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Which Items Will Disappear First During A Major National Emergency?

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End Times Ruins Apocalypse - Public DomainOne day in the not too distant future, a major emergency will strike this nation, and that will set off a round of hoarding unlike anything we have ever seen before.  Just think about what happens when a big winter storm or a hurricane is about to hit one of our major cities – inevitably store shelves are stripped bare of bread, milk, snow shovels, etc.  Even though winter storms and hurricanes are just temporary hurdles to overcome, they still cause many people to go into panic mode.  So what is going to happen when we have a real crisis on our hands?

We can get some clues about which items will disappear first during a major national emergency by taking a look at where such a scenario is already playing out.  One recent survey found that over 80 percent of all basic foodstuffs are currently unavailable in Venezuela, and about half the country can no longer provide three meals a day for their families.  Thankfully, some stores still have a few things that they are able to offer, but other key items are completely gone.  The following comes from USA Today

Oh, there are some things to buy. Besides salt, there are fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy products but no milk, some cereal, lots of snacks and a few canned goods.

The only meat is sausages; there are three kinds of cheese. The only problem: A kilogram of each costs more than a fourth of our monthly minimum wage of 15,050 bolivars.

But basic foodstuffs – the things most Venezuelans want to eat  such as corn meal, wheat flour, pasta, rice, milk, eggs, sugar, coffee, chicken, mayonnaise, margarine, cooking oil and beef – are conspicuous by their absence. And there is no toilet paper, no sanitary napkins, no disposable baby diapers, no shampoo, no toothpaste, no hand soap and no deodorant.

Do you have plenty of the items in bold above stored up?

If not, you may want to stock up while you still can.

Venezuela was once the wealthiest nation in all of South America, but now lines for food often begin as early as three in the morning.  Some people have become so desperate that they are actually hunting cats, dogs and pigeons for food, and there are even a few very sick people that have been killing and eating zoo animals.

Someday similar things will happen in the United States and Europe too.

When that day arrives, will you be prepared?

One of the things that got my attention from the article quote above was the lack of milk.  My wife is always telling me that we should store up more dried milk, and I believe that she is right.

Just imagine not having any milk and not being able to get any more.

What would you do?

Another thing that really stood out to me in the article was the fact that there is a severe shortage of personal hygiene items.  Most people don’t really think of those as “prepper goods”, but the truth is that life will become very uncomfortable without them very rapidly.

What would you do if there was no more toilet paper?

And if you have a little one, how are you going to manage without any diapers?

In general, it is wise to always have an extra supply of just about everything that you use on a daily basis stored away somewhere in your home.  The generation that went through the Great Depression of the 1930s understood this concept very well, but most of us that are younger have had it so good for so long that we don’t even really grasp what a real crisis looks like.

Another thing that we are seeing happen right now in Venezuela is the rise of a barter economy

Many of my urban friends are now planting vegetables in their outdoor spaces – if they have any – or in pots. Another friend, who is a hairdresser, is charging clients food to do their hair. For a shampoo and dry, she charges a kilo of corn meal, saying that she doesn’t have time to stand in line like some of her clients.

As you prepare for what is ahead, you may want to consider stocking up on some items that would specifically be used for bartering in a crisis situation.

For example, you may not drink coffee, but there are millions upon millions of people that do.  In a crisis situation, there will be many that will be extremely desperate to get their hands on some coffee, and so any coffee that you store away now may become a very valuable asset.

We live in a world where one out of every eight people already goes to bed hungry each night, and where one out of every three children is underweight.  As global weather patterns become more extreme, as natural disasters continue to become more frequent and more intense, and as terror and war continue to spread, it is inevitable that the stress on the global food system is going to continue to grow.

Today you can waltz into Wal-Mart and buy giant cartloads of very inexpensive food, but it will not always be that way.

Unfortunately, more than half the country is currently living paycheck to paycheck, and most Americans do not have any emergency food stored up at all.

In addition to food and personal hygiene supplies, here are some other items that are likely to disappear very rapidly during a major national emergency…

-Flashlights

-Batteries

-Generators

-Propane

-Can Openers

-Water Filters

-Water Containers

-Anything Related To Self-Defense

-Axes

-Knives

-Sleeping Bags

-Tents

-First Aid Kits

-Matches

-Candles

-Firewood

-Shovels

-Bottled Water

-Warm Clothing

-Lanterns

-Portable Radios

So in addition to food and personal hygiene items, you may want to do an inventory of the items that I have listed above and see where you may have some holes in your preparation plans.

I understand that there will be some people that will read this article and think that all of us “preppers” are being just a tad ridiculous.

But when a major emergency strikes this nation and you haven’t done anything to prepare, you will dearly wish that you had bothered to take action while there was still time remaining to do so.

 
  • K

    Good article. But I consider generators, of limited usefulness, considering their price.If you are in a true emergency situation, that lasts any amount of time. You will find your generators, go through an awful amount of fuel. How much can you really store. The only exception is highly localized emergencies. If life is normal, say within fifty miles. Then additional fuel can be hauled in..Mankind existed without electricity for a very long time. Also during any real emergency. Drawing attention to yourself, can be unwise. If you lights are on, when everyone else is dark. Could attract the very people you want to avoid.

    • BS1986

      Investing in heavy blackout curtains is a good idea.

    • CASTIEL

      The best way to defend a position at night is without lights…otherwise the enemy spots you but you cant see them…

      • MeMadMax

        Very large, very bright spotlight system behind your point of defense gives several advantages: You blind the enemy, without blinding yourself.

        • RomeoOscOscSierraTangoEchoRome

          I use solar 100 led lights to shine away from all side of the house…If your wearing N/V you will have very sore eyes for a few minutes, if not your lit up like a Christmas tree…..Either way….that is when their lights go out permanently…

          • GSOB

            Now that’s True Grit

          • RomeoOscOscSierraTangoEchoRome

            That’s right…

        • CASTIEL

          they can shoot the spootlighs…..and you are giving away your position.

          • alan

            Unless he is sitting on a mountain of spot lights and ammo. Sooner or later he will end up long pork.

      • K

        Your method would be the best, from my experience. A thought for people using the light method. Remember the Alamo.No matter how brave, or how skilled. If a large enough group wants in, they get in.Stealth is better. Wood gasification would be a good idea, several months into a long term emergency. At first, too much noise, too much smoke, too much smell. My method is low observability. But each must do what they think is best.

        • alan

          Even smaller cities bands of people will go around looking for whatever they can find. They will come in to search so you will end up confronting a lot of people over and over. Eventually someone will set you up to take you out. They look over the fence for a garden or animals. Stupid animals make noise too. You would need to hide an F’ed up place that the average person would not consider going to.

          • Jerry C

            Panic room.

      • BS1986

        Night Vision and thermal sights……..thermal is amazing.

        • GSOB

          Bingo.

          Hunt the game that’s hunting the game….

        • Priszilla

          A space blanket might block your thermal footprint and even keep you warm.

          • BS1986

            Maybe……..BUT they cant really sneak up on you wearing a space blanket……..

          • Priszilla

            Maybe you could wrap your house in a space blanket.

