When it comes to preparing for changes to your routine in a disaster, storage solutions become paramount to your survival plan.  If you have everything you need to take care of your family and your possessions, and no place to put it all, then what have you really accomplished?  Self sufficiency is only as effective as your ability to be organized and ready in the event of an emergency, so storage solutions should rank right up there with how much water you need, and where to meet family members when disaster strikes.

Preppers websites and blogs discuss what to stockpile in the event of a disaster, but the issue of where to put it all sometimes gets lost in the translation. Underground bunkers get a lot of attention, but for the prepper who is looking to create a lifestyle that is both practical (in the event of an emergency) and realistic (because you have to enjoy life in the meantime), storage barns and sheds can provide the additional space for everything from chicken feed to extra bedding to canned food supplies.

Typically there are three types of building materials used to build storage sheds and naturally, all three have their advantages and disadvantages.  Wood sheds are the most affordable, but unless the wood has been pretreated with heat resistant chemicals, fire is always an issue.  Metal buildings are an excellent alternative, although metal buildings can hold heat during extreme temperatures, creating a problem with perishables.  Vinyl buildings have more versatility but may not always be practical depending on where you live.

The good news is that wood buildings are modular and easy to assemble.  Wood barns can accommodate livestock, feed, farm equipment and seed; prefabricated wood cabins can be used as a portable hunting lodge, as guest quarters and even as an additional shelter.  Metal buildings have a number of significant advantages as well, including the fact that they an average lifespan of thirty years, and are built to withstand practically anything, from high winds to heavy vehicles.  In the event of an emergency, a portable workshop may be a vital part of your preparation strategy, since no one may be around to repair damaged homes or vehicles.  Because metal storage buildings are both secure and well ventilated, they enable you to work safely and in a controlled environment.  And because vinyl buildings are virtually maintenance free, you will have more space to store what you need, and in greater quantity, since vinyl buildings are typically built to higher height specifications.

It’s important to be aware of your objectives when selecting a storage building of course, so be sure to ask yourself what you need in the event of a natural disaster, and then, where you want to keep it.  Food and water are essential in an underground shelter, but you may also need access to a chain saw, a ladder, and an ATV, and portable storage buildings may just provide that solution.  If you need a place to store grain and provide shelter for livestock, you may need something as practical as a wood barn, but if you need a cost effective, storage unit for canned goods, generators and other essentials, then a metal shed or vinyl building may be just the ticket.  Because if you don’t have what you need to survive an emergency, no one else is going to provide it for you,  and that’s why you need to be ready with the right storage solutions.

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