The Survival Cabinet

A survival cabinet well under way.......

Over the past several weeks I have received many emails from people that have just “woke up” and discovered prepping. Many of these folks are moms and dads and just concerned about what the future holds and want to prepare in some way for their family. Most of my contacts stress they are on a budget and are starting from scratch.

One idea that some of them have started with is putting together a Survival Cabinet.

A survival cabinet well under way…….

A survival cabinet is merely a method which to organize supplies and take inventory. Typically the basics are stored with each shelf holding a category or two of supplies. Depending upon the size of the cabinet – a 72 hour “kit” can be assembled and put back quite easily.

Here are some examples of stuff to put in a survival cabinet:

– Food & Water: Canned items such as soups, beef stew, beans, fruit, vegetables, etc. that are easy to prepare are good choices. Military MREs are another good choice to throw in the mix. Additional food items like energy bars and hard candy are good additions. A few gallons of spring water can be stored on one of the shelves or possibly on top of the cabinet. A simple water filtration system is a good choice as well.

– Fuel & Light: Several flashlights and extra batteries are the basics to help illuminate when the power is out. Oil lamps, candles and matches are also good basics to have on hand. Fuel for camp stoves and oil lanterns should be stored here as well.

– First Aid & Medical Supplies: A good first aid kit as well as some compression bandages should be incorporated. I also like to keep spare bottles of hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol as well as a few boxes of band aides and misc bandages.

– Communications: Basics would include an AM/FM radio with extra batteries of course. Next up would be a pair of FRS/GMRS walkie-talkies – useful if cell phone service is down and someone takes a short trip up the road to check out the situation or visit a neighbor.

– General Supplies: There are numerous supplies to keep on hand that fall into this category. Here are a few suggestions

  • can opener
  • knife
  • eating utensils
  • pen/paper
  • ax
  • gloves
  • rope/paracord
  • tarps/plastic sheeting
  • duct tape/Gorilla tape
– Cooking/Food Prep: Many households have outdoor cooking equipment such as gas and charcoal grills. Depending on the nature of the situation these may or may not be available. Regardless – inexpensive camp stoves can be purchased and placed in the survival cabinet. These often are fueled by small propane canisters or liquid fuel. Store extra fuel. Plastic cups, disposable eating utensils, and paper plates are also useful.

– Defensive Preparations: Not usually included with typical 72 hour kits – defensive equipment and supplies can be stored in a survival cabinet. Firearm ammunition, magazines and other supplies can be kept and a one-stop location can be accessed. Notice I did not say anything about firearms themselves. Firearms and ammunition should be stored separately.

Putting together a survival cabinet is a good step to take when getting started in prepping.







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  1. Rourke, That is an excellent idea! I am so limited on space at my place and this is right up my alley. I am going to go to wal-mart and see what they have. I need a way to keep my prep’s organized and easily accessible. I have so much stuff now that I need some way of making sense of it all. Great Idea Brother!!

  2. Hey Rourke,

    Is your bottom shelf empty because you just haven’t filled it yet or is it empty because you can’t get your body to agree to bend over quite that far (the latter would apply to me – chuckle)?

    Don’t forget to include sufficient water to rehydrate all those cans of THRIVE! The corn and green beans are really good straight out of the can, but the mushrooms and bell pepper are tough to eat by themselves.

    • Hi Harry –

      You figured me out! Actually – there at the bottom sits a new “cloaked” invisible Glock tactical carbine with Invisi-coating!!

      Thanks – Rourke

  3. One thing about the water is I would keep it down on one of the bottom shelves just in case one of the bottles out of the case springs a leak. You don’t want it to leak on all your other preps.
    If you need more space to store items don’t forget about the space under your bed or behind your couch. Also the cabinet under your sink in your bathroom is a great place to store some extra water.

  4. Funny you should mention a survival cabinet. I just built my own. 7 ft tall, 6 ft wide, 2 ft deep. Built it for space to organize, and because some family is just not “on-board” and use the preps I buy as they feel like it. The best part about it… it has doors that lock! That’s right, no one can get to the preps I put away unless I unlock the doors. I have water, canned/powdered goods, batteries galore, hand-crank radio, rice, oil lamp, propane camping stove with fuel, etc. All safely stored and locked up. What a great feeling, the peace of mind to know that you can be ready for the SHTF.

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