So, prior to my boat purchase that never happened, I started investigating where I would keep it, as well as some additional gear, such as a more complete Bug Out Bag than just my simple Get Home Bag, in the event I was stuck in NYC for an extended period of time. These additional items would have included, additional winter clothes, additional summer clothes, additional rations, water, and yes, while illegal, a handgun and ammunition. Which, I might add is a HUGE felony in NYC. I do not recommend you do this unless you are caching and it is only ever going to be used in an emergency. So, that said… Where can one store all this gear? Hmmm…
In many cities, closet size self storage units are all the rage. For roughly $60.00 — $75.00 (which is a little expensive, but it is NYC) a month, you can get a 4′ x 4′ x 4′ Self storage unit. Manhattan Mini Storage, for instance has 14 locations throughout NYC. The location I was going to chose was on the west side on 44th Street and 11th Ave, near the Hudson River.
To reiterate a bit, the point of having the location was to cache gear while in the city, and to only ever access it in another real SHTF event in NYC. 11th Avenue and 44th Street is also a residential area, west of Mid-Town proper, and away from any financial area, etc. So I was fairly certain that if there was a SHTF, less a major nuclear event in Mid-Town, that I could make my way west to the river and get the hell out of Dodge. I thought that I hit pay-dirt when I found the mini self storage units. They are really an excellent size for caching gear in the city. So if you have a small apartment, and want to store more gear, such as your tent/shelter, Bug Out Bag, and other gear, these units may be a real consideration for you.
Not a bad idea (self storage). But that presumes you’ll be able to get to the facility and the facility will be open for you. In a SHTF event the operators may just lock the doors and run.
True, MasterPo, but it is the only option I could come up with at the time that made sense to me. There were a couple of criteria, two of which I think I mentioned, first, a highly residential neighborhood in the city. The fewer businesses the better. My “assumption” was that a facility was more likely to remain openina highly residential neighborhood than one littered with businesses and transients. Two it had to be within several blocks of where I was. i.e. the 44th St. facility. That far west, you lose a lot of the typical mid town traffic, as well, with the exception of the West Side Highway, which would be jammed up with cars barely moving.
I think at this point in time, keeping gear anyplace you can fit it in an apartment is the right choice, like under the bed or canned goods stashed under the sofa or in any unused space, I keep my bugout bag in the truck box with camping gear. Decor is cool but ditch the useless for the useful.