How to Protect Food Storage from Flooding

Getting your food storage in order can be a lot, and if you have a larger family, this can be a problem. Even when stocking up on basics is something that you’re going to need to invest in, and it can cost a lot of money. But, what happens if the disaster you were preparing for wipes out your food storage as well. A bucket of wheat that’s flooded won’t help you, and it feels like a double loss in those cases. There is no way to completely prevent this, and you can only do what you like and then prepare for the best, and here, we’ll discuss some preparatory steps to help minimize the damage to your food storage items as well.

First, is don’t assume it’ll never happened.  This can happen anytime, anywhere, and even if your home is outside the flood plain, rain gutters and water heaters can leak.

Next, perform maintenance on your home, and clean out the rain gutters, affixing the extenders to the down spouts in order to keep the water away from the window wells. A few years of rain can cause clogging, and the water will seep through the seal around windows to the flooded areas of the basement. Always be aware of the arrangements of the city, and make sure to work on runoff water that you find in your city’s municipal plan when there is flooding that’s imminent. You should make sure that your water heater works too, and you should make sure that you replace this every decade or so.

Next, look at storing the items correctly, and try to keep them out of the basement.  Sometimes, simple shelving works too, and if the flooding is only a few inches, try to keep everything off the floor so it’s not in a puddle. Try to use plastic containers for everything too.

After a flood, insurance companies will declare items a total loss, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking at the food items and checking. Sometimes, you may get lucky, and if you have retort pouches, this can withstand flooding. If you are worried about bacterial contamination from floodwater, boil this before you eat in order to kill every single germ that’s out there.

Finally, if you’ve lost everything, you should try to rebuild this.  It does happen, and while it stinks, you should try to save as much as you can.

You’ll be amazed at how much you can put together again.  You’ll be amazed at how helpful this can be, and who knows, maybe down the road if someone else has actually experienced this kind of thing, you’ll be able to work on trying to put your food storage back into place. It isn’t easy, and it can be quite troublesome too.

These steps will help with minimizing the damage on small-scale flooding. Even if you do lose it, try not to panic, but try to work on getting everything back that you can. Even if you feel like the preparations created a total loss, you might be able to fall back onto this later on, and you’ll be able to use your food storage efforts for good in the future as well.

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