100 Items That Disappear First in A Disaster

This list has been around for years but it is still valid today and likely tomorrow.

– – – Rourke



100 Items That Disappear  First in A Disaster



1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly) Gas storage, risky. Noisy; target of thieves; maintenance, etc.
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood (Seasoned 6 – 12 mos. to become dried, for home uses.)
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel (URGENT $2.69-$3.99/gal. Impossible to stockpile too much.)
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats and Slingshots
8. Hand-Can openers and hand egg beaters, whisks (Life savers!)
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugars
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
11. Vegetable oil (for cooking (Without it food burns/must be boiled, etc.)
12. Charcoal and Lighter fluid (Will become scarce suddenly.)
13. Water containers (Urgent Item to obtain. Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY)
14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders
17. Michael Hyatt’s Y2K Survival Guide (BEST single y2k handbook for sound advice/tips.)
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula/ointments/aspirin, etc
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)—See Page _ For DIY Hand Washing
21. Cook stoves (Propane, Coleman and Kerosene)
22. Vitamins (Critical, due to Y2K-forced daily canned food diets.)
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item.)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Hair Care/Skin products
25. Thermal Underwear (Tops and bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets and Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum foil (Reg. and Heavy Duty) (Great Cooking and Barter item)
28. Gasoline containers (Plastic or Metal)
29. Garbage bags (Impossible to have too many.)
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towels
31. Milk – Powdered and Condensed (Shake liquid every 3 to 4 months.)
32. Garden seeds (Non-hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothespins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit: 1(800) 835-3278
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire extinguishers (or.. 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 and vinegar, 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/solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime)
45. Work boots, belts, Levis and durable shirts
46. Flashlights/Light Sticks and Torches, “No.76 Dietz” Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries and Scrapbooks (Jot down ideas, feelings, experiences: Historic times!)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
49. Men’s Hygiene: 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 and Duffle 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% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives and Sharpening Tools: Files, Stones, Steel
64. Bicycles…Tires/Tubes/Pumps/Chains, etc.
65. Sleeping bags and blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games Cards, Dice
68. D-Con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant Traps and Cockroach Magnets
70. Paper Plates/Cups/Utensils (stock up, folks…)
71. Baby Wipes, Oils, Waterless and Anti-Bacterial Soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain Gear, Rubberized Boots, etc.
73. Shaving Supplies (razors and creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand Pumps and Siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Bouillons/Gravy/Soup Base
76. Reading Glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. “Survival-in-a-Can”—an emergency Kit Supply
79. Woolen Clothing, Scarves/Ear-Muffs/Mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook – 12th Edition (also, Leader’s Catalog)
81. Roll-On Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham Crackers, Saltines, Pretzels, Trail Mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-Shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons and Carts (for transport to and from open Flea markets)
87. Cots and Inflatable Mattresses (for extra guests)
88. Gloves: Work/Warming/Gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, Glue, Nails, Screws, Nuts and Bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc.)
95. Paraffin Wax
96. Glue, Nails, Nuts, Bolts, Screws, etc.
97. Chewing Gum/Candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats and Cotton Neckerchiefs
100. Goats/Chickens

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