(2) Take into consideration environmental conditions such as extreme heat or cold; high humidity;
blowing sand, dust, or loose debris; soft ground; mud; heavy snows; or any combination thereof, and take adequate
(3) Establish a fire plan and provide adequate fire fighting equipment and personnel.
c. Maintenance Service and Inspection.
(1) Maintenance Service. Prior to storage, perform the next scheduled organizational PMCS.
(2) Inspection. Inspect and approve the equipment prior to storage. Do not place non-mission capable
equipment in storage.
d. Auxillary Equipment and Basic issue Items.
(1) Process auxiliary equipment and basic issue items simultaneously with the major end item to which
they are assigned.
(2) If possible, store auxiliary equipment and basic issue items with the major item.
(3) If stored apart from the major item, mark auxiliary equipment and basic issue items with tags
indicating the major item, its registration or serial number and location, and store in protective type closures. In
addition, place a tag or list indicating the location of the removed items in a conspicuous place on the major item.
e. Correction of Shortcomings and Deficiencies. Correct all shortcomings and deficiencies prior to
storage, or obtain a deferment from the approving authority.
g. General Cleaning, Painting, and Preservation.
Do not direct water or steam, under pressure, against unsealed electrical systems or
any exterior opening if it will damage a component.
(1) Cleaning. Clean the equipment of dirt, grease, and other contaminants but do not use vapor
(2) Painting. Remove rust and damaged paint by scraping, wire brushing, sanding, or buffing. Sand to a
smooth finish and spot paint as necessary (TB 43-0209).
(3) Preservation. After cleaning and drying, immediately coat unpainted metal surfaces with an oil or
Place a piece of barrier material (item 1, Appendix E) between desiccant bags and
metal surfaces to prevent corrosion.
Air circulation under draped covers reduces deterioration from moisture and heat.
(4) Weatherproofing. Sunlight, heat, moisture (humidity), and dirt tend to accelerate deterioration.
Install all covers (including vehicle protective closures) authorized for the equipment. Close and secure all openings
except those required for venting and draining. Seal openings to prevent entry of rain, snow, or dust. insert desiccant
when complete seal is required. Place equipment and provide blocking or framing to allow for ventilation and water
drainage. Support cover away from surfaces that may rust, rot, or mildew.