Thursday, September 1, 2011

100 Items to Disappear in an Emergency First

Have you seen the pictures of grocery store shelves right before a big hurricane or tornado hit?

They are completely empty.

I was at an emergency preparedness fair recently and they were handing out this list of 100 items that disappear first when a disaster happens. I don't necessarily agree on the order and this is for major disasters where you won't see help for a long time. I'm not suggesting you go stock pile all of these things but it is interesting to think about.
  1. Generators (good ones will cost a fortune)
  2. Water filters/ purifiers
  3. Portable Toilets
  4. Seasoned Firewood (wood takes about 6-12 months to become dried for home uses)
  5. Lamp Oil, wicks. lamps (if you have a choice by clear oil)
  6. Coleman Fuel
  7. Guns, ammunition, pepper spray, knives, clubs, bats and slingshots
  8. Hand can openers
  9. Honey/ Syrups/ white & brown sugar
  10. Rice, beans, wheat
  11. Vegetable oil
  12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid
  13. Water Containers
  14. Propane Cylinders
  15. Survival guide books
  16. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman etc
  17. Baby Supplies: Diapers/ formula, ointments/ medicine (can you imagine being without diapers...)
  18. Washboards, mop bucket w/ wringer (for laundry)
  19. Cookstoves (propane, coleman and kerosene
  20. Vitamins
  21. Propane Cylinder Handle-holder (small canister use is dangerous without this item)
  22. Feminine Hygiene/ Haircare/ skin products
  23. Thermal underwear
  24. Bow saws, axes and hatchets
  25. Aluminum foil
  26. Gasoline containers
  27. Garbage bags
  28. Toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels
  29. Milk: powdered and condensed
  30. Garden seeds
  31. Clothes pins/ line and hangers
  32. Coleman's pump repair kit
  33. Tuna fish (in oil)
  34. Fire Extinguishers or baking soda
  35. First aid kits
  36. Batteries: all sizes
  37. Garlic, spices, vinegar and baking supplies
  38. Flour, yeast and salt (part of baking supplies I think))
  39. Matches: strike anywhere is best
  40. Writing paper/ pads/ pencils
  41. Solar calculators
  42. Insulated ice chests
  43. Work boots, belts, levis and durable shirts
  44. Flashlights/ lightsticks and torches
  45. Journals, Diaries and Scrapbooks (good way to keep you sane I think)
  46. Garbage cans: plastic (great for storage, water, transporting)
  47. Hygiene: shampoo, toothbrush/ paste, mouthwash/ floss, nail clippers etc
  48. Cast iron cookware
  49. Fishing supplies/tools
  50. Mosquito coils/ repellent
  51. Duct tape
  52. Tarps, stakes, twine, nails, rope, spikes
  53. Candles
  54. Laundry detergent (liquid)
  55. Backpacks and dufflebags
  56. Garden tools and supplies
  57. Scissors, fabrics and sewing supplies
  58. Canned fruits, vegetables, soups ect
  59. Bleach (regular unscented 4-6% sodium hypochlorite)
  60. Canning supplies (jars, lids, wax)
  61. Knives and sharpening tools
  62. Bicycles...tires, tubes, pumps, chain
  63. Sleeping bags and blankets, pillows, mats
  64. Carbon Monoxide alarm
  65. Board games, cards, dice
  66. D-con rat poison, roach killer
  67. Mouse traps, ant traps and cockroach magnets
  68. Paper plates, cups, utensils
  69. Baby wipes, oils, water-less and antibacterial soap
  70. Rain gear, rubberized boots
  71. Shaving supplies
  72. Hand pumps and siphons
  73. Soy sauce, bouillons, gravy or soup base
  74. Reading glasses
  75. Chocolate, cocoa, tang, punch
  76. "Survival in a can"
  77. Woolen clothing, scarves, earmuffs and mittens
  78. Boy Scout Handbook
  79. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
  80. Graham Crackers, saltines, pretzels, trail mix and jerky
  81. Popcorn, peanut butter, nuts
  82. Socks, underwear, T-shirts
  83. Lumber
  84. Wagons and carts
  85. Cots and Inflatable mattress's
  86. Cloves: work, warming, gardening
  87. Lantern hangers
  88. Screen patches
  89. Teas
  90. Coffee
  91. Cigarettes
  92. Wine, liquor 
  93. Paraffin wax
  94. Glue, nails, screws, nuts and bolts
  95. Chewing gum, candies
  96. Atomizers (for cooling and bathing)
  97. Hats and cotton neckerchiefs
  98. Goats and Chickens
  99. Books (escapist ones like romance or mysteries to take your mind off your situation)
  100. For some reason there was no number 14 so I guess these are only the first 99 things to disappear
Is there anything not on this list that you think would be helpful to have in a major disaster?

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