Being prepared for flood season is something to keep in mind this time of year. Even if you’ve never been faced with rising waters, it’s a good idea to be as prepared as possible. Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do to keep water from entering your home. However – there is plenty you can do to prevent the water from destroying your entire stockpile: From a simple baggie with a zippered lock to a waterproof container for storing large supplies. Here are some ideas on how you can save your prepper stockpile from being ravaged by mud and water.
Storing Food in Plastic Bags
Don’t underestimate the power of a plastic bag. While many don’t have the ability to keep out water completely, I’ve found that freezer zipper lock baggies do a marvelous job at preventing water from seeping in on the contents inside the bag. I double bag when possible.
Another fantastic aspect of these zippered bags is that they come in an assortment of sizes, which means I don’t have to break my supplies down into quart-sized quantities. These bags also come in gallon and 2 gallon sizes as well, so I can double bag my beans in quart-sized baggies and then store lots of them in one large bag for easier containment.
It isn’t exactly feasible to seal every bit of supplies I have in my stockpile, but the food sealer is useful to help preserve items I have in multiple quantities. The food sealer generally helps prevent damage to food by securely sealing it in plastic.
As long as there is an adequate amount of plastic sealed around the food (such as 2 to 3 inches on each side) the food should be water-tight. Leaving too little of an edge of plastic around the food makes it easier for water to work its way inside. Smaller items sealed with this little machine can then be stored in a larger zippered baggie or other water-tight container.
Waterproof Containers for Food Storage
While many are pricey, I don’t think there’s a reason to skimp on quality when it comes to my food supplies. Manufacturers have created many water-tight containers for all shapes and sizes of items. I’ve found the lock&lock storage containers to be waterproof and not very pricey either. They come in assorted sizes and it’s easy to identify what is inside each container, in case you forget to label them or your labels come off. You can also then place a large number of smaller containers inside a watertight tote, which can easily be stacked.
I know The Container Store sells these online in a few different sizes. Bear in mind, however, these totes are watertight and not waterproof, which means if your tote goes floating, it won’t keep the water out. As long as the stuff inside is secured in waterproof containers, however, the outer tote will at least make it easier to keep everything together.
Preparation is the Key
Utilize whatever water-proofing capabilities you might have. Even if you live in an area where you don’t think water seepage will ever be a problem, it’s better to be prepared than to have to deal with the aftermath. I used to live in an area where the river in the next county would flood every 20 years. The difficult part is that rivers aren’t capable of keeping track of how many years have passed and can decide to jump their banks when you least expect it!
How have you prepared your stockpile for mud and flood season?