          • BS1986

            Maybe I could not? Rather buy a thermal scope anyway……..

      • GSOB

        And the best way to break a horse is in
        water.

      • IMHO

        Absolutely right.

    • MeMadMax

      Go look up “wood gasifier powered generator”. It’s a regular generator powered by a wood gasifier which means you basically have as much fuel as wood that you can gather. In this case, more than likely ur gonna be out in the middle of nowhere anyways so ur not attracting attention, AND YOU DONT WANT TO BE ANYWHERE NEAR A CITY OR LARGE TOWN WHEN THE SHTF…

      • Rhialto the Marvellous

        Don’t know if you watch Mountain Men? Eustace built a gasifier that runs his pickup truck – I think it was during season 2.

        • JC Teecher

          During season One, he was still bringing in young “apprentices” to teach them the old ways of life prior to gasoline.

          Some of those knuckleheads destroyed more things (old handtools) than what Eustace was benefiting from. Some of those old tools are not replaceable.

          I met a man from Tenn, a few years ago while fishing in the mtns. During our conversation about younger days, he told me a story about riding jeep trails in a remote section of the county where Eustace lives. I knew the country from fishing in a large stream near there.

          This guy ended up driving up to a huge locked gate and decided it was time to stretch his legs and squirt in the dirt.
          A man with long hair and beard, came out of the woods and inquired. it was Eustace; and this man ended up going inside the gate, to his homestead, having a cup of coffee and taking the grand tour.
          What a coincidence and interesting meeting, at Turtle Island.

        • MeMadMax

          Haven’t watched tv in over a decade…
          Not interactive enough, boring, informationally dry… etc etc…

          • GSOB

            How you keep up with current events?

          • MeMadMax

            How are we talking right now?
            lol……..

            Anyways, my google bookmarks for just news/informational websites clocks in at 77 unique websites.
            That’s how.

          • CalebBrewster

            Impressive.

          • MeMadMax

            I forgot to mention commercials… I hate commercials…

        • LIZ THE SHIZ

          nothing like a survivalist with a camera crew and a script

      • alan

        I would say out to 100 miles from a big city you will likely become long pork.

    • alan

      Solar would be best for long term. Its hot in Florida and you at least need a fan to sleep and keep the misquotes away.

    • kathy k

      K, agree about the generator. What I don’t understand is PEOPLE. Regardless of whether you believe Michael or not, what would it hurt to stock up on a few extra things. If nothing happens you are ahead a little. If something does happen you are ahead a lot.

      • K

        Kathy, let me explain why a lot of people refuse to prep. They live in a fantasy world, where nothing can ever go bad. This allows them to sleep at night. Because you see, they have many fears. To prep even a little, means to them something could happen. And their fears will not let them admit that.

        • david

          well said. so true. if they “prep” a little, like you said they’ve succumbed to their fears.

      • david

        better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. solar power to deep cell batteries for power. solar pumps. solar exterior lighting. inside lighting via led solar lights. brown sugar and salt rub to cure meats. smoke meats and fish. veggie garden. learn the lost art of canning. you can make it. the number 1 thing to do is get out of the city. now!! buy property in the county. maine has land for sale in the northern part of the state for $1k an acre. running water is plentiful. very remote. Canada is 1-2 hours away.God bless.

    • Richard O. Mann

      Also, gas has a shelf life of about a month. With the use of another product to extend the life of gas, it may be good for a year. In case of a complete crash and burn of the system, your back up generator will not be much good after you either run out of gas, or the gas turns to varnish. Start thinking more along the line of solar powered devices and set ups, along with some modified hand crank generators. And don’t try to plan for the future watching the Walking Dead. That program is so shot full BS. Dump the zombies and the show would be off the air in a week. Survival in what is coming on the earth shortly, namely the tribulation, Day of the Lord, Jacob’s trouble, is a no brainier. Those who are left on this earth after the pretrib rapture of the church do not have much hope of making it through the 7 years that follow. The Left Behind series of books don’t even begin to come close to just how bad things will be during that time.

      • IMHO

        That ship already sailed in 70ad. For those who are willing to hear and judge the tree by its fruit. We are in Satan’s post millennium deception where the whole world has been deceived and fights against The LORD. There is little to no truth or righteousness in “Christianity”, the Jews are not GODs chosen people.
        The world has truly been totally deceived.

        • Richard O. Mann

          OK there dude. It that is what you believe. Enjoy.

  • Preacher62

    Amos 8:10″Then I will turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into lamentation; And I will bring sackcloth on everyone’s loins And baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, And the end of it will be like a bitter day. 11″Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. 12″People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it.……….The disaster is already here folks.

    • mtntrek3

      Yes, while it’s wise to prep for what comes in this world…. prepping for the eternal takes precedence over all. Thanks brother. God bless.

    • NorthernBud

      Yes, but now they (most preachers) think the Gospel is outdated. The people have heaped up teachers for their itching ears….
      ——-
      We are in the start of the “falling away”, the labour is getting more intense now.
      ——-
      2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
      2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
      2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

      • IMHO

        The falling away started in the apostles time.

    • BelieveInCod

      I don’t believe in god, but I believe in Cod

      • Preacher62

        Thus the reason you will “Flounder” for all of eternity.

        • MaxRockatansky33

          Because you said so it must be the truth? Oh I forgot. Most bible thumpers will use Bible as a shield to confirm their medieval thinking.

          • Preacher62

            Where one will spend Eternity is the MOST serious topic I know of.

          • MaxRockatansky33

            You need more sense of Humor. In those crazy times more and more people become sarcastic. When World is collapsing what else people could do to not gone completely crazy?

    • MaxRockatansky33

      You still don’t have a street corner to preach?

      • Preacher62

        Sadly no. I live in a very rural area so the nearest street corner is miles away.

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    Mike, I really missed these types of articles. Thanks for this!

    Our home is not part of the prepper movement: we started preparations as part of our faith and for economic reasons. Overtime, we built many devices, machinery, won our rights to urban livestock and non-commercial production, and are thriving despite wife’s health problems.

    “Just imagine not having any milk and not being able to get any more. What would you do?”

    Storing dry milk is essential, but I want to go further and win the right to keep and use pygmy goats in residential areas. It’s going to be a big fight, but with the economic turmoil, high costs, and collapsing systems – there’s a chance.

    “What would you do if there was no more toilet paper? And if you have a little one, how are you going to manage without any diapers?”

    Here’s an interesting thing: I built a small machine that cranks out rolls of toilet paper from pulp. I got the idea from here: http://www.madehow.com/Volume-6/Toilet-Paper.html and minimized it. There’s also ways to make paper at home and fluff it up with a vacuum chamber: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=make+paper+infographic&view=detailv2&qpvt=make+paper+infographic&id=A1EC73845387E12DA53B46C08A8FFED05FC2F58F&selectedIndex=20&ccid=5mJ5f0Em&simid=608001099166648190&thid=OIP.Me662797f41261eaf324f774f1c9e6551H0&ajaxhist=0

    As for diapers; there’s always the ‘eternal triangle’ method. When the money got tight many years ago, we sewed some cloth diapers that worked great: http://www.diapersewingsupplies.com/cloth-diaper-patterns/

    For the list above: we already took care of that. I built a 55 kWh electrical generator in the backyard, powered by a methane-producing anaerobic digester, fed on rabbit manure. Well, rabbit and chicken – we harvested one of the non-producing doe’s and brought in two laying hens. We have solar panel back-ups and and a spare homemade windmill turbine. The power generator is made out of successive homemade wind turbine alternators revolving around a central rod, turned by a small CNG motor – easy.

