Periodic Reminder to Check your Preps

This is a reminder for those of you that manage your preps by the season changes. Over at FaceBook I wrote this tonight, and thought I’d re-post here in case some of you don’t use FB.

I’d like to remind everyone that with the oncoming heat in the US, it is important to take stock of your vulnerable preps and where they are stored. Please check that items kept in garages, sheds and storage units are of the type not to suffer from heat. If so, move them into controlled storage inside your home or climate controlled storage. Also, in states where humidity is an issue, check that such preps are not subject to degradation due to moisture absorption. Wide swings in temperature throughout the day and night can lead to condensation which in turn may ruin paper products and metals not otherwise protected.

Check your food stocks for expiration dates, and reorder them so that the oldest is used first. Things that were bought over the last few months and quickly shelved for “later organization” should have attention given to them now. It helps to have a Sharpie marker with you to write expiration dates boldly on the fronts of cans, and even on the tops, if you store top down. Items that are in plastic or paper bags should be repacked into tight containers if available, or checked for bugs if not. Leave room for expansion, if possible.

If you have the time, this stock check is a good time to take an inventory. Pull it out, clean it off, count it and restock it. If your food stocks were bought on the “servings principle”, junk it, and switch to a calorie count method. Quality calories of the healthy kind will get you further when under stress, and purchasing on a calorie per dollar methodology will help you control your expenditures. An inventory at this time will greatly aid you in making this effective change.

Check saved fuel for proper storage. If you have a rotating method for cold and hot weather, get to it now. Fuel should not be stored indoors or near sources of ignition. Outside storage of gasoline is tricky, too, but better than inside. If you have questions about storing outside, get them answered now. Since local restrictions vary wildly, I can not “advise” you on what to do. But at a minimum, keep it well away from dwellings and locations where bad weather can cause physical damage to containers and tanks.

Bug out accessories such as trailers and special purpose vehicles need to undergo maintenance. Check batteries, tire condition and pressure and brakes.

Lastly, if you have the time left over, sit back and relax… considering what you have accomplished, and give yourself a pat on the back for any good work you’ve done. Enjoy the fruits of your labor, and live a bit. If you find it hard to get time for something as meaningless as personal enjoyment, make sure such time is scheduled into your prep calendar, and stick to it. Our lifestyle has its pressures, but if you can’t enjoy life, what’s the point?

Prep safely and wisely. Be sure you plan not just to survive, but to thrive inwardly and out.

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