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Top 100 items to dissappear in a National Disaster/Emergency

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by tacmotusn, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    I am sure this has been posted in one form or another, but here it is again to remind any new folks.
    Here’s the list, and if you think of something not here, tell us about it in the comments section below:
    1. Generators. (They go quickly when natural disasters are approaching or have already hit.)
    2. Water filters and purifiers.
    3. Portable toilets.
    4. Seasoned firewood. Wood takes about six to 12 months to become dried for home uses.
    5. Oil lamps, lamp oil, wicks.
    6. Coleman fuel. (Impossible to have too much.)
    7. Guns, ammunition, pepper spray, bows, arrows, knives, clubs, bats and slingshots.
    8. Hand operated can openers, egg beaters and whisks.
    9. Honey, syrups, white and brown sugar.
    10. Rice, beans and wheat.
    11. Vegetable oil (for cooking)..
    12. Charcoal, lighter fluid (will become scarce suddenly).
    13. Water containers, any size. Use food grade if storing water for drinking.
    14. Tents and shelter-making materials.
    15. Rope, paracord and binding straps. (Can’t have too much as these have hundreds of uses.)
    16. Propane cylinders.
    17. Survival guide book.
    18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
    19. Baby supplies: Diapers, formula, ointments, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.
    20. Washboards, mop bucket w/wringer (for laundry).
    21. Cook stoves (propane, Coleman or kerosene).
    22. Vitamin and mineral supplements.
    23. Book on edible plants in your region.
    24. Feminine hygiene, hair and skin care products, lip balm.
    25. Thermal underwear (tops and bottoms).
    26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, wedges (also, honing oil).
    27. Aluminum foil; regular and heavy duty (great cooking and barter item).
    28. Gasoline containers (plastic and metal).
    29. Garbage bags (impossible to have too many).
    30. Toilet paper, facial tissue and paper towels.
    31. Milk—powdered and condensed (shake liquid every three to four months).
    32. Garden seeds (heirloom only)
    33. Clothes pins, line and hangers.
    34. Coleman’s pump repair kit.
    35. Tuna fish (in oil).
    36. Fire extinguishers (or a large box of baking soda in every room).
    37. First aid kits.
    38. Batteries (all sizes… buy furthest-out for expiration dates).
    39. Garlic, spices, vinegar and baking supplies.
    40. Big dogs (and plenty of dog food).
    41. Flour, yeast and salt.
    42. Matches. (“Strike anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first.
    43. Writing paper, pads, pencils and solar calculators.
    44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in wintertime).
    45. Work boots, belts, jeans and durable shirts.
    46. Flashlights, light sticks and torches (No. 76 Dietz lanterns).
    47. Journals, diaries and scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience, historic times).
    48. Garbage cans, plastic (great for storage, water, transporting—if with wheels).
    49. Men’s hygiene: Shampoo, toothbrush and paste, mouthwash, floss, nail clippers, etc.
    50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient, but heavy if on the move).
    51. Fishing supplies and tools.
    52. Mosquito coils, repellent, sprays and creams.
    53. Duct tape.
    54. Tarps, stakes, twine, nails, rope, spikes, etc.
    55. Candles.
    56. Laundry detergent (liquid).
    57. Backpacks and duffel bags.
    58. Garden tools and supplies.
    59. Scissors, fabrics and sewing supplies.
    60. Canned fruits, veggies, soups, stews, etc.
    61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6 percent sodium hypochlorite).
    62. Canning supplies, (jars, lids, wax, etc.)
    63. Knives and sharpening tools: Files, stones, steel, etc.
    64. Bicycles… tires, tubes, pumps, chains, etc.
    65. Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, mats, etc.
    66. Carbon monoxide alarm (battery powered).
    67. Board games, cards, dice, etc.
    68. d-con Rat poison, Mouse Prufe II, roach killer, etc.
    69. Mousetraps, ant traps and cockroach magnets.
    70. Paper plates, cups, utensils (stock up, folks).
    71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless and antibacterial soap (saves water and can be used as a fire starter).
    72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
    73. Shaving supplies (razors, creams, talc, after shave, etc.)
    74. Hand pumps and siphons (for water and for fuels).
    75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bullions, gravy, soup base, etc.
    76. Spare glasses and reading glasses.
    77. Chocolate, cocoa, Tang, and punch (water enhancers).
    78. Survival-in-a-can.
    79. Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens, etc.
    80. Boy Scout handbook, also leader’s catalog.
    81. Roll-on window insulation kit (MANCO).
    82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, trail mix, jerky, etc.
    83. Popcorn, peanut butter, nuts, etc.
    84. Socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc. (extras).
    85. Lumber (all types).
    86. Wagons and carts (for transport to and from).
    87. Cots and inflatable mattresses.
    88. Gloves: Work, warming, gardening, etc.
    89. Lantern hangers.
    90. Screen patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts and bolts.
    91. Teas.
    92. Coffee.
    93. Cigarettes (barter item).
    94. Wine and liquors (for barter, bribes, medicinal uses, etc.)
    95. Paraffin wax.
    96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
    97. Chewing gum and candies.
    98. Atomizers (for cooling and bathing).
    99. Hats and cotton neckerchiefs.
    100. Livestock.
    Just something to think about and prepare for.
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  2. john316