    For the digester:

    http://www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/conservation/practices/digester.aspx

    http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/methane_generator.html

    For the wind turbine generator:

    http://www.scoraigwind.com/pirate%20oldies/Hugh%20Piggott%20Axial-flow%20PMG%20wind%20turbine%20May%202003.pdf

    Here’s something for batteries:

    http://www.scoraigwind.com/pirate%20oldies/Hugh%20Piggott%20Axial-flow%20PMG%20wind%20turbine%20May%202003.pdf

    For weapons, barter, and such; I recommend blacksmithing:

    http://webpal.org/SAFE/aaarecovery/6_pioneer_methods/Basic_Blacksmithing.pdf

    For other needs check out this guy from Primitive Technology: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA

  • HeyAHuman

    Guns and ammo are very high on the priority list… What good is your stock if someone robs you of it?

    • BS1986

      10,000 rds of ammo for your fighting rifle. 5,000 for fighting pistol. 2,000 shotgun shells, don’t neglect .22LR either its cheap(when it can be found). Don’t forget magazines-STOCK THEM DEEP, they will never be cheaper than they are today and will always have value. Get the “high-capacity” mags AKA normal capacity mags FIRST-mainly for AR-15s and Glocks-they will be the most popular.
      Gun oil is another good stockpile item-it never expires and stores easy.

      • MeMadMax

        I’m going the gunsmithing route.
        Not only is their pride in craftsmanship, but it keeps me off the “first to go” list whilst purchasing a firearm…

        • BS1986

          First to go?

          • MeMadMax

            mmm, you do realize that when you “apply” for a background check to purchase a firearm that you put yourself on a list right?

          • BS1986

            HA I hope they come to my house first-my friends and I plan to give them a party. Think Mogadishu BUT with White Men………

          • MeMadMax

            Well, you have fun with that. I myself consider ourselves already in enemy territory, and I also have three little girls to protect so therefore I must adopt SERE posture: Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape for as long as possible.

          • BS1986

            Fair enough, BUT if you are within range feel free to shoot one of them to help us out…….

          • david

            saw “red dawn” last night that’s how the commies found out who owned guns. went to the sporting good store and got the info off of the application forms. I prefer person to person. luckily I have a wide circle of like minded friends. bartering and trading is best. God keep us all.

        • GSOB

          Clever

          • Lawrence

            Well, is history is still as reliable a predictor of past behaviors as it usually is, not so much, these sites are monitors by programs that catch statements like his. Everyone posting on this blog is on a “list” if such list actually exist. Even the trolls who just come to make fun of the religious people and the preppers. The irony is, they would get the round up treatment as well, in the event of a totalitarian crackdown.
            That’s how Stalin’s security forces and Hitler’s Gestapo did it. They just grabbed everyone who associated with the “undesirables”. If the trolls are lucky……well, if they make it home, they had better have stocked up; it’s gonna take a lot of whiskey or mouthwash to get the taste of what they had to do to prove their loyalty out of their mouths.

          • cooliest

            There never was any gun onfoacarion. Myth busted.

          • Lawrence

            WTF does”onfoacarion” mean? LOL. Yes, nitwit, there have been gun confiscations. History…try some. And stock up on mouth wash while you are at it.

      • GSOB

        And You’ll need a close knit partner or fire team to shoot all that up and keep a 24/7 post.

        I’ll take the grave yard half of the day.

        • BS1986

          Ive got one-but one can never have to many friends in a high threat enviroment

    • sistersoldier

      A better question is how many must you kill in order for you to stay alive? The thought of burying all of the corpses is enough to make you lose your appetite. Wild animals are sure to dig them up for food if you don’t dispose of them properly. What are you living for if you must exterminate all perceivable threats involving everyone you meet and suspect of trying to steal your stocks? Are you someone who can kill countless human beings and then go have a bowl of freeze dried macaroni and cheese? Do you have the constitution for such ruthless cruelty? Food smells and light not only attract humans they attract hungry animals as well.

      In a world gone mad even those in your immediate camp will become untrustworthy as isolation and disorientation from the normal way of life can play terrible tricks on the mind. Not to mention sickness and disease.

      The only safe haven is a spiritual Petra a placed prepared for those who love and fear God. A place where is grace and mercy will sustain all who will inherit salvation.

      • alan

        So sounds like suicide is the way out then? I’ll wait for you to go first.

        • sistersoldier

          This blog seems to be replete with trolls as of late but even you should know that the elect of God do not commit suicide we choose rather to die in Christ.

          The best way to “prep” is on you knees and sooner rather than later would be best for you.

          “But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.” Of course this verse is for the faithful but the same commandment is to all men.

          • JC Teecher

            Speaking of trolls, has anyone seen little FartBlossom lately? She sure got squelched of all her previous posts, it appears.
            I guess her calling the wifey a whore wasn’t such a good idea. Her calling me a drug addicted a ho wasn’t nice, but I got way thicker skin than to get upset over something that infantile.

          • sistersoldier

            Please check your email. Thanks.

          • JC Teecher

            Apparently the liberal troll has reared her ugly head again as Snodt Blossom. She is like a bad dose of the piles, they just keep resurfacing.

      • Joltin Joe

        Meat is meat, eat those fers 🙂

      • K

        The Lord always comes first. Bur what you speak of is why, I prefer a stealth approach. I live about 8 miles, outside a town of about 100. 3/4 of the way up a mountain. Very few know how to find their way in. From here, I will do what I can. For the ones the Lord sends my way.

        • sistersoldier

          Amen K, may the Lord bless you and your faithful work as you continue on this journey which will require unwavering courage through Him who supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

      • GSOB

        What are we living for….? To serve Him…
        .
        Husbands, love your wives…..

  • BATTLE LOG

    Which items will disappear first? My guess would be flatscreen tvs, doritos, i phones, and liquor.

    This is America, remember?

    • BS1986

      My observing of riots and weather related disasters has shown that you might be correct. I laughed at katrina footage where they were looting beer and TV’s.

      • MeMadMax

        They were smart enough to realize that it was a natural disaster, not the collapse of the world economy, I.E. what was being looted was worth it because (wether they consciously realized it or not) that it would be a party for a few days until the local gov’ment recovered.

        • Barry

          Looting is “worth it”? Seriously? It is a crime of stealing. Now, I could understand if people take food – a basic necessity – without paying. But TVs? Come on.

          • Linda S

            Stealing is stealing no matter what it is. Not saying I wouldn’t do it to survive but it’s still the same concept.

          • alan

            Starving people do not care about the definitions of looting or stealing. Just say’n.

