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Hiding Your Backup Supplies

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Often there is so much to take in that if a disaster in our country actually took place, we really might overlook the reality of it all. Too many web sites make it appear as though all you need to focus on is stockpiling all your prepping supplies in a corner in a basement. It is out-of-the-way and be kept in an organized manner. Got plenty of beans, rice, oats, so forth and so on. Hey I even got the tool to grind up the corn and wheat. Got a calculator to count up what food intake will be necessary. Give me a break.

I eat every day and don’t even think about what I need to maintain my body. I put it on the plate, mix it up, and down it goes. Instead of worrying about calories and protein, worry about variety. I have over sixty different meals that we can use and guess what, no burn out on what we will be eating. That simply means that I would only have to eat any one meal about five times a year. Breads, pasta, meats, juices, beans, rice, so forth and so on. The nutrition of a meal should change per meal so that we are taking in different amounts of calories, protein, vitamins, and other needed factors to maintain a well-balanced life style. Okay, enough said on that.

I am an old country boy who has had the worst of time and the best of time. However, I do know one thing that a lot of preppers believe that they can hold off any attack they might encounter. Wrong. Wrong, and double WRONG. It won’t happen. Regardless, one factor will still remain. No matter how well you think you are protected and barricade in, it will be overran. These people coming into your area are looking for a means to survive. They won’t care about you, your assets, or how well you believe you can hold them off. There isn’t a brick wall that I can’t get through. Vent pipes can be plugged. A home is just that. A home. Remember that many of these looters are people with skills. They just didn’t prepare. It is life or death to them. Oh, sure, you might take out a few, but you will be overtaken. Regardless, one factor still remains. Your supplies, food, water, and all that you have struggled to gather and maintain will be compromised.

My personal opinion lies with the concept that no matter how well your defense is, you will be over ran by looters, rioters, or whatever. Even if you were able to survive the first wave of attack, what makes one believe there won’t be another and another. If you are that determined to protect what you have, I as a looter, will use common sense and realize that you have something worth guarding. Now my determination will even be more stronger to get what you have. Spread the word and now the group has grown. You have something to offer my group so they will aid me in my venture to raid those home that are well guarded.

Those places that are barricaded will not hold up. Even if they have no other choice than to burn you out, you will get out. Groups will band together because they believe you have something to offer. Then it happens. You are overtaken by the sheer number of attackers. What now? Everything you had has been taken by the looters. Your food, your water, your tools, your seeds, your solar power equipment. Everything. It couldn’t happen but it did. We just didn’t look beyond the limit of our stronghold. So now you, if you are lucky, are placed into a bug out scenario. Now what? The entire nation is overrun with people looking to survive.

Ammo Crate Utility Box with 7.25″ Deep, Large, Dark Earth. With some care, this could make a great cache container.

There are over three hundred million people living here in the United States. Millions of people will be venturing out. Oh, sure, many will be dead by this point, but only those that were weak at the beginning. Again stay focused. There are plenty of redneck country folks that can survive longer that your typical run of the mill city folk. Oh yes and lets not forget about the cousin that lives about ten miles down the road. Getting there is one problem but after you get there, are you sure they have not already been compromised or what makes a person think that they won’t be later?

My neighborhood alone will be gone through several times. Other groups of looter will be forced to check out already looted areas simply because they won’t know what is there or what has been taken. They are looking for that ever so small morsel that may sustain them just a little longer. Folks, it is not going to be a bed of roses.

So what can we do? I, like many others am stocking up, however I am going to the point of hiding a large supply of the items needed underground now and in the future to survive. No, not in my back yard – my eggs are not in one basket. I am not going into detail about the process of hiding items underground nor am I going into how to prevent any form of damage to these items because search the web site and pick and choose.

Hiding your backup supplies

My largest focus on this article is the process of hiding your backup supplies. Some close. Some far away. But Hidden so that you can find your supplies later and use them for survival. What may work for one person may not work for another, but the main concept is to hide a supply just as big as what you may have on hand.

