In the case of any disaster or emergency, this is a list of essential items that will disappear first. It was first compiled for the Y2K scare in 2000, and now I think it is even more relevant today. I have broken it into two parts, because I don’t want you to be overwhelmed and get glassy-eyed at a prolonged list.
This is a list you may have seen before, but it is a good idea to peruse it again. If a complete or partial collapse should occur, how many of these things do you have on hand? And if we are able to avoid the fall, then these items will come in handy during a tornado, a hurricane, or any time services are disrupted. Please take a moment and check over this list….it’s your insurance policy.
1. Generators: Good solar ones are best, but costly; Gas ones involve risky storage and maintenance; they are noisy, making them targets of thieves.
2. Water filters/Purifiers
3. Portable toilets/Showers
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6-12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps: First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand can-openers, hand eggbeaters, whisks
9. Honey/Syrups/White & Brown Sugar.
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil. (For Cooking) Without it food burns; must be boiled, etc.
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid. Will suddenly become scarce.
13. Water containers. Urgent item to obtain; any size. HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY – note: food grade if for drinking.
14. Mini Heater head (Propane). Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric).
16. Propane Cylinders. Urgent: shortages will occur
17. Survival guide Book. Suggestion: Dare To Prepare by Holly Drennan Deyo.
18. Lamp Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult).
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula, ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer. For Laundry
21. Cook stoves. Propane, Coleman & Kerosene; Deadwood Stove (fueled by wood).
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder. Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item.
24. Feminine Hygiene/Hair care/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear. (Tops & Bottoms).
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets; Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil. Regular & Heavy Duty (Great cooking and barter item).
28. Gasoline Containers. (Plastic & Metal).
29. Garbage Bags. (Impossible to have too many.)
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed. Shake liquid every 3-4 months.
32. Garden Seeds. Non-hybrid; A MUST
33. Clothes pins/line-hangers. A MUST
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit.
35. Tuna Fish (in oil).
36. Fire Extinguishers; or large box of Baking Soda in every room.
37. First aid kits.
38. Batteries. (All sizes; furthest out for expiration dates).
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies.
40. Big Dogs. And plenty of dog food.
41. Flour, yeast & salt.
42. Matches. “ Strike Anywhere” preferred.
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators.
44. Insulated ice chests. Good for keeping items from freezing in wintertime.
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts.
46. Flashlights/Lightsticks & torches. #76 Dietz Lanterns
47. Journal, Diaries & Scrapbooks. To jot down ideas, feelings, experiences; Historic Times.
48. Plastic garbage cans. (Great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels.
49. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/toothpaste, Mouthwash/Dental floss, Nail clippers, etc.
50. Cast iron cookware. This is sturdy and efficient. Recommendation: Lodge brand.
Items 51-100 will be posted tomorrow. As you can see, these items are not hard to get your hands on now, but they will be extremely popular if an emergency situation arises. Start marking them off your list now! See you tomorrow with the remaining items.
Psalm 31: 19 "How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who refuge in you."