          • Jerry C

            Then taking food that doesn’t belong to you or you didn’t pay for is stealing too. Speaking of that, I believe the Venezuela government said it was okay for poor people to steal food.

          • sistersoldier

            The Venezuela government is simply showing mercy. Even the Bible has a take on stealing food and it is also confirmation of God’s mercy and justice. “People don’t despise the thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry. Still, if caught, he must pay seven times as much; he must give up all the wealth in his house.” Proverbs 6:30-31 Note that the scripture says, “if” caught and if the reason for stealing is because of hunger and not because of greed or pleasure. The Israelites were told not to hate the person stealing yet, that person stealing is to repay the cost of the food stolen 7 times over its cost and give up all they own in their house.

            Proverbs 6:30-31 in a nutshell is saying that if the one caught stealing food couldn’t pay the penalty, that person would fall under debtors laws and would become a bond slave or indentured servant to the owner of the stolen food (Exodus 22:3). Being a bond slave during that time still wasn’t a bad deal because it solved the hunger problem. The person would be properly paid, given food and shelter during the duration of the servant hood. (Colossians 4:1).

          • BelieveInCod

            I don’t believe in god, but I believe in Cod.

          • SnodtBlossom

            I don’t believe in Cod, but I like your thinking 🙂

          • LIZ THE SHIZ

            you will be codemed for believing in yourself coddammit

          • SonofLiberty

            Too bad. It is amazing to me that one day, whenever that might be, you will believe in God and recognize Him for who He is. An interesting read is a recent book (name?) that recounts near death, or those who have been resuscitated back to life. Everyone, to a person, NOW accept that God is real. Think about these things.

          • SnodtBlossom

            Do you believe in Cod?

          • nan

            That was just a stupid statement period.

          • guest

            The ancient Hebrew law of gleaning made it perfectly legal to “take” food. If you owned crop producing land you could only go through and harvest once. That was the law. Whatever was missed had to be left and the poor were legally allowed to come in and take any grain that was missed and the manual harvesting methods of old left a significant amount..

          • david

            true. we used to gleen corn for xmas money when I was a small child.

          • Pete

            Who cares what ancient Hebrew law or custom was??

          • Lawrence

            Unless they steal from one of the government stores. Then they shoot them.
            But otherwise, ripping off private merchants is acceptable to Comrade Maduro.

          • MeMadMax

            You misunderstand… It was “worth it” because it was party time and they knew it…

          • L. A. McDonough

            New Orleans mentality is party till it’s 2100 AD!

          • david

            the idiot looters don’t understand the only reason they live to loot again is because of the police. if the police weren’t around (blocks away) it would not be a good day for them.

          • BelieveInCod

            You all are worrying over nothing.

        • BS1986

          The word “smart” does not apply to them-people dies of dehydration in that incident all the while people looted beer and tvs. Makes no sense.

        • Monkey Hammer

          Do you really think people are going to understand that it is “the collapse of the world” when it happens? Does anyone you talk to about this care or believe you now? My guess is that the beer and T.V.s will be the first to go even if there isn’t any power. That’s fine I will be buying every bag of rice and can of chicken to add to my collection while they are distracted.

          • nan

            I agree, that is how many think, no common sense what so ever. Just look around the lack of it is everywhere.

        • david

          smart enough? you’ve got to be kidding. one of these days looters will only make that mistake once. good riddance.

      • ubik

        The beer I understand, the TV’s are for after. When electricity is not restored someday, the TV will be a huge regret. Beer? Never a regret.

        • BS1986

          As opposed to food, water and most important(in Katrinas case) dry ammunition.

          • ubik

            Sturdy defensive walls and supporting fire. Get to know your neighbors, soon.

          • BS1986

            True.

      • Evil_shadow

        C’mon, beer is liquid food.We need lots of food 😛

        • BS1986

          Yeah…..hard to run/fight with a beer belly

    • shamu

      Sanitary napkins! I’ll rush out today and buy up ever package I can find Michael and send them on to you!
      We watched every episode of Walking Dead on our flatscreens and Ipods, so we know how to survive, that includes 2nd Ammendment choices we have at home. Why don’t you write an article about the totalitarian move of Mr. President regarding the end of the Internet Michael?

      • Pig Farmer Bill

        Yes, I do need to stock up those napkins.

      • Jerry C

        If you claim it, it’s yours.

      • SnodtBlossom

        Good women’s shoes.. I am seeing this already.
        I had to get my leather pumps off ebay.

        • L. A. McDonough

          Snod: Today, hubby ordered new walking shoes (New B). I need to go to Zappos and order several pairs of Brooks athletic shoes. We no longer able to wear sandals. Folks: Toss out all the dress shoes, dresses and suits when shtf, will no longer be needed in this life! Yes shoes are priority esp. if foot or knee issues. baking soda will clean teeth, get extra boxes, vinegar and first aid items, etc.

          b

          • SnodtBlossom

            Good leather shoes last for decades. I used to insist on leather pumps and then when Kmart stopped stocking them, I went along w/vinyl. Vinyl falls apart in less than a decade, but leather lasts. Now I mostly shop at Walmart, and they mostly market all sorts of ridiculous froo froo shoes when all I want are simple pumps. and I can walk for miles in a well-crafted pump.. Sexy, practical, and enduring.. like me ::wink::

          • LIZ THE SHIZ

            and yet the Devil wears Prada, and Jimmy Choos

          • Richard O. Mann

            Good point about the shoes. Hard to find good leather shoes these days. Pretty much everything at Wal Mart and even higher priced stores, now comes from China. If you can find a really well made pair, you will have to pay top price.

          • Evil_shadow

            what is top price? just asking, because good (very quality) pair of military boots cost around 150$ and should last quite long.That or premium walking shoes 😉

      • IMHO

        “We watched every episode of Walking Dead on our flatscreens and Ipods, so we know how to survive,”
        LOL. That’s a joke right? Sarcasm? Still funny either way. Well, kinda sad also to think of all the people who think they are learning from their TV.

    • GSOB

      LOL Early birds get the worms

    • William Lutz

      I hope that those items will be the ones to disappear first. They are completely unnecessary luxuries that we take for granted.

    • Quetzol-43

      They dindunuffin!

    • Nam Marine

      Only in the Ghetto !

  • GSOB

    What would you do if there was no more toilet paper?

    • hahaha

      Use the now worthless US dollar bills,, yuck yuck yuck… oh a wise guy ehhh?!

      • tsssss

        Why I”ll murda ya!!

        • LIZ THE SHIZ

          soytenly, nyuk nyuk nyuk

          • alan

            Lunk head!

          • LIZ THE SHIZ

            hey Moe wuup wuup aaahhh aaahhh

      • ali

        Benjamin wont be happy!!

        • Jack Frost

          Hopefully a supply of Tubmans will suffice in a pinch!

    • JC Teecher

      Makeshift Bidet.

      • alan

        Or water bottle, something I learned in Afghanistan.

    • Prepped

      Washcloths or nondisposable diapers can be washed and reused. Cheap at Walmart. You can see photos of Venezuelan women carrying TP back from Columbia. Men mostly carry food.

      • Sorry for nitpicking, but its spelled “Colombia”. I used to make the same mistake.

