Emergency Items: What Will Disappear First

Do you ever wonder if a major emergency situation occurred what would disappear first?  Due to the overwhelming nature of prepping for a emergency situation, many do not know where to even begin, let alone think of emergency situations they would need to prepare for.  Having a ready supply of food, water and batteries are a good start, but not enough.  There are many more items to have on hand besides beans, band aids and bullets.

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Having supplies on hand can put a person way ahead of the game.  While many who are unprepared for such a grim reality will be battling the lines at the grocery stores, those that have prepared accordingly could be packing their items up and headed for hills before many have even attempted to.

This author came across some advice from someone who has experienced a long term emergency first hand.  This advice could help a person prepare not only for their well being, but also mentally prepare them for getting through the nightmare of a long term emergency.

Advice From a Sarajevo War Survivor:

Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war – death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.

Worthington 303955 20-... Buy New $43.28 (as of 10:05 EST - Details) even gold can lose its luster.  But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper.  Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity – it’s the easiest to do without (unless you’re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating.  One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy – it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible.  Only needs enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.6. Bring some books – escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues.  Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway – trust me, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.7. The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast.  I can’t tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne.  Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity.  These things are morale-builders like nothing else.8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches

Emergency Items That Disappear First

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  1. Water
  2. Water filters and purifiers
  3. Portable toilets
  4. Seasoned firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home use.
  5. Lamp oil, wicks, and 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 or slingshots
  8. Hand-can openers, hand egg beaters, whisks
  9. Honey, syrups, white and brown sugar
  10. Rice – beans – wheat
  11. Vegetable oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
  12. Charcoal, lighter fluid (will become scarce suddenly)
  13. Water Containers of any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY – note – food grade if for drinking.
  14. Propane cylinders (Urgent: definite shortages will occur)
  15. Survival Guide book
  16. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (without this item, longer-term lighting isdifficult.)
  17. Baby supplies: diapers, formula, ointments, aspirin, etc.
  18. Washboards, mop bucket with wringer (for laundry)
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  20. Vitamins
  21. Propane cylinder handle-holder (urgent: Small canister use is dangerouswithout this item)
  22. Feminine hygiene, hair care, skin products
  23. Thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
  24. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, wedges (also, honing oil)
  25. Aluminum foil regular and heavy duty (great for cooking and bartering item)
  26. Gasoline containers (plastic and metal)
  27. Garbage bags (impossible to have too many)
  28. Toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels
  29. Milk – powdered, condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
  30. Garden seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
  31. Clothes pins, line, hangers (A MUST)
  32. Coleman’s pump repair kit
  33. Tuna fish (in oil)
  34. Fire extinguishers (or large box of baking soda in every room)
  35. First aid kits
  36. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for expiration dates)
  37. Garlic, spices, vinegar, baking supplies
  38. Dog food
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  40. Matches (“Strike Anywhere” preferred) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
  41. Writing paper, pads, pencils, solar calculators
  42. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in wintertime.)
  43. Work boots, belts, blue jeans, durable shirts
  44. Flashlights, light sticks, torches, “No. 76 Dietz” lanterns
  45. Journals, diaries, scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience;historic times)
  46. Plastic garbage cans (great for storage, water, transporting – if withwheels)
  47. Men’s Hygiene: shampoo, toothbrush, paste, mouthwash, floss, nail clippers, etc.
  48. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
  49. Fishing supplies, tools
  50. Mosquito coils, repellent, sprays, creams
  51. Duct tape
  52. Tarps, stakes, twine, nails, rope, spikes
  53. Candles
  54. Laundry detergent (liquid)
  55. Backpacks, duffel bags
  56. Garden tools, supplies
  57. Scissors, fabrics, sewing supplies
  58. Canned goods: fruits, veggies, soups, stews, etc.
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  60. Canning supplies
  61. Knives, sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
  62. Bicycles and parts: tires, tubes, pumps, chains, etc.
  63. Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, mats
  64. Carbon monoxide alarm (battery powered)
  65. Board games, cards, dice
  66. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, roach killer
  67. Mousetraps, ant traps, cockroach magnets
  68. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
  69. Baby wipes, oils, waterless, antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
  70. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
  71. Shaving supplies (razors, creams, talc, after shave)
  72. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
  73. Soy sauce, vinegar, bullions, gravy, soup base
  74. Reading glasses
  75. Chocolate, cocoa, tang, punch (water enhancers)
  76. “Survival-in-a-Can”
  77. Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens
  78. Boy Scout handbook, and/or Leaders catalog
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  80. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, trail mix, jerky
  81. Popcorn, peanut butter, nuts
  82. Socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc. (extras)
  83. Lumber (all types)
  84. Wagons, carts (for transport to and from)
  85. Cots, inflatable mattresses
  86. Gloves for work, warming, gardening, etc.
  87. Lantern hangers
  88. Screen patches, glue,
  89. Hardware – nails, screws, nuts and bolts
  90. Teas
  91. Coffee
  92. Cigarettes
  93. Wine, liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc.)
  94. Paraffin wax
  95. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
  96. Chewing gum, candies
  97. Atomizers (for cooling, bathing)
  98. Hats, cotton neckerchiefs, seasonal clothing needs
  99. Livestock – goats, chickens, etc.

Reprinted from Ready Nutrition.

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