Letter Re: Storage Options–Hidden in Plain Sight

Dear SurvivalBlog Readers:
How do you conceal resources so an intruder won’t see them? Try storing things in plain sight.

An old soft drink machine, the kind that looks like a large refrigerator and dispenses cans, makes a great weapons locker. Anyone looking through your shop or garage would walk right past a machine like that, if it’s not plugged in and shows no sign of active use. The great thing about these is they are very difficult to break into and when all the can distribution stuff is removed, they can hold a lot of guns, ammo or food. A weapons safe can be encouragement for determined thieves to work harder or apply extreme measures to force the owner to open it.

How about a new plastic 500 gallon septic tank? They will hold a lot of supplies and few would ever think to pop the top of one of those to peek inside. (I borrowed this idea but it’s a good one.)

Many garages and shops have open-frame walls. A 2×6 wall can hold a lot of food supply if you caulk the seams well and cover it with something like OSB plywood to hang your tools on. The caulking will keep the bugs and rodents out.

An old washing machine can store items like food or propane cylinders. Few burglars will bother to remove the heavy “something” that’s sitting on the lid.

Even if your plan is to “bug in,” it’s a good idea to store much of your food in small caches. If you are robbed, they likely won’t get everything. – Tyler W.