        • GSOB

          Unless he really meant movies, not photos.

    • Old newspapers, magazines, etc.

      Dad told me that he and my aunts and uncles used dried corn cobs when they were growing up in the hills of WV.
      People in the Middle East simply use their hand (left hand) to wipe.

      • Jack Frost

        Use two red cobs, then a white cob to see if you need more red cobs!! LOL

    • Joltin Joe

      moss, old rag, hillary clinton

      • JC Teecher

        The first two……OK.
        The third……you will never get Ajax to wash that sheeet off your skin.

  • trust

    No, not ridiculous. It’s coming soon. Get as ready as you can and trust God.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    Venezuelans don’t have to deal with winter. That will be a problem for most of us. Woodstove is a must for backup. Plus you can cook off it. Access to wood is a must.

    • MeMadMax

      Go look up “wood gasifier powered generator”… It’s right up your ally. Go look up “MrTeslonian” on youtube. His videos are mediocre, but he shows a wood gasifier that not only powered his(gas) generator but also produced small amounts of gasoline, steam, hot water, and powered a propane powered refrigerator, simultaneously. Plus he’s gots lots of other little projects when living out in the woods.

      • alan

        I don’t want to be out in the woods all day chopping fire wood all the time. Solar is probably the better way to go labor wise, just make some adjustment.

    • LIZ THE SHIZ

      Venezuelans have to deal with a failed Socialist economy so they are eating zoo animals , just another set of circumstances created by the elites

      • sistersoldier

        Isn’t it funny how our society will flip values to suit their needs? To show the depravity of mankind we paint a picture of people eating helpless animals.

        To glorify the lifestyle of the rich and famous it is on the menu as exotic game.

        • LIZ THE SHIZ

          the rich will be eaten too when desperation becomes the norm

          • sistersoldier

            Soylent green.

        • david

          I read where the rich elites in Venezuela are not at all effected by the shortages. they are still living like they always have. coming to a town near you? me?

          • sistersoldier

            Quite possibly. I read an article from Reuters that stated law officials were publicly destroying guns and ammunition in Venezuela. My thoughts are that it could eventually lead to a “food for weapons” pilot program. If the powers that be want to disarm America that is one way to do it. People would gladly surrender their weapons when staring into the face of starvation. Venezuela in my opinion has become one behemoth “resettlement” camp.

  • JJR

    #1 item on your list should be Guns and Ammo.
    #2 Refer to #1 to retrieve anything on the list you dont have.

    • randy wellman

      LOOKS like you are planning on MURDER to get what you want/need…rest ASSURED, i got MY guns too…and i PRACTICE.

      • JJR

        Ive already earmarked all the houses with Hillary signs out front as my first stops for resupply. I would insist nicely before dropping bodies.

        • Paul Patriot

          Problem is, those with Hillary signs do not have any extra supplies……they think the gubberment will take care of everything.

          • alan

            I have never seen a Hillary sign anywhere in our whole town. But that might be a good ploy to keep looters away. They show up at your door and you ask them for food!

    • BS1986

      Why not stock up on other items so you don’t have to put yourself in the crosshairs of people?

  • Bob332

    Ya better have a heavy supply of ammo and some guns, especially if you live in a metro area! The barbarians WILL be at your door.

    • mtntrek3

      It’s a horrible thing…….. but it’s on the horizon.

    • JC Teecher

      Once a weapon is fired in a densely populated area, better have a bug-out bag packed and ready to hit the road, jack. If you are not teamed up with a small militia of people with weapons, the real gangs will get wind that you have a weapon…..and…well……, you gotta sleep sometime.

      • alan

        I think the highways will be choke points for robbing and looting as people flee. Not sure there will be a safe way out of large cities, leave early I guess before it happens.

        • JC Teecher

          I think you are very right about that.
          That is why planning now could be the biggest decision that people face in their battle to handle a big city catastrophe.

          I can’t imagine how hard it would be to pack up the kids and pets, with as many possessions and food as possible, and leave the rest behind, including friends and family.

          Sadly, it will probably come to that at some point, for some folks to survive.
          To think about any scenario where people will be able to maintain any degree of sustainability or comfort in a Big city with chaos all around them, is almost nonexistent.

          Right now no one really has a clue as to the timing or degree of all out hysteria in the big cities. However; anyone thinking logically, can see any city with large populations of blacks (almost all) at having fires and lootings at every street in business districts. The writings and warnings have been on the walls and obvious, from all the past events, that started in this modern era, in Ferguson, MO
          Many, many more prior to that, but not as fresh on the minds.

          Up till now, all have been without any degree of hunger thrown in the mix. Add that, and it gets deadly on a daily basis, to exponentially grow into a “by the hour”, killing spree.

          Who would want to take their chances in a hell hole like that?

          • Daddyotis

            Well said, JCT. For those who are still bound to the “our diversity is our greatest strength” meme, good luck to them, I say. They’ll need it. Me? I’ll be on my way to the good ol’ remote BOL while the die-off happens.

          • JC Teecher

            Well sir, you are a wise one. We live on land that my wife’s grandfather owned and has a large stream running through it.

            Sure it has all that water, but it is almost a 1/4 mile straight down to it. Without a continual power source, it is a virtual half day job to get it to the house, and then to filter and distill.

            So, we will also head to the mountain top retreat/BOL, with three springs, within walking distance.
            Not to mention that we are very secluded there as well, with about 1000 acres of woods and water in our back yard.
            Very blessed!

        • Joltin Joe

          I don’t live in a large city, I’d want to hole up for a month if possible. If it’s a real SHTF scenario then lots will die off by then, then you can move to a better place and try to put down some roots.

    • jakartaman

      No amount of arms or ammo will save urban dwellers.
      Get out now! Roaming gangs of hundreds maybe thousands. If you stay better have your own big gang of nearby like minded armed folks Its still a long shot

  • GetReal4U2

    the large liberal urban centers that decide our elections will implode first…those who work together have a chance…God’s has been really impressing upon me to get ready (a bit of prepping)…I’ll trust his voice over any government person telling me everything is ok…

    • mtntrek3

      I’m not so sure we can trust many in government positions ruling the country……. the ones just entering the fray or of course the ones that have been in the establishment for some time. Not all are bad apples, but getting closer. Some may not honestly realize what they’re feeding into. To me most all of it is becoming severely corrupted w/ few decent choices remaining. God first through Christ for me… I hope for many others also. This world is in serious trouble.

  • GetReal4U2

    good point…a massive power failure that lasted over a month would harm a LOT of people…

  • Undecider

    I’ll be waiting for the price for hookers to go through the floor. Then all that cash I’ve been hoarding will come to good use.

    • df NJ

      It already has.

    • JC Teecher

      Dummy, anyone with a lick of common sense knows that cash will be no good. There will be plenty of hookers, but they will only barter for food, or maybe weed.

      • Joltin Joe

        Good thing I can grow both j/k

      • Lawrence

        Weed? Nah. That’ll be growing again in short order. When my dad was a kid, the grass grew 10 feet tall and dense as a college kids head until the WPA/NRA came and burned it all down during the depression. Someone will get it started again along the riverbanks and it’s gonna be like the days when this place was all Indians and bears.