Mono Vault 107, Black, Dry Box Cache Tube, 10.5" diameter x 7" high

Mono Vault 107, Black, Dry Box Cache Tube, 10.5″ diameter x 7″ high

There are many sites that give good sound advice but the most dangerous part of surviving will be in the first month on and up to I would think somewhere in the time frame of six months. Now don’t get me wrong, that does not mean that I or my family will be living in the wilderness. Could be the case don’t know, but hopefully we will be able to return back to our home regardless of the damage that may occur. All is gone but guess what? All I need is a shovel and I am back in business. We will have to keep a lookout for the next group but at least we have shelter and food to maintain our survival. Just something to think about. The longer you are able to survive could make things easier due to the fact that as time passes, more of the threat will be gone. At some point, your life will be to adjust to replenishing your supplies not protecting them.Don’t limit or for even one moment think that you have all the answers. Be prepared and hide.

Mono Vault 107, Black, Dry Box Cache Tube, 10.5″ diameter x 7″ high

If fact, if you have not planned for after a year down the road, you may not even survive then. Food, supplies, tools, clothing, and the list goes on will be needed to continue your survival. Do you have back up electrical or solar power hidden? Remember you lost all you had. Do you have a back up location for your hunting gear, your planting needs, your canning needs, your heating supplies. Bury and bury and bury. You don’t have to bury deep. Just deep enough to maintain a good temperature that can be maintained and keeps your supplies dry for an undetermined about of time. Most of all hiding in places that will not be found. Off the trail and in well hidden areas camouflaged to look just like the surroundings. In other words don’t place a sign above it and tell they world there is something there. Make sure the top can withstand a good amount of weight. Cover well and the ground cover must be blended into what already exists. It will be a lot of work. Sure will be, but just add up all the time that you put into what you don’t have now.

I like everyone else don’t have all the answers. Anyone who thinks they do, will be the first to go. No one really can tell it what it is going to be like before, during, and after such an event, but we who are preparing need to take in account the “what if” train of thought. The law of “if it can go wrong, it will”, will be the largest factor we will all have to face. Give yourself the flexibility to survive from different routes.

This article is not complete by any means. It was written just to throw out another view to aid others in planning about their survival. A well planned program can go up into smoke. If you plant a garden, do you plant just one stalk of corn? One tomato plant? One carrot? Why not? Same applies to idea of prepping. If you are not overtaken at the beginning of such an event, then guess what, you now have twice as much to survive on. That sounds great, but the question still comes into play. What if you don’t?

HIDE, HIDE, HIDE.

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  • James E Bailey

    The writer obviously thinks most preppers are stupid because he assumes too much. Playing the devil’s advocate is fine but he should at least think that most are intelligent people and have thought things out. For one example, some people hide their supplies in areas that a normal person won’t ever go because of the natural geological dangers involved in getting there and then having to look for those supplies which would be very difficult and be putting their lives in grave danger just looking in those types of areas. The expenditure of their energy would not be worth it either. They would probably die of starvation before they ever got close to the hidden food. Most looters will pick the easiest target just as burglars do now. All crimes are crimes of opportunity and if there is no opportunity there will be no crime. One should NEVER hide or cook their supplies where they intend to live so there would be no reason to have to protect their domicile because there is nothing to protect besides their own lives. I personally intend to look for supplies as do the looters and use my own only if the necessity arises. For example, I consider my hidden food supplies back-up for when I can’t find any more.

    • BobW

      Curious that your approach to prepping for something catastrophic happening is to loot others. The prepper-looter. Love your police support avatar coupled with the idea that plan A is to loot.

      • James E Bailey

        I never said I would be looting. I said “I would be looking for supplies as the looters do.” One could reasonably assume that I would intend to barter or buy otherwise I would have said “I would loot as the other looters do.” Sorry you misunderstood my meaning. I would shoot to kill if someone tried to loot my supplies and would expect the same from them if I looted and I don’t have a death wish. BTW, that is not a police ‘support’ avatar. It is a law enforcement identification symbol; thin blue line (red for firefighter).

        • BobW

          James, I’ll back up here, and play nice. I’ll assume that the english language eluded your grasp last night.

          When one says “I personally intend to look for supplies as do the looters…” Another reader can only take it that you will be looting. You didn’t say “I’ll barter, beg, or buy stuff like decent people.”

          One would not reasonably assume that “I personally intend to look for supplies as do the looters…” means you will barter and buy merchandise.

          I don’t assume you are a bad dude. Your words and your intent didn’t meet on the screen, that’s all.

