My house is 115 years old this year, and as the basement is unpredictable, I've learned to keep everything in Big Rubbermaid totes. I get water in the spring, bugs in the fall, and occasionally birds who fly down the chimney. I'm pretty much prepared for anything that might happen to the property - and that includes stored food & water in case of martial law.
I could go on and on, but I think I've made my point. The next time Linda Cobb writes a book, I really hope she includes a few chapters on survivalist-cleanliness.
It's funny how a little water in the basement can made you understand what's truly important in life...and death.