100 Items You Need in a Disaster

For sure, people don’t think a disaster will happen to them. But disasters are increasing in frequency. How well would you and your family manage if you couldn’t get to the grocers or the stores were closed for a few weeks? What if the power went out for more than a day? How well would your family manage without running water?

Are You Prepared?
It really doesn’t take much to prepare for an emergency. Many of these things you already have in your home. You can purchase most of these items quite inexpensively. Of course, the first thing on the list to disappear in an emergency is the most expensive, because people wait. Even if you can’t afford the first item, you can afford most of the things on the list. The last item on the list isn’t for everyone either.

This list contains 100 items which are cleared from the shelves in short order just prior to any disaster. Not on the list is water. That goes without saying. You should have a minimum of 3 days water for everyone in your family. Some of the items on this list may take a minute to consider why they would disappear first, but give it some thought. You’d find all these things helpful in any emergency.

100 Items That Disappear First
This list was first assembled by Joseph Almond prior to Y2K and it is still valid to consider these as “extremely desirable items” in the event of nearly any disaster.
1. Generators
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets (this can be a camping plastic can with a seat)
4. Seasoned Firewood (wood takes 6 – 12 mos. to become dried, for home uses)
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps
6. Coleman Fuel
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots
8. Hand-Can openers & Hand Egg Beaters, Whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/White & Brown Sugars
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking)
12. Charcoal & Lighter fluid
13. Water Containers
14. Mini Heater Head (Propane)
15. Grain Grinder (Hand-operated, non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders
17. Survival Guides
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
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: Regular & Heavy Duty
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic or Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible to have too many.)
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towels (Also, impossible to have too much).
31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake liquid every 3 to 4 months.)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-hybrid)
33. Clothes Pins/Line/Hangers
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit: 1(800) 835-3278
35. Tuna Fish
36. Fire Extinguishers
37. First Aid Kits
38. Batteries
39. Garlic, Spices & Vinegar, Baking Supplies
40. BIG DOGS (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, Yeast & Salt
42. Matches “Strike Anywhere” are best. 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 & Durable Shirts
46. Flashlights/Lightsticks & Torches.
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experiences, preserve historic times!)
48. Garbage Cans, Plastic
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
57. Backpacks & Duffle bags
58. Garden Tools & Supplies
59. Scissors, Fabrics & Sewing Supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, Stews, etc.
61. Bleach
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
71. Baby Wipes, Oils, Waterless & Anti-Bacterial Soap.
72. Rain Bear, 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. Hot Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. “Survival-in-a-Can” type kits.
79. Woolen Clothing, Scarves/Ear-Muffs/Mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook (also, Leader’s Catalog)
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kits
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
95. Paraffin Wax
96. Glue, Nails, Nuts, Bolts, Screws, etc.
97. Chewing Gum/Candies
98. Atomizers & Spray Bottles (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & Cotton Neckerchiefs
100. Goats & Chickens


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