    • LIZ THE SHIZ

      better save some of that cash for the VD,Aides and Zika you catch from them not that it will do you any good

      • alan

        He won’t be any good for long pork.

        • LIZ THE SHIZ

          he won’t be porking anything for long

          • aldownunder

            Classic

          • david

            wow!

    • alan

      LOL!

  • john

    what you need is Q tips. nothing worse than having dirty ears all day long.

    • df NJ

      Balmex. Same reasons.

    • alan

      What?

  • Robert Ketchen

    1. Battery’s.. Get the re-chargeable kind And a solar re-charger, they will be invaluable .
    2. Axe , Knifes , sharp tools , get a sharpening stone ,dull tools help nobody.
    3 Radio, emergency hand crank type , don’t be with out at least two.
    4. Matches= STRIKE ANYWHERE type . available on E-Bay
    5. Portable propane camp stove. Especially if you have an electric one in your house.
    6. Propane= This one most people don’t know about , on E-Bay they have a little valve for sale that fits larger tanks that when used it will RE-FILL the small one pound bottles !! get two of them .( always have a back up )
    7.A coffee pot , Camping type , if you can find the porcelain type GREAT ! its good to heat water with if you are not into coffee or tea.
    8. Fire Arms , if you can afford them , in my humble opinion if you can only afford one then get a 12 Gauge shot gun most confrontations will be in the range of 30 feet or less buy 00 buck shot and slugs a few boxes of bird shot for hunting fowl will come in handy as well. Note : ammo will be an excellent bartering item for things you might need. 22 ammo will be in high demand . You don’t have to buy a new gun. a used one will work .
    I could go on and on but will close with Good Luck to all and may God Bless ,

  • df NJ

    The first thing that will disappear will be people’s sanity.

    I am haunted by the idea of “Why they hate us”. I just was talking to a guy who was saying we should tell the Muslims we will not only kill them but torture them with pork products. The reason he gave why they hate us was an echo of the stand class of civilizations argument. I just can’t help but think the reason why they hate us may have to do with the 23,000 bombs dropped on Muslim countries in 2015. I can’t even imagine the death toll from dropping 23,000 bombs. I just don’t understand why people cannot connect the dots. It’s like everyone is condition to ignore every other opinion that is not in agreement with the propaganda authorities. We live in truly amazing times. We should change our country’s motto from the land of the free to the land of the brainwashed.

    “BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian opposition activists have released haunting footage showing a young boy rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a devastating airstrike in Aleppo. “

    • Bill G Wilminton NC

      The Muslims (Islam) have hated The Infidel (thats us) long before gunpowder( explosives were even invented).

      The Islamic Mantra “Convert Or Die” goes back to Mohammed 7th century……..

      CONVERT…..OR DIE there is the dots connect em !

      • JC Teecher

        That is true, Mr. Bill.
        Also, it is written, that the patriarch of most of the mohammadans, excluding the Persians/Iranians, was a murderer. He,Ishmael, was never blessed as a son of Abraham, and therefore carried hatred and resentment so strong that it carried on down through his namesake and bloodlines.

        There were others named, after Ishmael, and their displays of murders and killings were seen as a continued hatred, even as some were mixed with Israelite bloodlines.

        That hatred and ease of killing carried on through, until Mohammed got mixed up with an evil Queen. She supported his roving bands of murderers and thieves, and used Mohammed as a sex object and pawn to bring her the spoils of their butchering and thievery. In their many after-sex sessions of pillow talk, the Queen began interpreting mohammed’s dreams, and instigated more powerful adventures of intimidation on peoples tribes and countries.

        Sure, people worshiped and bowed down to mohammed when he and his army came to town….because they were scared to death of them. He preyed upon all those less fortunate and continued his killings by the support of the evil Queen, and her continual teaching of her false interpretations and instigation of the Making of Islam, through writings. A false religion, based on the fakery of an evil queen with hate and deception at it’s root. Only Satan carries that same M.O. so what we see is a transition of that same hate and superiority complex as was before, carried out by the “peaceful” religion of Islam.

        It will continue as long as evil people can make $$ from the use of it, Just like the liberals use of the racial tensions of Blacks in USA and Africa. Votes and $$ is what it is propagated on.

      • Anton Ossa

        AMERICA BOMBING THE MIDDLE EAST IS LIKE A KID THROWING ROCKS AT A HORNET’S NEST: CONNECT THOSE DOTS!

        • Bill G Wilminton NC

          The NWO Globalist Elites…the Bush’s, the Clinton’s, Obama, Kerry etc etc etc got us into the Mid-East not by accident but by Design to help hustle in the One World Government.

          VOTE . . . . . .TRUMP connect those dots !

  • Cal

    When the beast and his mark arrives stocking up on emergency supplies will be a moot point. No cash transactions, alternative currencies like gold and bitcoins seized and the people will be throwing their silver into the streets. I am reminded of S. Vietnam in January 1973 when the US departed and left behind a large fully equipped AFB near Saigon. The person in charge of the transfer returned in October 1974 six months before Saigon fell and discovered the AFB had bee stripped clean. Anything of value including the copper wiring in walls had been removed. It wasn’t the VC it was the locals…same thing here. Normal people will turn animalistic and strip anything of value, just look what is happening in S. America today, case closed.

    • df NJ

      What makes you think people will choose the beast. People will resist choosing the beast the same way the resist choosing God. People are like herding cats or bumble bees.

      • Preacher62

        If pigs could vote, the swineherd would be elected every time. No matter he aims to kill them, he is still the one with the slop bucket today.

  • df NJ

    The astounding quality of the human condition that is rarely ever talked about is how everyone is exactly the same in terms of psychology. We all have the same fears, desires, and motivations. It’s really quite stunning to think about. Here’s a pretty good framing from 1949. I assure you, in 2016 our understanding of the human condition is very well understood. People will all respond the same to a crisis.

    Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review.[2] Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans’ innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms “physiological”, “safety”, “belongingness” and “love”, “esteem”, “self-actualization”, and “self-transcendence” to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through.

    * Physiological needs

    Physiological needs are the physical requirements for human survival. If these requirements are not met, the human body cannot function properly and will ultimately fail. Physiological needs are thought to be the most important; they should be met first.

    Air, water, and food are metabolic requirements for survival in all animals, including humans. Clothing and shelter provide necessary protection from the elements. While maintaining an adequate birth rate shapes the intensity of the human sexual instinct, sexual competition may also shape said instinct.[2]

    * Safety needs

    * Love and belonging

    * Esteem

    * Self-actualization

    * Self-transcendence

    • JC Teecher

      I have Jesus Christ in my heart and soul.
      At this point in my life, I have stocked up on enough seeds and understanding/knowledge to survive for years without help from anyone.

      I certainly do enjoy the company of my wife, but if I lose that, than the dog, (a dog), will suffice as company enough until I give up the ghost.

      In fact, I can survive better without aggravation from outside influences, as long as I keep ammo reloaded.
      Don’t sell me on the necessity of Esteem, Self-actualization, Love and belonging, and Self-transcendence. All those things come from my relationship with My Saviour and My Heavenly Father.
      Me and Jesus, we got our own thing going.

