Storage of Emergency Supplies
Some families prefer to store their emergency supplies in 1 location. Choose a place in your home, which would be relatively safe in time of an earthquake (such as a closet, under a bed or in the garage). The perishable supplies will remain stable longer if stored in a cool, dark location.
You might need individually oriented containers. To have enough supplies for 7 days, each person in your home may have their own in their closet.
Be prepared to camp out in your back yard and/or walk to a safe site with your family.
Covered Trash Container Method
A suggested method for storing emergency supplies is to place them in a large, covered trash container. They can be layered as shown and all kept together in the large covered container. Plastic containers come in all shapes and sizes. They’re water and rodent proof and are fairly durable. Choose the size that suits your needs. Be sure the container comes with a securing lid and preferably on wheels for easy transport.
*Note: It is best to store plastic water containers on top of the contents rather than on the bottom, where they could possibly crack and leak from the weight heavy objects placed on top of them.
Shut off gas only if you have good reason to suspect a leak.