live. There are many private ambulance companies that will pay for your on going education while you continue to work for them while going to school. Personally for me nothing reinforces my book learning like having repetitive hands on experience. May take longer to get to be an EMT-P . You defiantly have EMT-P experience by the time you achieve EMT-I status. And the money saved could be used for prepping because well we are running out of time. – Scott V.

Mr. Rawles,
I’m a long-time reader, but I’ve never written before. I wanted to reply to the EMT in a slightly different way than you did. The contingency lockers are a good idea, but something I would look at in
her area is (besides her boyfriend) other people who have the the same kind of forward planning outlook, and to network with them. Michelle is an EMT in training to be a paramedic–exactly the set of skills many of would need WTSHTF. Yes, she does want to have a BOB ready to go, but if she were in my area I’d set aside food and goods
for her in exchange for her professional services. In fact, I’d start a fund for the equipment and medical supplies that she would be trained for but might not want to have to lug around everywhere. Perhaps the makings of a small clinic can be set up before the Big Day.
Sometimes we forget that what we have isn’t as important as what we know.
Keep up the good work, Mr. Rawles!


SurvivalBlog Readers,
This is in response to the twenty-something EMT. I agree with Mr. Rawles on his ideas for your storage problem. Also , perhaps since your mother and her new husband are no help to you in your storage, maybe your boyfriend and his parents may help until you two marry and get your own place. It is worth a try. As far as funds, or the lack thereof., any is some, but none is none! My wife and I have been married a little over 10 years now. We have a son who will be 8 in May. Until recently we would have been one of the huddled masses. But we both saw the need to prepare for BAD times. We do not have a lot, but it is all ours. Our home was a wedding gift from her parents, for which we are both grateful. It is a small home, on a concrete slab, no basement, no garage, and only a garden shed of about 230 sq. ft. We both work jobs for poor man’s wages, but we still find a bit of extra cash here and there to add to what we have on hand at the time. For instance: While her employer does nothing special for the employees at the holidays, mine does a catered dinner at Thanksgiving, and gives each employee a $20 gift card to the local chain grocery. And about 1 month later, another dinner for Christmas, and a $100 cash bonus. I take both the card and the cash, and use them for our preps, be it beans, bullets, or band-aids. I get something we need or can use.

During the year I do small odd jobs for family and friends, and any cash they give me for that or for gifts goes to buy preps. As for storage, space at our house is at a premium, but we do the best we can with what we have,and we look for useful things and space for storage wherever and whenever we can. For instance: {Locally]. we have a annual [curbside] junk [collection] week. Recently I found a 5 shelf bookcase someone threw away. The only thing wrong with it that I could find, was a one-inch chunk of wood missing from the base. I put it in this tiny extra bedroom we use as our catch-all / computer room, and I filled it with books and pretty “dust catchers”. We soon after, ran out of space in our tiny pantry for any extra food. I boxed up the contents, and put it in the shed. Now, by my best guess, we now have another week or two of canned and dry stock food stores for the three of us, and a bit extra for any family or friends if need be. Remember, any is some, but none is none! Do what you can and keep your eyes and ears open. It will surprise you what you can do when you try. Recently, Mr. Rawles asked folks to send in some quotes for his Quote of the Day. My wife has one that she uses from time to time, and I shared it with him,s and I would like to share it with you. “All you can do, is all you can do, and that is all you can do.” So do what you can when you can, but do something and you will be better off than a lot of folks when things do go bad. Good luck, and may God bless you in your preparations. – Dim Tim


Hi, Jim,
You had a letter from ” A Twenty-Something EMT with Limited Preps Storage Space”. I also have very limited storage space, so thought I’d share a couple of ideas.
First, about half of my clothes closet (which is five feet wide) is filled with stored food in plastic tubs, and camping gear.
Second, for a desk I have a 30″ wide door blank on top of a file cabinet and another small cabinet. There is space behind the two support cabinets for my water bottles.
Third, I put my twin bed up on top of a nine-drawer dresser (the mattress is on a piece of plywood, which is fastened to the wall). Not only do I still have my original dresser plus the nine-drawer one, but I also have an eighteen-inch wide space under the bed, behind the dresser. Access is a little difficult, so I don’t store things there that I need to get at frequently, but there is quite a bit of space.
And fourth, because my closet juts out into the room, the door is in an alcove. This is a newish manufactured home with ‘cathedral’ ceilings, so the ceiling in the alcove is high. I put a small loft up there to store some things I don’t need very often (such as my suitcases, which could also have stuff stored inside of them).
This room is only about ten by twelve, and (going counter-clockwise from the door) holds an old blanket chest (full of preps); the bed on top of dresser; the 30″ x 70″ desk with a bookshelf on top of it; my grandmother’s old treadle sewing machine; a tall bookcase; the closet; a small floor-cabinet with my medical supplies in it; my old four-drawer dresser; and some hooks on the wall by the door. There are also four, four-foot shelves on the wall above the bed (I don’t put anything heavy up there, because we are in an area which can have earthquakes.)
It takes ingenuity, but it is possible to store a lot in a small room, and still be able to live in the room! (I share the room with my two large dogs at night, too!) – Freeholder