• The Top 50 Things To Disappear From Store Shelves During an Emergency

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    Have you ever noticed how, whenever a big storm is predicted, people start rushing to stores to clean them out of ever food item and supply they have on the shelves? In one sense, it’s probably good that they are trying to anticipate the emergency, despite being last-minute about it. It sure beats those people who don’t bother to prepare at all, then complain when emergency services are overwhelmed by requests for assistance.

    But why panic in the first place? Why not have a stash of necessary items always ready for such an emergency? Even if there isn’t a storm approaching, it’s nice to know that you don’t have to rush out to the store every time you run out of toilet paper. Keeping some extra around the house is always a good idea!

    With this in mind, I decided to ask CampingSurvival. com’s Facebook fans what they felt were the emergency supplies that stores were most likely to run out of when people start to panic. Then I compiled the top comments in various categories so I could share it with you. Since this list is based on the comments of our Facebook fan page, some of the items (canned meat, for instance) may not be the absolute first things for a store to run out of, but are still items that you should consider having among your emergency supplies nonetheless.

    Without further ado, here the list of the Top 50 Things to Disappear from Store Shelves during an Emergency, compiled by yours truly:

    FOOD
    1. Bread
    2. Butter
    3. Cereal
    4. Coffee
    5. Eggs
    6. Flour
    7. Fruit, canned and fresh
    8. Honey
    9. Meats, canned
    10. Milk
    11. Peanut butter
    12. Pet food
    13. Salt
    14. Sugar
    15. Vegetables, canned and root vegetables
    16. Water

    POWER AND LIGHT
    17. Batteries
    18. Candles
    19. Charcoal
    20. Coolers
    21. Flashlights
    22. Gasoline
    23. Generators
    24. Glow sticks
    25. Ice
    26. Lamp oil and oil lanterns
    27. Lighter fluid
    28. Matches
    29. Propane, propane stoves

    FUN
    30. Alcohol, drinking
    31. Beer
    32. Cigarettes
    33. Condoms

    FIRST AID
    34. Alcohol, rubbing
    35. Antiseptic
    36. Aspirin/pain relievers
    37. Cold medicine
    38. First aid kits

    HYGIENE
    39. Feminine hygiene products
    40. Paper plates/napkins
    41. Shampoo
    42. Soap
    43. Toilet paper

    BABIES
    44. Baby food/formula
    45. Diapers

    IMPROVISATION
    46. Duct tape
    47. Plastic bags
    48. Plywood
    49. Radios
    50. Rope

    Now, before you file this away as mildly interesting reading, take this list and compare it to what you have stocked up. Check to see what you may be missing or what you need more of. And don’t forget that this is only a Top 50 list, so there are plenty of other items that I don’t have space to talk about in this (already long!) blog entry.

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