Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency

1. GeneratorsTop 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency(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, Oil 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. Can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks, kitchen utensils.
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 CylindersTop 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency(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. Cook StovesTop 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency(Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinders and Handle-Holders (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 ExtinguishersTop 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency(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. Heavy Duty Work BootsTop 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency, 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 BagsTop 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency& 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: socks, 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 & utility 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 WaxTop 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency
96. Chickens
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Livestock

[Thanks to The Bacon Report for this list]

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170 Responses

  1. anarchyhour

    Very useful and informative list. But assuming computers and the internet are toast, I'd have ham radios in there. And hard copy porn. No internet, no nudie pics online.

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  2. Todd

    I don't get why hand egg beaters, whisks, etc disappear you can use a fork to accomplish anything they can do.

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  3. elertyrache

    I don’t know If I said it already but …This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..

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    • LED Lights

      It's always good to have LED flashlights as well. LED lights require less wattage which is going to save on your batteries. LED lights last up to 100,000 hours. They are also much more durable than regular cfl bulbs. Also, LED flashlights are much smaller which makes them more practical to carry around.

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    • Herbal Survivalist

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  4. William Barentine

    1) generators…
    Had mine shot by a 9mm pistol by a group of those that were not prepared when we lost our electricity for 4 days!
    Can't kkep it in the house while running, so either "post" a guard (armed), or do without like we ended up doing!

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    • Spook45

      Improvise! A couple of pieces of pipe, and a ittle redneck plumbin will get the fumes outside and protect the genny from thugs. A 12gauge might help also. I dont have one, cant afford it really, in 94 when the big icestorm cripled the middle part of the country, we were right in middle of the affected area. Spent a week without power and subzero temps, but the trusty woodstove was there to keep us warm and to cook on too. We even heated water on it to bathe with.

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  5. William Barentine

    1) generators…
    Had mine shot by a 9mm pistol by a group of those that were not prepared when we lost our electricity for 4 days!
    Can't kkep it in the house while running, so either "post" a guard (armed), or do without like we ended up doing!

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  6. William Barentine

    11) cooking oil/s:
    I heartily recommend you buy as much Virgin Olive oil as you can…
    It is NOT cheap by any means, but nothing good is!
    Lasts quite awhile too, if you keep it out of light, and sealed.
    It will keep you from dying if you have nothing more to eat than lean meats such as: rabbit, or trout.
    (3 days of eating just rabbit meat and you are in serious trouble)
    (It takes 24 -1lb trout, per day, per person, to get all you'll need to stay alive!)
    Take 1 tbsp per meal, or cook the meat/s in the oil to get the additional supplements you need to have a balanced intake.(protein poisoning is bad, starts with diahrrea, ends with dehydration!)

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  7. William Barentine

    11) cooking oil/s:
    I heartily recommend you buy as much Virgin Olive oil as you can…
    It is NOT cheap by any means, but nothing good is!
    Lasts quite awhile too, if you keep it out of light, and sealed.
    It will keep you from dying if you have nothing more to eat than lean meats such as: rabbit, or trout.
    (3 days of eating just rabbit meat and you are in serious trouble)
    (It takes 24 -1lb trout, per day, per person, to get all you'll need to stay alive!)
    Take 1 tbsp per meal, or cook the meat/s in the oil to get the additional supplements you need to have a balanced intake.(protein poisoning is bad, starts with diahrrea, ends with dehydration!)

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  8. William Barentine

    41) salt…
    Should be listed sole and separately.
    Why?
    Ever give a person with a thyroid condition "Iodized" salt?
    DON'T!

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  9. William Barentine

    41) salt…
    Should be listed sole and separately.
    Why?
    Ever give a person with a thyroid condition "Iodized" salt?
    DON'T!

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  10. William Barentine

    13) water containers…
    (hard clear plastic) ONLY?
    Seriously?
    So, you are saying that I should dispose of my 210 gallon polyethlene water tank made of soft black injection molded plastic? ( sure, only a few hundred dollars cost!)
    The big one, a 2,500 gallon tank ONLY costs $1,100.00 + tax!
    ( I'll tell the dealer they are unfit for potable water use!)
    What about my 8-15 gallon polyethylene "blue" water barrels? ($34.00 each @ Sportsman's Warehouse)
    Or, all my 55 gallon, Blue and Black poly barrels(10)? ($110.00 each)
    Interesting information, but it is WRONG!
    The list is only as good as a recommendation, NOT as a specific guide for certain!