      “Safety needs”…? Literally/physically, that is something learned and personally obtained and maintained, through experience and a few hard knocks.
      If a person can’t grasp all that, than they are a dependent, or co-dependent, and will have a hard time making it on their own. Sadly, that is where nearly 99% of all Millennials and Gen X-ers, are at.
      Throw in a big handful of the younger Boomers as well, and it is a recipe for disaster.

      Safety? In the figurative/Spiritual sense, Is only obtained through the Word, and the personal relationship of the Trinity. All this Buddah, transcendental meditation crap, and all the other fake deity followings, will only be of help to the delusioned and weak minded. Because it is all fakery based on some force that does not exist, it is not permanent.
      Elohim is permanent, and not going anywhere.
      When Christ returns, all the hindu,buddah,mohammedan, etc, stuff; will be in the Lake of Fire, for all eternity.

      Where will all the Non-believers be at that point?

      • Anton Ossa

        DON’T SPEND ALL YOU ENERGY PREPARING FOR THE END, THE END WILL COME WHETHER YOU ARE PREPARED OR NOT!

  • goldminer

    Hmmm. I see no alcohol on that list. Booze, Beer, Wine are all stored in my pantry. Even if you don’t drink. It will be a great bartering tool. Many have forgotten because they don’t teach such stuff in schools anymore. But there was a time in our county. when whiskey was used as money. Soo stock up or make a still 🙂

  • df NJ

    “One day in the not too distant future, a major emergency will strike this nation, and that will set off a round of hoarding unlike anything we have ever seen before.”

    And just like the second coming of Christ, most of us will be long dead from old age before this ever happens.

    You forgot to mention the zombie apocalypse. People need to prepare for the coming hoards of ravenous undead cannibals mulling about.

    • JC Teecher

      “One day in the not too distant future…………….,
      and the music will stop.”

      People will stare into space and ask, “what happened?”

      From a voice in the darkness they will hear…..

      “People had more than they needed. We had no idea of what was precious, or wasn’t.
      We threw away things that people kill for now”
      Eli.

  • greanfinisher .

    If things should deteriorate that badly, you’ll have more than staples and self protection to worry about. Why, the U.S. treasury secretary would seize all of the savings, investment and retirement accounts in the entire country overnight. The next day, one wouldn’t be able to withdraw a plug nickel from any of the financial institutions, but of course all of those would be shuttered anyway. Individual homes would be raided by the military almost as quickly, and the soldiers would likely confiscate anything and everything tangible. You see, the federal people are absolutely going to do whatever it takes to keep the entire country functional, and any resulting collateral damages would only be an afterthought. One can also assume that no stone will be left unturned in that regard. Naturally, they will seize all firearms, magazines and ammunition from private hands during that process, but that would already be self evident. A bleak scenario such as that would obviously be an unmitigated nightmare that nobody would have bargained for in any age.

    • Gay Veteran

      the military? ROFLOL, they couldn’t defeat a bunch of goat herders in Afghanistan

  • sistersoldier

    True Security and Blessed Assurance

    “A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” (Prov. 22:3; 27:12). “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things” (Isa. 45:7). The Bible makes clear that an unparalleled time of trouble, known as the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation has been declared upon the entire human race living at the time of judgment. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt. 24:21). This period will last for years, and will catch the whole world off-guard: “For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:35).

    “Because you have kept the word of My patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation [trial], which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev. 3:10). There is only one way to escape what is coming and to be kept from the hour of temptation that is coming upon the whole world to try it. Repent and be saved.

    If those of us whom rely on an earthly solution/mortal being to resolve ALL of our problems then surely we can trust God. If mankind could solve the problems they in fact created we would not be in such a terminal phase in what will be the darkest period of all history. Only God can do what no one else can when it comes to fixing the world. If mankind could make life better for all and not just an elite few then surely our fortunes would be getting better and not consistently worse.

    If we truly want to be “kept safe” from the coming hour of trial and tribulations then our focus shouldn’t be on physical preservation which is ultimately futile because death is imminent and guaranteed. No one can get out of life alive! It’s impossible. The only real service is service to God and not self and trust that He is able to keep all that we commit unto Him. Even our protection or deliverance from the day of evil which is already here and upon us. Yes, fellow citizens of earth trouble is even at the doors.

  • ter ber

    Which items disappear first? Animals. Born in the 50’s, it wasn’t until the 90’s I saw my first wild deer in Minnesota. It wasn’t until 2000, I saw my first wild turkey.

    • LIZ THE SHIZ

      and you drank it all up

  • Mondobeyondo

    I was going to say gold and silver, but the smart ones who know that have long ago stocked up on those items.

    The rest of us will have to fight over that last roll of toilet tissue… or that last bottle of Jack Daniels.

  • Jerry C

    Long-term food storage: food-grade bucket, mylar bag, 2000cc oxygen absorber & heat sealed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW7_cTn6YpE

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    what about condominiums

    • The other food

      What about condiments? All that survival food will need tasty condiments.

  • fldavestone

    Wellllll,how many years have we been talking about this?There is no good reason this bubble economy should still exist other than stupidity.We went from an alarming national debt to an astronomical debt we cannot pay,trade imbalance,loss of a large percentage of meaningful employment,an invasion of our shores,and businesses propagated by the government half of us adore,and a gutting of our manufacturing.And the beat goes on,but for just how long?We store up on ridiculous amounts of ammunition all the while living in a dwelling that could be invaded with very little effort.Buy a generator most of you don’t even know how to hook up keep running or change capacitors in,that would make enough noise to wake the dead and no doubt attract the very people you are hiding from.For those of us with military training,mechanical ability,and a farming background we laugh at some of the things people are hording,and then posting it on the internet…..

  • GSOB

    ALL that’s great.!
    What,.. no copy of the Bible?

    • randy wellman

      noooo,….i’m traveling LIGHT, as you can see…LOL

    • Gay Veteran

      or other fiction

  • William Lutz

    To begin with, the Venezuelans have brought this upon themselves. When you have a nation full of self absorbed, apathetic, and ignorant people, this is what you obtain. Needless to say, the same thing goes to the US. For so long, we have been behaving imprudently and taking things for granted. So inevitably, our thoughtless actions determine what we get.

    I don’t mean to be callous or judgemental, but we have to reap the whirlwind that we created. We can’t bail ourselves out of this.

  • William Lutz

    Another thing… some of the items listed are stuff we can live without. They are not absolute essentials.

  • randy wellman

    BTW, a LOT of these things, the USE for won’t be apparent without some coaching/knowledge.

  • TimeHasCome

    My mother always said cigarette and booze sales went UP during the Dirty Thirties . I am stocking freeze dried coffee though.

    • AirborneSoldier

      As trade material, yes

  • Anton Ossa

    WHEN THE SHTF ALL YOU WILL NEED IS A 45 AND ONE BULLET!

