Our List: Top 100 Items to Disappear 1st During a National Emergency

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  1. MountAiry

    MountAiry Well-Known Member

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    I was reading with interest the thread on Countryside Families titled “Top 100 Things to Disappear in A National Emergency” and viewed the link provided.
    http://baconreport.blogspot.com/2007/07/top-100-items-to-disappear-first-during.html

    I disagreed with many things on the list, although did agree with some.
    What do yall think?

    How about we make our own list? Are you working to subsidize your needs in case a National Emergency were to occur (I am thinking as pertains to this list)? I think it would be interesting to see what we think as I know many here are seasoned preppies (and of course fresh views from new people are always great!).
    Might be nice to have a final list we could print out (One could take from the list what felt right for each person and create their own personal list)? What do yall think?


    If I may begin the list… (of course, this is only my opinion)

    1. Water (I think the safe water we take for granted from our faucets would be in danger of no longer being safe or even being available. And of course, during an emergency, water is one of the first things to disappear on a grocery shelf. Right now I store water all the time. I am working toward a long term solution, but do not have the means to do it yet)

    2. Batteries (Every time a hurricane or emergency weather situation hits, batteries fly off the shelves at an alarming rate. I stock up on batteries.)
     
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    3. food that needs no cooking, such as canned soup, chilli, crackers, and fruit.
    4. coffee, tea
     

  3. Kmac15

    Kmac15 This is my life

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    3. paper towels...yes I use cloth napkins, and wash rags now but with limited water to wash these, I would want the paper towels

    4. toilet paper

    5. cash..been threw several hurricains and Ice storms, nothing beats cash
     
  4. celticheart

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    How about hand knitting materials for hats and gloves, scarves for those of us who can knit?

    Also, books to read in any 'downtime'.

    snowshoes and skis...

    a 'dock box' thingy for the outside (mine would be on my back porch) like they use at marinas for the storage of things that need to be cold or frozen if you live in that climate....like I do.
     
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    6. Over the counter medications
    7. Duct Tape
    8. Dust Masks
     
  6. MountAiry

    MountAiry Well-Known Member

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    Top 100 Items to Disappear 1st During a National Emergency

    1. Water
    2. Batteries
    3. Foods that need no cooking: canned soup, chili, crackers and fruit
    4. Coffee and tea
    5. Paper towels
    6. Toilet Paper
    7. Cash
    8. Knitting yarn, knitted hats and gloves
    9. Books for entertainment
    10. a 'dock box' thingy for the outside (LOL Celticheart! I thought I was the only one who used that word); use at marinas for the storage of things that need to be cold or frozen
    11. Snowshoes and Skis
    12. Over-the-counter medicines
    13. Duct Tape
    14. Dust Masks

    OK, do you agree so far with the list? This is the TOP 100 Items to Disappear 1st During a National Emergency.
    If we get a good list, might actually be a help to us. (We can post it on the fridge, drive the non-preppers nuts! lol)

    I have to think that perhaps knitting yarn, books. A dock box, snowshoes and skis might not make the list if I were creating my own. They are all wonderful items to have and worth noting for sure, but the 1st things to disappear?
    I’m not sure about that?
     
  7. MountAiry

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    I don’t have a baby in the house, but I would bet that baby supplies would disappear quickly. Things like diapers and formula. Breast feeding would be a big help in this area as long as the mother had a nutritious diet.

    15. Baby formula, baby food and diapers
     
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    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Fresh foods like milk, juice, bread and anything that is frozen or needs refrigeration.

    Plywood, tarps, plastic sheeting.
     
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    I had read somewhere that over in kosovothat soaps were in short supply and missed dearly.

    I would say some sort of entertainment ie cards a board game etc

    A bible
     
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    Eyeglasses - the cheap 'drugstore' reading glasses.
     
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    35. Tuna Fish (in oil)?
    Now I like the taste /flavor of tuna in oil, but is it better in oil then water.
    Better for you or lasts longer?
    :shrug:
     
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    Salt and spices. tobacco (we don't use). coffee (we use!) and chocolate come to mind.
     