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  11. William Barentine

    13) water containers…
    (hard clear plastic) ONLY?
    Seriously?
    So, you are saying that I should dispose of my 210 gallon polyethlene water tank made of soft black injection molded plastic? ( sure, only a few hundred dollars cost!)
    The big one, a 2,500 gallon tank ONLY costs $1,100.00 + tax!
    ( I'll tell the dealer they are unfit for potable water use!)
    What about my 8-15 gallon polyethylene "blue" water barrels? ($34.00 each @ Sportsman's Warehouse)
    Or, all my 55 gallon, Blue and Black poly barrels(10)? ($110.00 each)
    Interesting information, but it is WRONG!
    The list is only as good as a recommendation, NOT as a specific guide for certain!

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    • walterc

      It's not necessarily a list of what to have, it's a list of what will be gone from the shelves first. What you have on hand to survive is up to your individual situation. If you live in an apartment, or even a suburban neighborhood, keeping livestock really isn't a preparation option. But wshtf, fresh meat will disappear from the shelves fairly fast and marauding gangs will target livestock as a source of revenue.

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  12. William Barentine

    The list needs to be realistic:
    1-25: Water and all related categories, to filter, purify, and store/carry same.
    25-50: foods, all types.
    50-75: Shelter, clothing, etc.
    75-100: Traps, weapons, ammo, etc.

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  13. Spook45

    I love this list! Its not steadfast, but a good guideline to work off of. You have to remember that survival is dictated by threat and situation. While the ideal situation is to be able to shelter in place, there are situations and specific threats that might require you to bug out for one reason or another. That being what it is, you should work the list to your individual needs and location and with any forewarning, perhaps adjust for your proximity to the threat. I have copied this list and made adjustments as well as prioritizing it for my individual needs and uses. I would each of you to do the same. BUY MORE AMMO!

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  14. william barentine

    Add:
    Q-tips and clove oil!
    Ever had a severe toothache?
    If you have/do, you’ll appreciate this!
    1 tiny drop of clove oil on a small piece of cotton, placed on a fractured tooth, raw nerve, missing filling area, is a great relief!
    Not a long time fix-it by any means…
    But having had 8 children, I can tell you it is a necessity!
    Thin: Medical!
    You never are truly and totally prepared for Medical Emergencies….!
    Secondary:
    Buy clear (non-sudsy) ammonia in the gallon size.
    Keep it close!
    Ammonia is one way to kill the venom from any number of insect stings. It neutralizes the venom.
    Thirdly:
    Hydrogen Peroxide….
    Buy it, keep it in a cool dark place…!
    It is one of the best antiseptics around. It can be used in a spray bottle for large applications, and even used to wipe down areas to make them sterile.
    It’s the basics that may save your life in an emergency situation!

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  15. william barentine

    Question for the site moderators, etc..
    How does one go back into a post and make corrections?
    Like, spelling errors?
    Thank You.

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  16. Bob Bulberber

    Really like the article. If you think of it, it's probably safest to endure the emergency by going to Wal-Mart.

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  17. Survivalspot

    Great tips! We didnt create this article originally so it's not as "complete" as our list would be. Still many great items to consider on this list though.

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  18. Joe

    Thanks for the list and informative blog. Have to love the "experts" who mock the post. Everyone must realize nothing is definitive and each and every list will never cover each scenario. Dude with the 210 gallon polyethlene water tank — not everyone has the funds to purchase a cistern to bury on their property. Let's be realistic. Would love to see your blog if you can do better.

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    • Pool Cleaner Arcadia

      I clean pools for a living. If you want to know how to convert your pool water into something drinkable during a survival situation email me

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  19. JC in AZ

    In regards to 'WIlliam' who went on and on about different types of water barrels, perhaps he should' have read the article's title a little slower: "Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency". I doubt people are running to the the local Wal-Mart to stock up on 2500 gallon water barrels. Odds are, they will find the clear 5 gallon refillable kind or the 7 gallon cube type in the camping section. Corner stores don't usually stock up on much larger.

    Frankly, the list will probably vary a little depending on location and type of emergency. Contribute to the list WITHOUT mocking the author. If you've got a better list, please send us the link to your blog so we can all criticize YOUR thoroughness!

    Thanks for the huge list! It gives me something tangible to work with as I increase my preparations.

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  20. JC in AZ

    In regards to 'WIlliam' who went on and on about different types of water barrels, perhaps he should' have read the article's title a little slower: "Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency". I doubt people are running to the the local Wal-Mart to stock up on 2500 gallon water barrels. Odds are, they will find the clear 5 gallon refillable kind or the 7 gallon cube type in the camping section. Corner stores don't usually stock up on much larger.

