Having a robust stock of supplies isn’t enough.
You need to constantly be managing your supply or else your prepping will go to waste.
Here are the things you must remove from your stockpile.
Being prepared is a good thing, but collecting a bunch of items and letting them rot isn’t going to do you much good when an actual emergency hits.
Here are some items you need to get rid of if they haven’t been stored properly.
First, toss out old gasoline.
Gas is a great survival item to have, however, it has an expiration date.
Untreated gas is only good for a maximum of six months, and perhaps as little as a month if stored improperly.
A good practice is to make sure you’re constantly cycling through your gas so it’s never sitting stagnant for months at a time.
Similar to gasoline, kerosene should be handled the same way.
Kerosene comes in handy for powering lamps which can get you through some frightening power outages.
Make sure you’re rotating your kerosene so it’s not sitting idly for too long.
Condensation can also be an issue for kerosene, so keep that in mind when storing it.
While canned goods typically have a long shelf life, don’t assume they’re going to last forever either.
Check the expiration dates so you’re not storing incredibly old food.
It’s just not worth the risk.
If you come across cans that are dented, leaky, rusted, or puffed out, discard them immediately.
Botulism is always a concern with canned foods, so don’t take chances with cans that don’t look right.
Botulism is caused by a toxin created from bacteria that leads to paralysis.
Don’t gamble on canned foods that are suspect in any way.
Similarly, toss foods that haven’t been stored properly.
If the power goes out for an extended amount of time, toss foods that are in your freezer.
Never re-freeze them under any circumstances.
All that will do is preserve the bacteria that likely formed during the outage.
If you have freeze-dried meals, which is a great way to build a robust stock of food, make sure you store the packages away from direct sunlight and in an area that doesn’t experience extreme temperatures.
If the meals have been baking in the sun, toss them out.
Finally, be careful with how you store bottled water.
It’s easy to assume that it’s safe to drink so long as the seal on the bottles aren’t broken.
However, storing bottled water in a garage near solvents, such as paint thinner, can create problems.
The fumes can do damage to the bottles.
Also, direct sunlight and dramatic fluctuations in heat are not good for bottled water in the long run.
If your water isn’t stored in a cool, dry place away from solvents, you may need to dump your stock.