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There are many people willing to take your money on the Internet. Because of the uncertainty of the times, they play on your fears. One gimmick that has been around for months is the “37 critical items you need to stay alive and healthy.” They warn, “You won’t be able to buy these later." The promo is somber and startling. If you follow the ad, the info they want to sell you is worth $97, but you can now purchase it for only $27. That’s a deal for sure. But I don’t believe the information they are selling is all that hard to obtain. Do I encourage everyone to have a minimum of three WEEKS food storage? YES! Why? Grocery stores have only 3 to 4 DAYS of food. In an emergency, the shelves are stripped bare in hours. One place to begin is to purchase double the food items you use every week (this of course does not include perishable produce). One for now, one for later. A second approach is to stock up on items, which are cleaned out just prior to a disaster. This takes some of the guesswork out of the food storage equation. Begin by purchasing the 37 food items on the list below. Add in your most used items that are not on this list and you are well on your way to food storage! What items disappear from the shelves first when disaster hits? Not trying to sound like a fear monger, but do you have enough food to get through a crisis? Ask yourself if you'd be eating in a week if your food ran out today and the grocery shelves couldn’t be restocked. So what are the “37 critical items” hocked in the ad? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. The 100 Items that disappear first in an emergency list is all you need. I’ve gleaned the food items from the 100 list. (Hey, I’ve just saved you $27!) Here they are: 1. Vegetable oil 2. Honey 3. Sugar 4. Rice 5. Beans 6. Wheat 7. Milk (powered & condensed milk) 8. Canned tuna fish 9. Canned chicken 10. Canned fruit 11. Canned veggies 12. Canned tomatoes 13. Canned beans 14. Chicken stock/broth 15. Canned soup 16. Canned stew 17. Baking supplies 18. Peanut butter 19. Popcorn 20. Nuts 21. Soy sauce 22. Vinegar (apple cider vinegar) 23. Bouillon 24. Tea 25. Coffee 26. Salt 27. Baby food 28. Baby formula 29. Vitamins 30. Hot cocoa 31. Garlic 32. Freeze dried onions 33. Spices 34. Yeast 35. Pet food 36. Flour 37. Chewing gum & candy (I wouldn't include this one, but it was on the list. If nothing else, in an emergency these could be used for barter.)