    Frankly, the list will probably vary a little depending on location and type of emergency. Contribute to the list WITHOUT mocking the author. If you've got a better list, please send us the link to your blog so we can all criticize YOUR thoroughness!

    Thanks for the huge list! It gives me something tangible to work with as I increase my preparations.

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  21. greenbug

    All good stuff but personally I opt for a few cases of whiskey, lots of tobacco, cigarette paper, pipes etc and lots of .22 ammo

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  22. Tim

    Thanks for the list. Some interesting items on the list that I wouldn't consider. Also kind of funny to see things like reading glasses in front of items like nuts, or trail mix. I would assume those items would be listed the other way around.

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    • Denise

      Without my reading glasses I can't see to do a lot of things. I am going to keep an extra pair in my BOB.

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    • marie

      For those who can't read without reading glasses, they are priceless!

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    • dessa

      yes what about antibotic i have a three yr old a five yr old how wouldyou do thses if an emergancy occurrred do you get adutl pillt and split it or do i just ask my dr about the doseage and can you have this in your surrviale kit i have been very unaware but this momma bear is fixing to get a survial game plan get stocked up i got everything on my list which is two pages long and iam not done yet thanks for all the fanyastic eye opening things you need i got it repectfully momma bear, dessa

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      • Claire

        Wow, I certainly hope spelling and grammar aren't necessary survival tools.

  23. pingjockey68

    Thanks for your time to make this list. It is very imformative for sure. It is certaninly good to know that there are people trying to help other get ready when the SHTF. We never know when we go to bed what we will face the next day. I do agree with the man that said his generator got shot up by those not prepared. I do believe that stealth is the answer and a noisy generator is not a good idea for people living in a area that is populated. I even had a problem once with using my colman lanterns when the power was out for about 10 days. Others saw the light and figured I had some supplies but they decided to leave after viewing my 12ga. Like I said stealth is the key to survival and keeping a low profile. I like to help others but sure dont want to advertise what I have or that I am even at home.

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    • Bets'

      A lot of the survivalists recommend putting heavy gage plastic over windows, which means buying a good tape too. I stock up on plumbers candles. At .59 cents each, I buy $10-$15 at a time.

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  24. greywolf

    im a huge fan of the .22 i own two and i shoot mine at least weekly if there was any kind of social eco colapse id grab my .22 before any thing else then id regroup gather suplies then head to the cabin

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  25. R. Lee

    I have been reading alot of stuff lately about numerous different things that could happen to cause a huge nation-wide emergency. If and when it happens, all you are going to have is what you have. The stores will all be looted in one day. If there is no electricity, your debit-credit cards will be useless. I strongly suggest that you have a few hundred dollars in small bills tucked away. You should also lean in the direction of defending your home, supplies etc… with a couple of 20 or 12 gauge shotguns. You don't want to be around hundreds or thousands of hungry people with hungry children. It won't be pretty. The have-nots will try to take from the haves everything they can. Be prepared!

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  26. hryiball

    Long term water purification in volume, aluminium sulphate and pool chlorine. The alum sulphate is a flocculant and the clorine kills anything in the water. Small amounts go a long way. Get both from a pool supply store.

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  27. julie

    i know that this is a post for items that will be cleared off the shelf first but i figured i'd give some tips. food stored in 5 gallon buckets use gamma seal lids (thse screw on because using a standard lid repeatively wears on it thus making tight seal no good) also put foods in mylar bags then in the 5 gallon bucket. stock up on space saver bags. you may not have kids now but you never know, i suggest to buy and stock up on reusable diapers and liners, personally i'd say no to disposable/ one time use diapers because its not like your trash will be picked up every tuesday and friday also the smell attracts rodents and to burn it draws attention to your location.sleeping bags would be best at -40 or more… anything above that would really be no good.

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  28. CKRS25

    Something people forget….a small cut that gets infected can kill you. Something we in first world countries take for-granted. Stock up on Neosporin and the like of anitbiotics. You can have all the water in the world…but you can't drink it if you're dead from a stupid cut. Just saying….Great list though. :)

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  29. Denise

    What do people do with Atomizers that they would rush out and buy if TSHTF?

