These Are the 7 Things I Keep in My Basement for Disasters

Making sure everybody in your family has a bug-out bag is good, but taking advantage of your basement is even better. In the event of virus pandemics, hurricanes, tornadoes, riots or other disasters, a basement emergency supply can help you survive for two weeks or more. Here are a few basement basics:

1. Non-Perishable Food

Right now, it makes sense to have a good stock of canned goods. Here are the best non-perishable items to have on hand:

  • Peanut butter

  • Vacuum-packed nuts

  • Dried fruit

  • Canned tuna or chicken

  • Canned soups

  • Powdered milk

  • Canned vegetables

  • Sealed packs of whole-grain cereals

Many of these items can be eaten straight from the container without worrying about heating. Canned food is relatively easy to store and provides important nutrients in the case of natural disasters. Plus, having enough to eat gives you an edge in survival situations.

2. Vitamin Supplements

A good supply of the most important vitamins fills in for any missing nutrients and keeps your family strong and healthy. This can make a huge difference during extended food shortages, such as following a severe hurricane or EOD event.

3. Bottled Water

Water supplies are often severely affected after disasters. Flooding can make local water unsafe to drink. How much bottled water should you store? Keep at least one gallon per person, per day. A family of four needs four gallons a day.

Have enough bottled water for a minimum of three days. If possible, keep a larger supply in your basement to last a week or two (two weeks x four gallons a day = 56 gallons). Buy 5-gallon and 10-gallon water bottles to save space.

4. Prescription Meds

There aren’t many ways to get around taking medication if you need it to control high blood pressure or diabetes. How can you avoid having to go out to buy medicine during a virus outbreak or civil unrest? Keep a two-week supply of your family’s medications at home. Most meds last at least six months.

5. Money

Paper money may not have a ton of value after the fall, but right now it’s essential following natural disasters. There may not be a working ATM to get money from for weeks. How much should you safeguard? At least enough for a week’s worth of normal expenses. Use smaller bills ($10s and $20s) and keep your stash spread out in several different places.

6. First Aid Supplies

Most people try to avoid the hospital during virus pandemics. Of course, in major emergencies, you may have no choice but to go to the ER. However, for smaller cuts, scrapes and injuries, a well-stocked first aid kid for preppers may help you stay away from sick people in public. Include antiseptics, bandages, antibiotic creams, burn creams, pain pills and anti-diarrhea meds.

7. Generator

A high-quality generator can be a lifesaver if storms or riots cut the city’s power. This is especially true if you live somewhere with cold weather. Have a backup generator with enough output to power at least your heater and fridge in any emergency. Dual-fuel systems can run on propane or gasoline in a pinch.

Always personalize your disaster list to your family’s specific circumstances. If you live in Florida, for example, add home-repair supplies (and plenty of duct tape) to your list. Be ready for the unexpected.

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Carla - July 16, 2020 Reply

Sounds like good survival prep advice!

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John - July 16, 2020 Reply

Thank you for this. I’ll be sure to use this for future reference.

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