Camping Gear to the Rescue – Part II
In Camping Gear to the Rescue Part I, we shared how camping gear can double up as emergency equipment in the event of an emergency. Below are more helpful tips on where to store your gear and how being familiar with camping is an advantage when unforeseen circumstances force you out of your home.
Storage location matters
Now you know how useful your equipment is, the next question to consider is, where do you store your camping equipment in the off-season? If it is deep in the depths of your basement or crawlspace, or in a spare room closet on the second floor, then it runs the risk of being inaccessible in an emergency. Instead, consider keeping it in a more accessible location should an emergency situation arise. Some garages are conducive for storing emergency supplies, but be sure your equipment is safe from critters and the elements. Keep it off the floor and away from dampness. The most ideal location is in a unit that is separate from your house, such as a shed. Even if the shed collapses, it will be easier to reach the buried supplies then if your whole house is in state that makes your equipment inaccessible. If you choose to store your equipment in an outdoor shed, then again, ensure that it is protected from both environmental factors and attempts from critters to make use of your supplies for their own purposes.
Care and Maintenance of Equipment
Take time during your last camping trip of the season to go through all your supplies. Make note of what needs fixing or replacing (are your stove elements all working? Do you need extra mantles for your lantern?). Ensure any required maintenance gets done before your equipment is stored away. When considering the purchase of new equipment (radios, lanterns, stoves, etc), compare products to see if one would be more useful in an emergency situation over another. Use camping trips to try out other emergency equipment in your supplies. Being familiar with your equipment is another important step in being prepared.
Campers have an advantage!
Did you know campers have an advantage in emergency situations because they are used to roughing it and going without the comforts of home? If you don’t camp, borrow some equipment from a friend and try it out in your backyard or in a nearby campground. This is particular advantageous if you have young children who would benefit from the experience. You may be surprised at how easy it is and suddenly the fear of the potential to be without a home in an emergency situation may seem less daunting. And who knows, you may discover a new recreational activity you and your loved ones enjoy!
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