          As for the law enforcement identification symbol, you might think it identifies you as a LEO, but 90% of America see it as a symbol of support for LEOs. If that’s the case, I’d strongly recommend you find something else for an avatar. Think OPSEC. IMO, LEOs need to adhere to the grey man philosophy moreso than mere minions.

          • Gus Mueller

            NWA had it right so many years ago. FTP.

        • Gus Mueller

          Yeah dude, you do sound like a looter. What do you plan on “bartering” with?

      • bilejones

        Isn’t the main function of the police to loot the taxpayer?

    • Alex Johns

      By first “find” you mean you’ll first loot others. If so, you’re a scumbag and deserve to be killed.

      • Guest

        Try to relax, Alex.

    • Alex Johns

      Sorry, I didn’t see that you previously clarified your comment.

      • Gus Mueller

        “Clarified” = “got called out”

  • need coffee

    This is not the first time I have read about hiding extra supplies yet my concern is still the same; someone other than me finding my buried treasures! Sometime before SHtF a guy is out with his metal detector and ding ding ding a prize! Or how about a really good rain storm that soaks into the ground washing away your stuff? The idea sounds good to me in theory but I’m not taking the risk.

    • BobW

      There are risks associated with both caching and non-caching strategies.

      On the non-caching side, you are all in. There is no plan B for supplies. Options are: A: die in place, and try to hold what is yours; and B: true bug-out with but the shirt and pack on your back.

      On the caching side, the risks are: increased procurement costs, reduced stocks at home, someone discovering your loot, water ruining your cached items, forgetting where you buried your shiz.

      While I like a lot of what the author says here, I disagree with the idea that you need to double your stores, unless of course you only have 30 days food on hand. IMO, caches should be plotted along your emergency evacuation route, but only enough of each type that you can throw it in backpacks and keep moving. Other than your BOL, caches should help you get to your intended BOL, not be more than you can carry.

      One must take a good look around their environment, and determine honestly, how defensible your location really is. I’d be surprised if more than 2% of the prepper community really has a truly defensible location. Like the author stated, where there’s a will, there’s a way. ALWAYS. Will it really matter if you hold off three waves of bad guys if the fourth kills your entire party because you have no other options but to die in place?

  • Huples

    I agree with the author except I’m not using large caches except on my two properties.
    I live small town near a major city so putting small amounts into the ground in many places is easy. The cache idea is sensible given some scenarios. I’m also planting a few secret gardens around the area.
    As for looters I get it but it depends on the scenario. i am more concerned with fire taking out my main supplies which are in my basement.

  • Richard Walls

    Mr. Bailey. I do not think that most preppers are stupid. In fact, just the opposite, however if you read and go through a lot of site you will see stockpiles in the basement, under the bed, in a closet, and such places. All is fine and well. i am only adding an alter method to think about in advance. That is why I said don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Also there are a small percentage of people that do hide their supplies. I am only pointing out that I really believe that everyone should. Also you mentioned about you would also loot. If you would and know more than most people about prepper, how many other people may have the same mindset as you. When I am speaking about large burial sites, I am talking about items like generator and fuel. All the others would be like a three day supply in another area and i would have ten or more hidden in all different location away from each other. I am a hunter and fisherman, so I know the wilderness pretty well in my area. Again research more site and you really don’t see anyone speaking about other idea. Thanks

  • Heff

    All due respect, but I must disagree with the author’s main assumption. I do not believe ‘most’ people/looters are going to try and over run a well equipped homestead that is fortified and defended. And here’s why; most people are lazy, disorganized and looking for the easy way out. They will not organize when the shtf into some sort of ‘looters army’. They will look for the easiest way possible to survive. Yes, they will be hungry and desperate, but they are not going to take a bullet ( or two) when they can just move on down the road looting the easier targets. The only time I would be worried is if it got so bad that military or law enforcement personnel ‘went off the reservation’ and began to loot and steal.

    • Bolofia

      I think that you may be overlooking the degree of desperation that will happen during the first two or three weeks following a SHTF situation. A hungry person or group will not be deterred by the walls of your house, especially if they have weapons. Visualize a group with M-15’s and .308’s sitting a couple of hundred yards from your property. How many incoming rounds are your prepared to withstand before you decide to exit out of the back door?