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  30. Adrienne

    Good list to have! We have just survived a major earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand that has wiped out a quarter of the houses in a city of 400 k, mine with it! We had no power,water or sewage for 3 months, then it was on to a camping toilet for 8 months til we moved out. My husband was prepared and while the water was pouring into my lovely home I grabbed our emergency backpacks, our bum pack with passports,flash drive with photos on it, cash, silver coins and emergency numbers. My car had sand up to its trunk and was immovable so I had to wade out to the rd with the bum pack. NEVER assume it won't happen, cause this all took a maximum of 10 minutes!
    We survived the first week in relative " comfort" as we had a generator. New Zealand is Godsown country and the government had water, food and the army there within hours. Thank goodness it wasn't New Orleans, we would have been ignored there. We are now on 10 acres with chickens, sheep, cattle and a " Morman Pantry" of supplies

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    • Claire

      I'm glad you had your emergency supplies ready and survived the ordeal. I understand the quakes are still occurring on a regular basis. Our thoughts are with you.

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  31. Brittany

    Why liquid laundry detergent? When you have so many things to store, that silly item would take up a whole lot of space. A box of borax and a few bars of fels naptha soap will wash enough laundry for about a year…and that's if you do a lot of laundry.

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  32. Kit

    I think it's true that many of these will disappear first in an emergency.
    Bear in mind though – that doesn't mean that these are all what's *actually* important !
    I think this is a good list to give us an idea of how really, really Unprepared most people are to even *consider* what's needed in a true long term emergency situation.
    If you think a portable toilet is a major need, you're probably in the majority. Doesn't mean you need one, just that you – and hundreds of others- might *think* they need one.
    Myself, I know what *I* need, and if the majority of folks are after other things, well- all the better for me!

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  33. dew

    First – I review the past year. Find out what your family has consumed. Food, water, medicines, clothing, etc. Start with that list and add to it.

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  34. DannyBoy

    Actually, everyone forgets what the first thing to disappear will be…. 1) YOUR RIGHTS… ALL OF THEM

    Be prepared for a visit from the police or military to take all of your supplies (food, ammunition, medical, etc), so that they can store and ration off for the "better good".

    Be prepared to be taken away from your home and put into a 'camp'. (Easier to manage people). They don't want thinkers, survivalists, etc running around. You will be the end of the government. Militia still strikes fear in this government, and they will without a doubt come and take away all of your arms, ammunition, and anything else that can be used AGAINST them in a time of panic and emergency.

    We all know those in command and well-connected will be comfortable and safe, and when shit really hits the fan they know they cannot stop an angry mob (justly) who is weaponized, intelligent, resourceful, supplied, and has no fear of government of bringing down that government. Happens ALL THE TIME in 2nd and 3rd world countries. It's actually interesting how powerful a well organized group of people can be in a time of duress. And the government KNOWS this.

    So, just saying, the VERY FIRST THING TO GO will be your rights and everything ancillary which is used to defend those rights.

    I've always said people should form groups and/or live close to each other, to create a survival camp. Each can help each other survive, but as a whole, can protect from onslaughts of military, and/or scavenger attacks. Reach out to other 'survival camps' . Local police will leave you alone, and if the military does come around, they might just move on as they won't want to waste valuable resources (no more manufacturing) or personnel fighting a group of clearly well organized people. They'll just move on to the next. At least you will be grouped, and can be easily monitored.

    Good Luck Out There.

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  35. ron

    great info.

    very important, DO NOT PANIC because it could spell the end for anybody even the most prepared.

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  36. Vic

    Great post. I realized that several things were missing if you were in a place to store your items (and not just in a bug out situtation). I would suggest: Electrolight powder, Powder green powders, vitamin C (these 3 things add to water), Sprouting Seeds, lots of Vitamins, in your sewing kit having heavy material for patching pants, extra shoe laces, couple hundred yards of para-cord, rechargeable batteries with a solar recharger, LED lights with solar powdered out door lights (that are wired into the living area), coconut oil (up to 5 yr life), asprin, tooth repair kit and pain killer, solar/hand crank radio, dish soap.

    I'm in cold weather: So Good Hiking boots (water proof & insulated), Insulated clothing, including insulated mud boots, good warm hat (covering ears, and neck), gloves (working & cold), insulated under garments.

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  37. Vic

    Oh sorry, forgot. Rain Poncho or Rain cover pants & Jacket. (for cold weather people)

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  38. George Shaw

    I don't understand what is meant by "disappear." Do you mean these items disappear because people take them, or because these are the first things to disappear as far as being available to acquire.from a store or someone else in trade.

