Monday , 20 May 2019

Emergency Preparedness: What Will Disappear First

What Will Disappear First?

The vast majority of Americans don’t have enough supplies to last for an extended period of skipping the grocery store. You have surely also heard that the countries distribution systems have trimmed in store inventory to be 3 days. Meaning if semi-trucks can’t drive a grocery store will empty in less than 72 hours.

Here is a list of items that are going to go first when a disaster happens and people make a run on the grocery store. Take a look at them and let us know if we are missing something here or need to move items up or down by level of importance.

emergency generator1. Generators
2. Bottled water
3. Toilet paper, tissues like Kleenex, paper towels
4. Water filters, purifiers, treatment options
5. Propane Cylinders for gas BBQs
6. Dry firewood
7. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps Buy clear oil
8. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much
9. Guns, ammunition, pepper spray, knives, clubs, bats & slingshots
10. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks
preparedness protection11. Honey, syrup, white & brown sugar
12. Rice – beans/legumes – wheat
13. Vegetable or olive oil for cooking
14. Charcoal, lighter fluid
15. Water containers- any size, food grade if used for drinking
16. Medication, pain killers
17. Survival guided
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.
19. Baby Supplies: diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, mop bucket with wringer for doing laundry
21. Cook stoves like Coleman & kerosene
gas preparedness camping stove22. Vitamins & supplements
23. Propane cylinder handle-holder
24. Feminine hygiene/haircare/skin products
25. Thermal underwear
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, wedges
27. Aluminum tin foil – great utility
28. Gasoline containers (plastic & metal)
29. Garbage bags
30. Portable toilets
31. Milk – powdered & condensed
32. Garden seeds – non-hybrid heirloom
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers
first aid preparedness34. Coleman’s pump repair kit
35. Tuna fish – in oil
36. Fire extinguisher or similar device
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries – all sizes
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs with plenty of dog food
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches, strike anywhere
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests – good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime
45. Work boots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/lightsticks & torches
47. Journals, diaries & scrapbooks to jot down ideas, feelings, experiences
48. Garbage cans, plastic which are great for storage and water
49. Men’s hygiene, listed at shampoo, toothbrush/paste, mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware – sturdy, efficient
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps, stakes, twine, nails, rope, spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned fruits, veggies, soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, non-scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies
63. Knives & sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles with tires, tubes, pumps, chains, etc
65. Sleeping bags & blankets, pillows, mats
66. Carbon monoxide alarm, battery powered
67. Board games, cards, dice
68. D-con rat poison
69. Mousetraps, ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates, cups, utensils
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & antibacterial soap which can saves a lot of water
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies like razors & creams, talc, after shave
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soy Sauce, vinegar, bullions, gravy, soup base
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate, cocoa, tang, punch
78. Multi-tool like Gerber or Leatherman
79. Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook – older version the better
81. Roll-on window insulation kit for broken windows
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, trail mix beef jerky
83. Popcorn, peanut butter, nuts for protein
84. Socks, underwear, T-shirts, etc.
85. Lumber, find dry spot for it to sit
86. Wagons & carts for transportation
87. Cots & inflatable mattress’s
88. Gloves: Work, warming, gardening, etc.
89. Lantern hangers
90. Glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine & liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Food storage when stocked at local store
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers for cooling and bathing
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats, chickens, or other useful animals

So what do you think? Anything not on the list that you think it should be? Something not in the right order? Let us know in the comments below of what will disappear first!



  1. HI Shawn. What about a barometer for hurricane and tornado checks when power and communication is out? and what about sunscreen, cash, lime, identification documents? I may have missed them on the list.

  2. Wonderful list and I have really enjoyed your site. I didn’t see much in way of disinfectants. Prevention of illnesses and infections will be key if access to medical services is limited. You mentioned bleach but its shelf life deteriates after about 3 months unless its in powdered form. Vinegar is a great disinfectant, and can be used around food AND almost unlimited shelf life. Also great topical for insect bites. Maybe it should rank a little higher than 75. :o)

    • Good points Marilyn. Its funny how some vital things can sometimes being ignored or reduced in importance in our minds. The one that still baffles me most is water. People prepare like crazy with food but you are going to need water more!

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