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100 Things to Disappear First In a Disaster

100 Things to Disappear First
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You might have seen this list floating around the internet.  I don’t know who first created it.  Nor do I know when.  However, I thought it brought up some interesting points.

I took the liberty of reformatting it when I found it skipped items 14 and 15.  Additionally, I added a couple to make 100.

One way or another this list of 100 things to disappear first is a good starting point when deciding what types of things you need to store in the event of a catastrophic disaster.

It also lets you know the types of things that everyone else will try to horde or grab during that last panic shopping trip.

Next, I also deleted some comments about how to use a few of the items.  Mostly, because they were not detailed enough to be practical.

This list is not meant to be a purchasing guide.  Rather it is to help you realize that when disasters occur, you might not have time to run to the store.  Especially when everyone else is grabbing up these 100 items (and anything else they need).

Take this list with a grain of salt.

Please comment with any other items you think might disappear off the store shelves in an emergency.

Here is the List

  1. Vitamins
  2. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch
  3. Milk – Powdered & Condensed
  4. Flour, yeast & salt
  5. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
  6. Tuna Fish (in oil)
  7. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
  8. Rice – Beans – Wheat
  9. Vegetable Oil (for cooking)
  10. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
  11. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
  12. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
  13. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
  14. Teas
  15. Chewing gum/candies
  16. Generators
  17. Water Filters/Purifiers
  18. Portable Toilets
  19. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
  20. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (CLEAR oil is best)
  21. Coleman Fuel.
  22. Ammunition
  23. Guns
  24. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
  25. Hand Tools
  26. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid
  27. Water Containers
  28. Propane Cylinders
  29. Survival Guide Book.
  30. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.
  31. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
  32. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
  33. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
  34. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder
  35. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
  36. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
  37. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
  38. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty
  39. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
  40. Garbage Bags
  41. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
  42. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid)
  43. Clothes pins/line/hangers
  44. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
  45. Fire Extinguishers
  46. First aid kits
  47. Batteries (all sizes)
  48. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
  49. Matches. {“Strike Anywhere” preferred.)
  50. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
  51. Insulated ice chests Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
  52. Flashlights/Lightsticks & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
  53. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
  54. Garbage cans Plastic
  55. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
  56. Cast iron cookware
  57. Fishing supplies/tools
  58. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
  59. Duct Tape
  60. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
  61. Candles
  62. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
  63. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
  64. Garden tools & supplies
  65. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
  66. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
  67. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
  68. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
  69. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
  70. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
  71. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
  72. Board Games, Cards, Dice
  73. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
  74. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
  75. Paper plates/cups/utensils
  76. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap
  77. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
  78. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
  79. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
  80. Reading glasses
  81. “Survival-in-a-Can”
  82. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
  83. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
  84. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
  85. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
  86. Lumber (all types)
  87. Wagons & carts
  88. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
  89. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
  90. Lantern Hangers
  91. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
  92. Coffee
  93. Cigarettes
  94. Wine/Liquors
  95. Paraffin wax
  96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
  97. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
  98. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
  99. Medicine
  100. Goats/chickens

This list is useful in two ways:

First, by knowing the 100 things to disappear first you can either ensure you have what you need

Secondly, you can have extras to set your self up with the resources to trade.

Lastly, If you decide to go the trading route, remember that when people have nothing, they may be willing to try to take from those that have something.  Also from a bartering perspective small and portable is more useful than large and bulky.

In conclusion, when I first got into disaster preparedness, I stocked up on small 100 ml bottles of liquor – it was small and portable, large enough to be valuable, but not so large as it was expensive.

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  1. David David

    Blackout curtains. Any light seeping through your windows is a beacon to the bad guys.

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