    john316 Monkey+

    its an old,old list............but every time i read it.....i see things to stock up on
  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    Great list. I read in a great book that you should have all your stuff using the same battery. I have found that most items will come requiring just AA. I have found that it is easier to stock, rotate and just steal a battery from one item and put it in another.
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  4. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    Number 1 on the list is generator. There are so many different ones. I have a normal gas generator but I have thought in case of long term disaster maybe a solar one would be better. They make tri-fuel generators so you have options. I have googled but can't find a fuel/solar generator. I have a radio that does batteries, crank or solar. Do they have this type of combo pack in a generator?
  5. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    No, two completely different types of generator. (one has a engine, and one does not) just get both....;)
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  6. tomr

    tomr Monkey+

    that is a good list thanks
  7. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    you missed the leadership of the federal government... Ooops... that's been missing for a while.... my bad....;)
  8. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    That's not missing because it really isn't needed.
    Besides rural electrification, interstate highway, they really haven't done much for us since the 60's
  9. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    The best you can do for Multi-fuel is a Gasoline/Propane/NG TriFuel Genset, and then connect that to a Solar/Battery/Inverter System. It can't be done "On the Cheap" though....
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  10. techsar

    techsar Monkey++

    Common sense and courtesy...always seem to disappear quickly.
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  11. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    This is not a slam on your comment. The point in my mind for lists like this, are so more people are prepared for the worst. Initially those who lose common sense and courtesy, will be those dumb masses who in no way are prepared, and get smacked in the face with the cold hard facts of reality. Those who have prepared will be targets for dumb masses who expect them to give up their preps to the point of cleaning them out. Then courtesy on that level will disappear.
    If we have a major national disaster that really shuts things down with no timely hope of resupply, all bets are off on who takes care of the ill supplied dumb masses. I have a tribe to provide for. Beyond the tribe we will have to barter. Theft will be a capital offense. It will be difficult and gut wrenching times for sure. How we come out the other side, only time will tell.
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  12. Harbin

    Harbin Monkey+

    Not to get further off the OP- I really did appreciate the list- but I don't think this can be stressed enough. I know I've read it here plenty of times and heard it elsewhere but from time to time I get reminded of just how prevalent this is today in our society- I'd say at an epidemic level. My MIL is a screaming example of this, my father in law feels more like I do but does nothing about it other than complain. They eat out 5 times a week and she rolls her eyes when in town and see us buy in bulk or have a full pantry- saying it's a waste of money. We recently bought 1/2 a cow from a local farmer and asked if they wanted in on it- she literally laughed. Highly educated, but really short sighted. If things do go to poop, I know exactly where they would head to- a bigger concern is who else they tell.
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  13. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
    Congress of the United States
    begun and held at the City of New-York, on
    Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

    THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

    RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

    ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

    Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the "Bill of Rights."

    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Amendment II

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    Amendment III

    No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

    Amendment IV

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    Amendment V

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

    Amendment VI

    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

    Amendment VII

    In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

    Amendment VIII

    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

    Amendment IX

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    Amendment X

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
    Passed by Congress March 4, 1794. Ratified February 7, 1795.

    Note: Article III, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by amendment 11.

    The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.....................................................................................................................................................................................................
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  14. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Excellent list of the Bill of Rights, but I am kind of wondering what it has to do with this thread. Only parallel I see is they are lists everyone is aware of that need reposting from time to time. Was that your intent, or is there something else I am missing besides a few brain cells?
  15. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Yep, this will be at the top of the list of things to disappear ,and sadly, a whole lot of people will not even notice it's gone.
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  16. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    Because most of it's already gone.
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  17. natshare

    natshare Monkey+

    Actually, I found out, twenty-something years ago (after going through my first typhoon, on Guam), that common battery sizes will usually go fast, but uncommon will stay on the shelves (since people don't need them as much).

    After that typhoon, within a day or two, you couldn't find a double-A, triple-A, D cell or lantern (6V) battery anywhere on the island. People had relatives, back in the mainland, sending them care packages with batteries! But, lo and behold, C and 9V batteries were plentiful and readily available....but no one wanted them!

    Since I was going to be living there a while, I kept a stock of C batteries available, and bought a flashlight and portable boombox, both of which took C batteries, and never had a problem finding more when I needed them. In fact, I still have that flashlight (an Ace Hardware model), and it's still my favorite standby!

    If you shop around a bit, you can find things that run off of C and 9V batteries, they're just not as plentiful. Of course, you can also buy NiMH or Li-Ion rechargeables, and charge them off a solar panel, which is probably the way to go these days. While I cooked (and enjoyed light) using a 20-pound propane cylinder, with a "tree" that had a lantern on top, and a hose going to a 2-burner Coleman stove, you're much better off, IMHO, going with a liquid fuel stove, as they should be able to burn any kerosene-based fuel (with a bit of coaxing), including jet fuel. Propane, on the other hand, will be a commodity that will soon run out, after the SHTF.
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