Storage In Plain Sight - By Tyler Woods

How do you conceal resources so an intruder won't see them? Try storing things in plain sight.

An old
soft drink machine, the kind that looks like a large refrigerator and dispenses cans, makes a great weapons locker. Anyone looking through your shop or garage would walk right past a machine like that, if it's not plugged in and shows no sign of active use. The great thing about these is they are very difficult to break into and when all the can distribution stuff is removed, they can hold a lot of guns, ammo or food. A weapons safe can be encouragement for determined thieves to work harder or apply extreme measures to force the owner to open it.

An old commercial
water heater can hold 80 to 100 gallons of gasolene and the valves can be made to look functional but deliver no product. If it's properly strapped to the wall of your shop, it won't give any indication of being full.

How about a
new plastic 500 gallon septic tank? Buried in your back yard, it will hold a lot of supply and few would ever think to pop the top of one of those to peek inside.

Many garages and shops have open frame walls. A 2x6 wall can hold a lot of food supply if you calk the seams well and cover it with something like OSB plywood to hang your tools on. The calking will keep the bugs and rodents out.

An old washing machine can store food or propane tanks and few will bother to remove the heavy “something” that's sitting on the lid. Just remove the outer shell from the inside 'works' and use it to cover your supplies. Stack something heavy on the lid and lazy searchers will pass it by without looking inside.

Even if your plan is to “bug in,” it's a good idea to store much of your food in small caches. If you are robbed, they likely won't get everything.

Consider burying your five gallon buckets of food at various locations around your property. If your home is looted, you can still dig up a good meal in the back yard.