"It's a fine line between preparedness and paranoia." -Adria Burns, "Meet the Preppers"
_Hide Your Stash!
YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG
There are a lot of preppers out there who are only too happy to show off their caches and stashes, either on their websites or on Youtube videos. (Pot calling kettle black, I realize that.) Usually the tour of the prepper's stash includes a spare bedroom, basement, or garage which is stacked floor-to-ceiling with five-gallon buckets or wall-to-wall shelves piled with goods. I always cringe when I see people prepping in this misguided manner. There are a lot of problems with prepping this way, which I'm only too happy to relate:
- Any time somebody stops by your house and gets an eyeful of your larder, whether it's the plumber or the electrician or the babysitter, they're going to think you're crazy now -- but after SHTF, they're going to remember where you live.
- If you have all your food stored in one handy location, it makes it ever so simple for starving vandals and desperate looters to walk right in and help themselves, loading up their trucks and wiping you out in one easy afternoon.
- If your stuff is sitting on a shelf in its original packaging, and a single bag of rice or box of macaroni gets infected with grain moths or weevils, that infection is going to spread throughout ALL your rice and macaroni and everything else.
- In an earthquake, everything will be dumped onto the floor into a huge mess, especially if you store a lot of stuff in glass jars.
- Broken plumbing, shattered windows, or holes in roofs anywhere above your preps will allow water to drench everything below the break, ruining it with mold.
- If you have to bug-out in a hell of a hurry and you want to pack as much food as possible, you've got to round up umpteen gazillion sturdy boxes or containers first.
It's far safer to use basic principles of covert prepping. I've been a prepper for many years, yet there isn't a single place anywhere in my house - not a cabinet, cupboard, closet, bedroom, or basement - where anyone could find a single clue that I'm a stockpiler and have a hefty hoard of goods stashed in my home. Please read through the following pages for ideas on how to do so.