Emergency Preparedness- What would you stockup on?

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by CanFightIt, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. CanFightIt

    CanFightIt Guest

    I'm going to do this and besides the obvious, batteries, food, water, flashlight, what else would you need?
  2. Herbalpagan

    Herbalpagan Well-Known Member

    Paper goods. In an emergency there might not be water for washing, so a supply of paper plates and cups as well as plastic silver ware will cme in handy. You will also need a sufficient supply of toilet paper, since that always goes first in emergencies!

  3. Lucy

    Lucy Well-Known Member

    Medications, medical supplies, personal care things like soaps, toothpaste, etc.
    Vitamins. Sunscreen. Lotion, vaseline.
    Plenty of socks and underwear. Good shoes. Warm clothes. Blankets.
    This isn't a need, per se, but I was thinking books to read, maybe puzzles to do, things to keep a person occupied.
  4. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    A generator is key if you can get one.
  5. UncleJoe

    UncleJoe Well-Known Member

    SALT. Salt has a multitude of uses, is essential to the human body, and right now it's cheap. I pick up a box (28oz) every couple weeks when we make a trip to the store (0.45). I have iodized and non-iodized. Iodine is also an essential element. Along with all it's benefits, it would also make a great barter item in the event that it was in short supply. I also keep a few 50lb bags of rock salt around. You can't make ice cream without rock salt. :D
  6. dukman

    dukman Greenhorn


    Just a little bit can help calm frayed nerves... (Ration it tho so no one becomes belligerent)
  7. Expeditioner

    Expeditioner Well-Known Member

    Sewing needles and thread. Have plenty of extra for trading.
  8. Lucy

    Lucy Well-Known Member

    I also want to get elastic and other sewing things. Fabric, too, is good. Perhaps a few extra zippers for pants, things like that.
  9. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

    I would stock up on skills .. then as I learn to use the skills I would then stock up on the items to work with those skills.

    I learned to weld - I stocked up on steel and steel fabrication tools

    I learned to sew - I have a sewing machine and cloth and buttons, zippers, velcro - and - I know how to make my own patterns to design clothing

    I learned to cook - and I stocked up on the food-staples, spices and portable cooking equipment

    I learned to build shelters - I stocked up on hammers, nails, axes, saws, rope

    I learned to repair electronics - I stocked up on solder, capacitors, resistors, LED's, circuit boards and wires and connectors

    To me - learning skills and practicing them with quality tools / equipment is worth more than just stocking up on stuff.
  10. Expeditioner

    Expeditioner Well-Known Member

    Yep skills are essential. Hunting, fishing, making fire, sewing and emergency medicine, and hand to hand fighting are the ones I work on the most.
  11. ke4sky

    ke4sky ke4sky

    Water Filter

    Don't forget a high quality water filter capable of removing pathogens and particulates down to 1 micron or less.

    While chemical sterilization with ordinary Chlorox is fine, a good water filter such as an MSR Mini-Works is great insurance against water-borne diseases.
    Mini Works Water Filter

    Don't forget some soap to maintain good personal hygiene with that clean water after you've adequately hydrated yourself.

    Most casualties requiring personnel to be evac-ed from combat areas are caused by vector borne and water-borne diseases, micro-evils and simple vile crud which you can avoid with proper attention to avoiding exposure to disease organisms, staying well hydrated, avoiding tainted food or drink and keeping wounds clean.

    Without your health all that other stuff you have will just leave a well equipped corpse for the people who find you to divide up your gear!
  12. Copacetic

    Copacetic Guest

    If you have small children, candy and gifts for holidays. Chocolate for the ladies in your life (my wife and daughters say chocolate is a vitamin). If you grow a garden and do not save seed, learn how and start.
  13. Jerry D Young

    Jerry D Young Well-Known Member

    All the high quality protein you can afford. (Not TVP) Meats. Lots and lots of meat.

    Baking goods after meat. Flour or wheat and a grinder. Yeast, baking powder, baking soda, etc.

    LTS dairy. Eggs powder, butter powder, dry milk, dried cheese, sour cream powder, sweet cream powder

    High quality oils. Coconut prefereed, lard, extra virgin olive oil.

    Sugar & packaged sweets as comfort food. Cocoa.

    Beans, lentils, peas, rice to extend the high quality protein in real meat.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2009
  14. Expeditioner

    Expeditioner Well-Known Member

    Water distillation unit is a most. Some water are is so heavy with minerals that filter lose their effectiveness. Distilling helps remove the the minerals and toxic chemicals that filters will not remove.
  15. ke4sky

    ke4sky ke4sky


    Agree distillation is the most effective method. Unfortunately, I know of no of-the-shelf models for home use under $1600. This article describes how to build your own, or if you live in West Virginia ask your local moonshiner...

  16. Jerry D Young

    Jerry D Young Well-Known Member

  17. FuturePrep

    FuturePrep Member

    Two of the most obvious things that haven't yet been mentioned are:

    (1) a couple of good knives -- one or more hunting knives and one or more personal defense knives, as well as a sharpening stone;

    (2) one or more guns -- a good rifle and/or shotgun, and at least one pistol (more than one for personal defense). And of course as much ammo as you can afford!

    I can give some recommendations for these if anyone is interested.
  18. 10101

    10101 Guest

    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. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
    5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
    6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
    7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
    8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
    9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
    10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
    11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
    12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
    13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note -
    food grade if for drinking.
    16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.)
    17. Survival Guide Book.
    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)
    21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
    22. Vitamins
    23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
    24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
    25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
    26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
    27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
    28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
    29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
    30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
    31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
    32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
    33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
    34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
    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 & vinegar, baking supplies
    40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
    41. Flour, yeast & 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. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
    46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
    47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; 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, Duffel Bags
    58. Garden tools & supplies
    59. Scissors, fabrics & 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 & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
    64. Bicycles...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, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
    69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
    70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
    71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
    72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
    73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
    74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
    75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
    76. Reading glasses
    77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
    78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
    79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
    80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders 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 & carts (for transport to and from)
    87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
    88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
    89. Lantern Hangers
    90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & 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 & cotton neckerchiefs
    100. Livestock
  19. Glendale

    Glendale Guest

    Jeez, are you moving 10101?? Haha just kidding, I know it takes alot to be fully prepared and even then whose to say you are actually ready for anything. Prepping is kinda like like parenting.....
  20. Glendale

    Glendale Guest

    What is survival-in-a-can??