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This list was originally prepared for Y2K, but it is still relevant, especially considering our current economic situation.  (And let me interject here that I did nothing for Y2K except fill the bathtub with water, and sit around on the internet watching to see what happened in Australia when 12:00am rolled over.  When it appeared they were ok, I went to bed and slept soundly!  Our current situation, however, has alarmed me beyond anything I’ve experienced thus far.  I urge you to prepare for a spike in inflation at the very least – whatever you can stock for your family now will help you down the road later.)

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100 Items to Disappear First in A Panic

By Joseph Almond

#1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy..target of thieves; maintenance, etc.)

#2. Water Filters/Purifiers (Shipping delays increasing.)

#3. Portable Toilets (Increasing in price every two months.)

#4. Seasoned Firewood (About $100 per cord; wood takes 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 & Slingshots

#8. Hand-Can openers & hand egg beaters, whisks (Life savers!)

#9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugars

#10. Rice – Beans – Wheat (White rice is now $12.95 – 50# bag. Sam’s Club, stock depleted often.)

#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)

#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)

#21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)

#22. Vitamins (Critical, due 10 Y2K-forced daily canned food diets.)

#23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item.)

#24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products

#25. Thermal underwear (Tops and bottoms)

#26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets &  Wedges (also, honing oil)

#27. Aluminum foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking & 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 & 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: 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 &  vinegar, baking supplies

#40. BIG DOGS (and plenty of dog food)

#41. Flour, yeast &  salt

#42. Matches (3 box/$1 .44 at WalMart: & 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, 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 &  Duffle 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 &  Anti-bacterial 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, boullions/gravy/soup base

#76. Reading glasses

#77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)

#78. “Survival-in-a-Can”

#79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens

#80. BSA – New 1998 – Boy Scout Handbook (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 &  carts (for transport to & from open Flea markets)

#87. Cots &  Inflatable mattresses (for extra guests)

#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. Goats/chickens

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If you have not read Glenn Beck’s recent article “WHAT HAPPENED?”  with the economic mess we are in, it’s well worth taking a gander at:  http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/16171/

So….where do we go from here?

I am no financial expert, but I don’t believe it takes one to see the handwriting on the wall.  The economy is in a mess, and I don’t believe it will get better anytime soon (and I’m normally such an optimistic person!).  I don’t even think we’ve seen the bottom of this downward spiral yet.

My best advice to you would be – plan ahead for what you may need for yourself and family, be it food, medical supplies, clothing, shoes, etc. and prepare for a long recovery.  This is not going to be a quick fix, and we are more than likely looking at several years of rough road ahead.  Having said that, I do believe we WILL come through this crisis.  But I think every American has the responsibility to plan ahead and take care of their family.

There are many links and quite a bit of information I’ve posted on this blog already on what to store, how to store it, and even where to get it.  I’ll be posting more information in the weeks to come, and it is my prayer it will be useful to someone.

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