One Hundred Items That Will Disappear First During Any Disaster

Here is a list of 100 items that will disappear first during any major disaster or emergency.

It was first assembled by Joseph Almond prior to Y2K and is still valid to consider these things as “extremely desirable items” in the event of nearly any disaster.

  1. Generators
  2. Water Filters/Purifiers
  3. Portable Toilets
  4. Seasoned Firewood (wood takes 6 – 12 mos. to become dried for home use)
  5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
  6. Coleman Fuel
  7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats and Slingshots
  8. Hand-Can openers and hand egg beaters, whisks
  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)
  21. Cook stoves (Propane, Coleman and 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 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
  79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
  80. 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 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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