I recently came across an article about the items that will disappear first when there is an emergency or natural disaster. I have a healthy respect for the need to be prepared in case of an emergency of ANY kind, so this definitely captured my interest. While I wouldn’t classify myself as a “prepper” (ie: a person who makes active preparations for future disasters, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies) as the mother of a child with Type 1 Diabetes, this fact alone motivates me to be prepared when and if the unforeseen happens.
After reading the article, I decided to read the comments, which I always maintain is where the best information is! Especially here on my own website. :-) I was so impressed with the suggestions and collective knowledge I decided to compile a list for myself of the things I personally thought were the most important. And like I always do, I wanted to share it with you for your consideration.
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I hope it will be a vehicle for you to start thinking about the things that would be most important to YOU in an emergency and make your own list. But more importantly, actually start working on it. Something I definitely am going to start on as well.
2. Water Containers
3. Water filters, purifiers, water tablets, and water testing kits
4. Portable toilets, wood shavings & plastic bags
5. Seasoned firewood
6. Coleman fuel
7. Lamp oil, wicks, mantles, oil lamps
8. Charcoal, lighter fluid
9. Gasoline containers
10. Propane cylinders
11. Lanterns with batteries that are rechargeable and a solar powered battery charger.
12. Solar thermal water heater
13. Survival Guide Book, The Boy Scout Manual
14. Fire Extinguishers
18. Fishing supplies/tools
19. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
20. Mousetraps, ant traps & cockroach magnets
21. Duct tape
22. Super glue
23. Tools – hammer, allen wrenches, files etc. propane soldering iron, solder
25. Garden tools & supplies
26. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)
27. Washboards, Mop Bucket with wringer for Laundry
28. Cook Stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
29. Cast iron cookware – Dutch ovens
30. Insulated ice chests
31. Can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks, kitchen utensils.
32. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
33. Rice – beans – wheat
34. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
35. Flour, yeast & salt
36. Vegetable oil
37. Tuna fish
38. Canned fruits, vegetables, soups, stews, etc.
39. Crackers, pretzels, trail mix, jerky
40. Popcorn, peanut butter, nuts
41. Milk – powdered & condensed
42. Paper plates, cups, utensils
43. Canning supplies
44. Feminine Hygiene
45. Haircare, mouthcare, skincare products – including bars of soap
46. Shaving supplies
47. Toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels
48. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & antibacterial soap
49. Baby supplies (if needed): Diapers, formula, ointments, aspirin, etc.
50. First aid kits
53. Prescription medications, antibiotics, pain meds, Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) tablets.
54. VINEGAR, food preservation, flavoring, tenderizing, antibacterial, cleaning and MANY other uses!
55. Bow saws, axes and hatchets
56. Garbage cans
57. Garbage bags
58. Clothesline, clothespins
59. Aluminum foil
60. Writing paper, pencils, solar calculators
61. Heavy duty work boots, belts, jeans & work shirts
62. Shoe laces
63. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
64. Woolen clothing: socks, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens
65. Socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc.
66. Hats & bandanas
67. Thermal underwear
68. Gloves – work/warming/gardening, etc
69. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
70. Reading glasses
71. Laundry detergent
73. Knives & sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
74. Sleeping bags & blankets/pillows/mats
75. Backpacks, duffel bags
76. Cots & inflatable mattresses
77. Tarps, stakes, twine, nails, rope, spikes
78. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
79. Wagons & utility carts (for transport to and from)
And last but not least….
80. KNOWLEDGE and TRAINING can’t be over-estimated!
These will do more for you than all the supplies in the world. No point having the best gear and supplies around if you don’t know how to use use them. Plus, supplies WILL run out. When that happens, what will you do?
There is a LOT more to surviving than a list of supplies…but a list is a great place to start!
What would YOU add to the list?