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  39. PIT_Bob

    In 2007, my wife and I saw this list for the first time, thought it was a great wake-up call to advance our prepping We decided we would take the lists 100 items to heart, but tweak it a little to have it fall into prioritzed groups. ie. (1) Shelter (2)Fire (3) Water (4) Food (5) Protection (6)Tactics + Logistics and so on and so on. We added a few things. Do you Honestly, think it's just gonna be 100 items.
    Once ever three months, we go over the list to see if it still meets our needs and make adjustments accordingly.

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  41. Kip

    Dude, In the top 100 Items, all of the items are very vital to Disappear First During a National Emergency. In the top 100 items I like most Cots & Inflatable mattress’s since it much essential in our daily life.

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  42. Spencer @ Knives

    Great list here! Number 7 on the list is a good knife. I think knives can help you "survive" for a long time and I guess other people obviously see this as well during a natural disaster. So many vital items here.

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  43. sdfgasdf

    Gee, why don't we just add everything in the world to this list, then we'd be prepared for anything!

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    It is important to recession-proof your home in those days. The best way is to make money from home. With the purchase of a home based work or with your own online business is the way for you to do this. Definitely they can be an alternative to paycheck or an additional income for your home.
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  46. Girly

    A few years ago, my husband and I went through an Ice Storm that knocked out power in our city for 20 days in the middle of winter. I'll tell you, a lot of things on this list are pretty accurate to what went first. Most people didn't have power in the coldest part of the year, with no fireplaces for the most part (lots of apartment dwellers). We went to Wal mart after we lost power to get food that didn't require heating. The shelves were basically bare. Canned soup and bread were gone. There were no candles in the entire town, or kerosene. Propane tanks were gone (fortunately we had one) and there were no more grills or charcoal on the shelves. Home Depot was out of generators and a guy came into town a few days later selling black market generators for four times the cost. Winter clothes and warm blankets were gone. There were no snow shovels or ice melt and the gas stations hiked their prices WAY high (like the prices we have today HA!). Space heaters, camp stoves, and basically anything pertaining to heating and cooking in a power outage were completely gone.

    We got lucky in that natural gas was unaffected so we could still take hot showers (A real luxury given how cold we were). I have a thing for scented candles so we had lighting and we had our propane tank full so we could cook if we went outside. We had our glacier gear from cold weather camping as well as our science backgrounds (Physics & Engineering majors) to utilize some homemade solar heat gain contraptions and we managed to keep the apartment at about 55F (not bad since it was getting down to single digits at night). Our neighbor in the apartment building, down the hall a ways, said his unit was a steady 25F and he left for a hotel in a nearby town (you can imagine their rate spike for this).

    So I can tell you from personal experience that this list is pretty reasonable

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  47. Amy Trenton

    This list is a prime example of why you need to be as prepared as possible for an emergency beforehand. Avoid figuring out what to do during the emergency if at all possible.

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  48. Paramedical

    For any critical situation we should be prepare and all the items which are mentioned above post. I think rice, wheat, water filter, milk and first aid kit are most important items for national emergency.

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    Your article is very informative and coherent. I'm happy that I stumbled upon your page and hope to find more articles of such caliber on this site in the future.

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  50. farm sheds

    We should follow this post and the given items are really helpful for us in case of emergency. We should prepare for any critical situation.

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  51. Best Pocket Knife

    It's amazing what will go quickly that you might not really think about. Thanks for the VERY through list. We're starting to store some supplies just in case and this list will us avoid missing some key items.

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  52. Mark

    Will Spices really disappear? during an emergency, personally the last thing I would care about are spices :)

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  53. Tom Norris

    You are so right and the top 3, gone in a heart beat. In Houston there are scalpers everywhere charging $500 and more above cost selling generators. Also as a CHL training center we have seen a huge increase in classes. One of the reasons people give is when there is some type of natural disaster they feel the local law enforcement just cannot protect them.

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  54. Tom Norris

    Self defense is a growing concern with the economy and in times of natural disaster. Our concealed handgun classes are booked regularly. One of the dominate comments is that if people are desperate in these economy times with relatively good conditions when a hurricane comes the widespread destruction is just too much for law enforcement to respond to all the calls and that is if there is any phone service. So people want to be prepared to protect themselves.

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  55. Bob

    Hi there, just wanted to tell you, I loved this

    post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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  56. Jason

    You should make sure you check your stash of rifles, and make sure you have a 22 rifle, one of the best.

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  57. William

    This is a great list to help me figure out what to stock pile. Even if I don't need it or if my family doesn't need an item, that can certainly be used to barter. Great post!