  • Willard Ferch

    John Casey, who gave us the Weather Channel, and several important scientists and astrophysicists, believe severe cooling begins this year, so add that to the mix and get ready for more snow and colder cold than you’ve ever seen before. Fiddlin

  • IMHO

    I think defending any position will be practically impossible for most people. If you are under siege then you are generally going to be on the losing end.
    Have an escape plan, if possible for your situation, and then turn the tables on the marauders. Start looking into how to make effective booby traps, trip wire alarms, etc…

    • Ron Chaney

      This depends on the amount of firearms ammo, and people in your group. I teach cultivating prepper groups before the SHTF, and stocking enough guns and ammo to arm everybody in the group. Nobody’s going to last long alone.

      • IMHO

        I agree mostly, but generally speaking the defenders are always at a disadvantage to a smaller group. Also those who go it alone are not necessarily at a disadvantage but then again that depends on location and planning.
        Whether you live in the city or country will make a big difference in strategy and logistics.

    • CASTIEL

      My house is situated in a hill surrounded by my farm, i have 600 metters of clean sight all around with no trees or other houses…nothing…very good for sniping…and if they get too close the RPK with mags of 100 rounds and a few hand grenades can solve the situation..with another three men to defend all angles we can have a lot of firepower and superiority…even to large forces.

      • IMHO

        I also live on a farm but directly across the dead end dirt road I live on is woods. But then who wants to walk through miles of woods to get to my little ole place? 🙂 One thing I would like to have is thermal imaging. A thermal imaging scope would be a great asset in any situation.
        Also you bring up one very good point I meant to mention. There is a lot of military hardware out there and those who have access to those weapons will have a decided advantage. If someone with that kind of hardware wanted what you or I have then we would definitely want an escape plan.

        .

  • Mark

    The AMC series “The Walking Dead” is probably the most accurate portrayal of what society would be like if it completely breaks down. Not that there will be zombies trying to eat everyone but how bands of survivors will compete and interact. The lone Survivalist, despite his bunker and hoard of goods, will be at a disadvantage. Those who truly want to survive and thrive will need to band together to share skills and resources.

  • Antonio GOnzalez

    The media all say the same crap.

  • nogodfools

    Look, how many years are you going to preach this BS? A fool born every minute. Prepping is a mental issue like hoarders. Get real

    • AirborneSoldier

      Saw people fight over such items each time a hurricane approached. This is real.

  • Lawrence

    Imodium.

  • Al Mac

    People will sleep on a line for a week for a new phone model but won’t have a clue what they’ll need to survive when all hell breaks loose

  • Nam Marine

    Firearms and ammunition

  • lincolnlincolnlincoln

    danner patrol 6″

  • rafferr01 .

    These articles are getting really old. Half of this stuff – if you don’t have it, you won’t miss it. The kids that are starving now will make it, they already know how to live a day or two without eating and how to get food or trade things they “find” to get food. People should quit looking at buying finished products like milk or bread. You can get cream and add water to make milk. You can learn to eat your veggies – then you won’t starve. Make your own bread – learn how to do it now. Learn how to make proteins stretch.

    These are the skills people knew in the depression. And you don’t have to have toilet paper. Learn how to use other means for the toilet now. We should be getting used to items being kept back – that there will be shortages and how to barter and deal with them. Spoiled people with a narrow mind set won’t make it – but the people who know how to do without or make other things work will be fine.

  • ed r

    You forgot fire suppression…ergo …fire fighting equipment. Did you see how they? love to start fires!

  • Alleged Comment

    These will last but a few months. This will go on for years. Are you prepared for starvation and cannibalism when you run out of EVERYTHING?

    The Bible speaks of such a time.

  • WTSHTF:PURGE THE LIBERALS

    YOYO -You’re On Your Own-Only The Obama Sheeple Still Believe The Gubbermint Can/Will Save us

  • Tom Tom

    Only those in well defended areas with lots of people who have banded together will survive.

  • Pete

    First to disappear might be welfare recipients.

  • Priszilla

    Food, shelter, clothing. Might want to hold back your farts in public or they will all want to know where you got the onions.

  • nekksys

    “and there are even a few very sick people that have been killing and eating zoo animals.”

    This comment shows a serious defect in your thinking, Michael: you think in terms of prepping, not in terms of survival.

    Preppers, generally, try to hoard up as much as they can in order to live through a disaster, economic collapse, attack, etc. This means spending large sums in order to keep “stuff.” This also means constructing storage facilities. Often times, these storage facilities are remote; far and away from where they live because “stuff” is heavy and takes up space. As is usual practice, preppers tend toward “holing up” or “hunkering down”, remaining immobile, until their local supplies are depleted. At that time, they move. If a world over run by predatory people, that movement will only attract attention. This kind of thinking presents a set of severe flaws, both tactically and strategically.

    Survivalists, on the other hand, consider knowledge of how to survive; i.e., hunt, fish, farm, forage, etc…, as being far more useful. Knowledge has no weight attached to it. It does not require storage, only occasional use to keep skills fresh. Survivalists, or better yet primitive living practitioners, tend to remain mobile. They can pick up and roll out in a moment’s notice. I know mobile farming may seem like an oxymoron but consider this: if I camp at one spot and drop seeds before I leave, isn’t that the equivalent of primitive farming?

    It’s not sick to hunt in order to feed your family. How do you think the mountain men of yesteryear lived? They ate animals that most folks would turn their noses up to; like skunk, opossum, raccoon, rattlesnake, beaver, muskrat (nutria) and many others. I’ll be the first to agree all animals are beautiful, even the ones deemed “ugly” or “useless”, but refusing to see them as a potential food source is beyond short sighted.

  • Evil_shadow

    you can get Seek thermal for some 300€, but its of limited usefulness (should still be good enough to pick up person, standing/walking some 50m away in total darkness).I’ve made DIY digital NV system (currently mounted on my off road rig) and working on more portable too.I’ve also heard that in not so distant future we (europe)should be able to lay our hands on Therm-App 😀 .

  • nekksys

    First, not everyone will choose to hunt. Some will choose to farm and eat plants, others will choose to primarily eat fish, while others will hunt and fish, and even others will do variations of all three at different times. 50 million people in a land mass this size would have more than enough resources to go around.

    Second, I didn’t say “live on the run”; I said “Survivalists, …, tend to remain mobile.” That statement is true.

    Your typical survivalist who lives as primitively as possible tends to follow the pattern of primitive hunter-gatherer societies. You live in one place until resources start to become scarce and then move on, hence the reference to mobility. Why not deplete resources completely and then move? That’s a “salt-and-burn” strategy which guarantees a location will never be useful again.

  • Pig Farmer Bill

    Would not be any Bud-Light around.

  • Spectrum

    Toilet paper isn’t absolutely essential.

  • nekksys

    People migrated for centuries before we started building these massive “civilized cities”, if that’s what you’d call them.

    It’s a known fact human have had an extremely detrimental effect on our world. We breed without population controls. Humans have no high order predators any longer. We poison ourselves in the name of “Medicine.” We are our own biggest enemy. Why shouldn’t a vast section of the population die as a result of natural processes? It happens all the time in the animal world which we, either by design or ignorance, have forgotten we are a part; a small player in a grand stage.

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