Saturday, March 12, 2011

Be Prepared for Hard Times!!

With the current unrest in the world, I believe hard times are coming. The rising price of oil, inflation, the economy, and global unrest are just a few indicators that we are in for a rough ride. While nothing is for certain, it would be wise to be prepared. The following lists are suggestions for emergency preparedness:

WATER - ITEMS LIST(Urgent - Survival List Items)
■Emergency Water: (Urgent - keep stored)
■Water Containers: (food grade if for drinking)
■Hand Pumps & Siphons (for water storage containers and for fuels)
■Emergency Water Filters and Purifiers

1. Grocery Store & Bulk Foods
3. LONG TERM Vegetarian MRE Foods (vegetarian protein foods)

Grocery Store & Bulk Foods List
■Rice - Wheat
■Legumes: Pinto Beans, Black Beans, etc.
■Oatmeal, Cornmeal
■Canned Fruits - Canned Vegetables - Soups - Stews, etc.
■Milk - Canned/Evaporated, Powdered, Sweetened/Condensed
■Eggs - Powdered (dried)
■Peanut Butter - Nuts - Popcorn
■Dehydrated Fruits & Vegetables - learn how to dehydrate your own
■Jerky - Trail Mix
■Graham Crackers - Saltines - Pretzels
■Chocolate - Cocoa - Tang - Punch
■Honey - Syrups - White Sugar - Brown Sugar
■Garlic - Spices - Baking Supplies
■Soy Sauce - Vinegar - Bouillon Soup-base
■Tuna Fish (packed in oil has more protein)
■Canned Meats
■Cooking Oil
■Flour - Yeast - Salt
■Bulk Herbs (used for seasoning),(Herbs can also be used for first aid, or treating minor medical issues)
■Vitamins - Minerals - Supplements

COOKING & HEATING(Important to Urgent - Survival List Items)
•Emergency Cook Stove
•Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur)
•Emergency Heater
•Gasoline Containers with Extra Fuel (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur)
•Seasoned Firewood (those that heat with wood)
•Heating Oil or Propane Users (Urgent/Shortages: keep tanks full as possible)SAFETY ITEMS(Important to Urgent - Survival List Items)
•Emergency Weather Alert Radios (NOAA weather radio)
•72-hour Kit (portable- in you have to evacuate your home)
•Emergency Car Kits (first aid & road-side kits)
•Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
•Smoke Alarms (battery powered)
•Fire Extinguishers (or Baking Soda in every room)
•Self Defense Items: Guns, Ammo, Pepper Spray, Non-Lethal Tools
•Survival Guide Book
•Take a basic course in CPR and First-Aid

KITCHEN & HOUSEHOLD(General to Important - Survival List Items)
•Cookware (pots, pans, etc)
•Paper Plates, Cups, Utensils, Paper Towels (stock up plenty of these)
•Hand Can Openers
•Insulated Ice Chests (to keep foods from extreme temperature ranges; such as not thawing or to keep from freezing)
•Garbage Cans Plastic (great for storage, water transporting/cans with wheels)
•Plastic Storage Containers (keep items dry and pest-free)
•Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many)
•Plastic Zip-Lock Bags (stock up on these)
•Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Cooking and Barter Item)
•Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypo chlorite)
•Laundry Detergent
•Dish Soap
•Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
•Clothes Pins, Line, Hangers
•Paraffin Wax
•Books (Bible and Favorite Reading)
•Writing Paper, Pads, Pencils
•Solar Calculators•Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks
•Board Games, Cards, Dice
•Scissors, Fabrics & Sewing Supplies
•Duct Tape (must have item)

PERSONAL CARE/HYGIENE(Important to Urgent - Survival List Items)
•First Aid Kits
•Reading Glasses
•Medicine: Prescriptions, Aspirin, Cold & Flu, etc.
•Hygiene: Feminine Products, Hair Care, Deodorant, Floss, Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Toothbrush & Paste
•Bath: Lotions, Shampoo, Soap, Waterless & Antibacterial Soaps - (save water)
•Shaving Supplies: Razors, Creams, Talc, Aftershave
•Baby Supplies: Diapers, Wipes, Formula, Ointments, Aspirin, etc.
•Portable Toilets & Sanitation
•Toilet Paper, Kleenex

LIGHTING(Important Needed - Survival List Items)
•Flashlights, Light-sticks, Torches
•Batteries (all latest Expiration Dates)
•Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps
•Charcoal, Lighter Fluid

TOOLS(General Needed - Survival List Items)
•Basic Tool Kit: Hammer, Screw Drivers, etc.
•Shovels: Regular and Snow
•Knives & Sharpening Tools: Files, Stones, Steel
•Bow Saws, Axes and Hatchets. Wedges (also, honing oil)
•Tire Repair Kits

CLOTHING(General Needed - Survival List Items)
•Hats & Beanies
•Gloves: Work/Warming/Gardening, etc.
•Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
•Woolen Clothing, Scarves, Ear-muffs, Mittens
•Work Boots, Belts, Levis & Durable Shirts
•Thermal Underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
•Rain Gear, Rubber Boots, etc.

MISCELLANEOUS(General Needed - Survival List Items)
•Tarps, Stakes, Twine, Rope, Spikes
•Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Pillows, Mats
•Cots & Inflatable Mattresses
•Backpacks, Duffel Bags
•Fishing Supplies/Tools•Mosquito Repellent, Sprays, Creams
•Mousetraps, Ant & Cockroach Traps•Rat & Mouse Poison, Roach Killer
•Glue, Nails, Nuts, Bolts, Screws, etc.
•Plastic Window Insulation Kits (or sheeting with extra duct tape)
•Lumber (all types)
•Wagons & Carts (good for transporting many items)
•Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc

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