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    Liquor, alcohol, beer, wine...
    toilet paper
    paper towels
    paper plates
     
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    matches
    lamp oil
    coleman camp fuel
    magnifying glass (fire starter)
     
  15. Cheryl in SD

    Cheryl in SD Living in the Hills Supporter

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    I am confused. Yes, I do confuse easily, HOWEVER, there is a difference between items that disappear in an emergency & those you might need in an emergency and find hard to get. For example, here we get blizzards, we have had them bad enough that towns are stranded for weeks. The first items to disappear were bread, milk, pop & beer. After that the grocery shelves were picked clean. So is this a list of what disappears you might need or what disappears first that people may or may not REALLY need (and yes, I know a few of you feel beer is an essential.)
     
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    fuel
    flashlights
    Maxi pads/tampoons
     
  17. treesonggal

    treesonggal live with a smile

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    Having been through several blizzards the following items completely disappeared from stores within hours (local radio and TV stations warned people to stock up on essentials). One time, we were forced to make a quick trip to town 12 miles away. When we arrived all of these items were already gone:

    Kerosene heaters
    Generators
    Water
    Batteries
    Milk
    Bread
    Diapers
    Flashlights
    Gas cans
    Antifreeze
    Car battery chargers
    Toilet paper

    We had come to town for wood matches, plastic sheeting and duct tape. We made the rounds to K-mart, Walmart, and two hardware stores before finding our three items.
     
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    I have more...

    Clothespins and an old fashioned percolator for making coffee over a campfire or on a gas stove. You can boil it in a pinch but a percolator would sure be nice. I collect the old granite ones but only three or four have the innards and my son uses one every time he goes camping. I bought one of the new aluminum ones pre Y2K. Don't know what I was thinking :) .
     
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  19. MountAiry

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    Some good thoughts here. I forgot bread. I remember there was a big ice storm coming our way (year before last) and my husband and I were out the night before and stopped at the grocery store for something (can’t think of what) and all the essentials like bread, milk and water were already gone.
    Those of us who make bread won’t have a problem with that, but those that don’t would miss it badly.

    lol, Cheryl in SD. I get confused easily too :)
    I guess what I was hoping to accomplish was to get a list of the 100 things that would disappear in a real National emergency that folks would really miss or need. Might help with our prepping if we had 100 essentials covered. (course each family is different, but folks can pick and choose from the list what fits their life the most)

    I also thought it might be a good way for those new to emergency preparedness to have something to look at like a simple list.

    For example, if we all agree and know that bread will disappear and more than likely, in a National emergency, be hard to come by, how would they prepare for that shortage? (this gets folks to thinking about alternate cooking, storing wheat, flour and so forth)
    Make sense? :)

    Some things may not be as obvious as maybe we don’t use them all the time. Like Tinda mentioned Coleman fuel. Sounds like a good thing to list to me as in a real emergency, folks are gonna run out and buy fuel like propane or Coleman stove fuel or whatever and then it will be gone. Might be a long time before we saw it on the shelves again. Something like that is much more important in a real emergency (at least I think so) than something like chewing gum, for example. In a real emergency, I think, fuel would be a real important item on the list.
    Chewing gun might be missed, but it wouldn’t be important in a national emergency if it weren’t around.

    I think, initially, what made me what to post this thread was when I looked at that other list, http://baconreport.blogspot.com/200...rst-during.html
    I felt we could come up with even a better one. It’s got some great things listed, but I didn’t really agree with all of it.
    For example, if a national emergency happened, do you think Journals, Diaries and Scrapbooks would be one of the first 100 things to disappear?
    I think if folks wanted to keep a journal of the event, heck, they would probably just use some notebook paper or a spiral notebook they had lying around.
     
  20. MountAiry

    MountAiry Well-Known Member

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    I hope yall will make up your own list and post it here! Would be wonderful to have lists to compare and be able to make up the best list to suit our individual families and situations.