18 Critical Things to Stock for an Emergency
Here at Survivaleer we are all about Urban Survival. For most people, and for most emergency situations it is going to be critical that you are prepared to survive in your home for several days, weeks or even months with no real assistance. If there is a major natural disaster, we have seen how the government infrastructure can fail rather quickly. Take Hurricane Katrina for instance. There were hundreds if not thousands of people who needed to survive in their locale with no real help from outside and no access to any of the “normal” things that we have access to such as grocery stores, hardware stores, etc. It isn’t that we don’t think understanding how to “Get Out of Dodge” is important, it is just that in the vast majority of survival situations, the very best approach may not be to get out of your home. This is a list of 17 things we think are critical to stock in your home for a possible emergency.
- Generator – In every emergency situation these sell out of hardware stores within hours. Get one now so you can get the very best one for your needs.
- Fuel – You can store kerosene, gas, charcoal, etc.– pretty much anything that makes sense for your situation. But get some fuel on hand so you can cook and keep yourself warm if you need to.
- Beans and Rice – we actually would include wheat here but beans and rice sounds better. Get about 400 lbs of wheat and rice for every person in your household and another 75 lbs of beans and you should have just about enough food for one year. (On a 1500 Cal a day diet).
- Toiletries. Toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, kleenex, deodorant, hygiene.
- Guns and Ammo – And obviously with these you should have some other defensive tools like knives, slingshots, and pepper spray.
- Cooking Oil – Cooking oil. This is critical. During WWII one of the hardest items to get was cooking oil. It had extremely high barter value. You need it to cook with and it doesn’t store very well. Buy enough oil for a year and then whenever you use some of it from your storage, replace it with more from the store.
- Garden Seeds – Get non-hybrid. Get enough to start a garden. It would be even better if you started practicing now. But at least have seeds. These can store for several years if put away properly.
- Meat and Tuna – Store some of these canned foods for eating and bartering.
- Water Containers and Filters – It is critical that you store enough water right now for at least a few days. Get some big 55 gallon food grade barrels and fill them with water. Then go find a really good water filter that will allow you to process more water if you need to. I really like the Katydyn systems for short term needs and a Big Berkey is almost a necessity for longer term needs.
- Honey, Sugar, Syrup and Sweets – Honey stores the best. You can almost store it indefinitely if you have it sealed completely. Sugar is easier for most people to cook with. Get about 60 lbs of sugars per person in your household.
- Saws, axes, hatchets – Chain saw is great but get some hand tools also for days when it is critical to have them.
- Fire Extinguishers – If emergency personnel are overloaded or hampered by conditions you may have to do it on your own.
- First Aid Kits – If you purchase a basic one of these, go through it and supplement it with things you know you may need. The off the shelf kits are good for a starting point. But beef them up as much as possible.
- Grain Grinder – This is to grind your wheat. If you have an electric, that is great. Go ahead and store one or two hand grinders also.
- Yeast, salt, spices – You could potentially live without these items but it isn’t going to be really fun. Get enough for a year. Salt is a very good barter item because a lot of people don’t think about storing it, it is inexpensive right now, and can store indefinitely.
- Fishing, hunting, and Trapping Supplies – Wait, I thought this was Urban Survival? It is. But get these things and store them in case that three week emergency turns into a three month emergency.
- Flashlights and Batteries – store lots of these. It is a good idea to have a flashlight in every room.
- Cast Iron Cookware — If you have to start cooking without electricity, you are going to really appreciate having this style of cookware. It is easy to use, cleans easily, and lasts for a long time.