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  58. Survival Knife Guide

    So this is basically a checklist? Make your way from 1 to 100 checking off all the things you will need to survive. And if all else fails, get yourself a knife.

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  59. Go Here

    I like number 100 on here, very relevant but unfortunately most people in big cities have no idea where to even look for livestock in case of emergency. The fact that you link to actual purchasable items is huge. Bookmarked!

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  60. Steven

    That's an extensive list and i would say quite complete. I would add a survival knife to that list, you never know when you need one and it would be so versatile in case of a national emergency.

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  61. Sam@bluepromocode

    An extensive list of what is needed. For the most part, a good survival list is about anything you would take on an extended camping trip and more. Guns, ammo, and I love the crank radio I have. No need to worry about batteries. Something else that I did not see on the list that could be added is cold weather clothing. If something happens that causes power outages during the winter, warm outdoor clothing would be very helpful.

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  62. Canon News - Jason

    Hey, great list dude, dont think number 1 ill will be my first choice, number 96 will be on the top of my list lol since everything already tastes like chickes

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  63. machete movie2k

    The best survival knives have a full tang for maximum strength.

    – 1977: The primary production had been identified in Japan.

    It allows your thumb nail to open the blade instantly.

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  64. Ryan

    Great list! I’ll definitely have to remember the top items in case of any natural disaster that might happen in my area.

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  65. Ryan

    There were a few items on this list I hadn't thought about. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. Do you have a printable version?

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  66. Wan

    If you are going to get a survival knife to prepare for a national emergency, it's advisable to get the Ka-Bar Becker Campanion BK2 knife.

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  67. Dianne

    Anybody mentioned knives?? I think is quite important. Thks for sharing this awesome list, Dianne

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  68. Matrix 355

    Own it or lost it is no more important to me. As I can go hunting with my crossbow, every other thing is no more important.

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  69. Richard

    That's quite a list. I actually printed it out.

    Pretty much for my own use when I need to figure out what the essentials we need when emergencies happen.

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  70. Prediksi Bola

    Some interesting items on the list that I wouldn't consider. Also kind of funny to see things like reading glasses in front of items like nuts, or trail mix…!!!

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  71. Bruce Forster

    I agree with you completely. We live 3 miles from a freshwater stream. In an emergency such as this, there WILL be hoards of people with the same idea. Typhus & Dysentary may rule the day. We have 60 gallons of water for drinking and cleaning and good filters. It also rains a lot lot around here, so we can set out containers to collect that water. Even though it may be water from the sky, FILTER IT ANYWAY!

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  72. my1ambition

    The list if from Bob Livingston's Burning Your Money (and quite frankly this list if the only worthy item in his $100+ book). In the book HE skips 14-15. Talk about a typo!

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  73. my1ambition

    14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won't heat a room.)
    15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)

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  74. Elizabeth Carrington

    I have severe hypothyroidism, because a have low iodine levels. Your thyroid has to have iodine to function properly. Pure iodized salt is a good source of iodine, as well as sea vegatables and eggs…. Not iodized salt tainted with potassium chloride. Chloride, bromide, and fluoride deplete iodine.

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  75. Lillian

    Wasp spray is better. You don't have to get close for tha just 20 ftt. Get it anywhere on their face and they be out of action long enough for you to run or hit them in the head. Courset getting even 100 ft. away is better. . Be smart and check your surroundings at all times.

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  76. Marlene

    Yes Tuna fish! You can survive on Tuna Fish, Rice and Veg or Olive Oil, boring but it can keep you from starving for some time. You need the fat or oil content to keep you alive. Tuna fish should be a must have.

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  78. Guest

    I started color coding the list in categories to simplify. I agree completely!

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  79. Sharon

    The list isn't a list of things you should have, though. I thought this list was all the things that will most likely come up scarce in the first few days of a national emergency. There's a big difference between the items you should have in a crisis, and the items society will snatch up quick. ( I, for one, was surprised at the listing for men's shampoo…I mean, really? Who cares if your hair is greasy if you're starving and cold?) Just a thought.

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  80. Robin Mitchell

    This list was originally comprised by a group of us pre-Y2k on an old misc.survivalism board. Some woman going by Joseph Almond copied it and claimed it as her own. It isn't. It is a group compilation and about 14 years old so while the basic list still holds remember prepping technology has made specific items better in many ways.

    It is still a good starter list IMHO. It still needs to be tweaked for every family, group, single person, etc as your personal circumstances require.

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