In any emergency, whether it is a hurricane, major snowstorm or civil unrest resulting in the interruption of food and other supplies, you may need to go shopping. Such emergencies might also include the disruption of utilities.
Now, if you are an experienced and well-prepared prepper and are at home with your preps, you probably don’t need to read any further. However, if you are a beginning prepper, one of the average sheep with no supplies, or an experienced prepper who is caught away from their preps, you need to read this. Here is a list of emergency supplies that will disappear rapidly and where to find them.
Seven areas of emergency supplies you should think about
Even a non-prepper should have several days worth of food in their house. I put this list of 34 very useful and versatile foods to keep on hand.
Now, the first thing most people will think about is to go to a grocery store and this may be their only choice, but you should take a look at what other stores may be available to you. Try to avoid the typical grocery store, since that is where everyone else will be. There are many other types of stores that carry limited amounts of canned goods or other foods. This can include stores that sell sporting goods, drug stores, restaurant suppliers, and various types of big box stores.
TIP: Sporting goods stores usually carry freeze-dried meals for campers and backpackers. If you want to buy a few of those meals, since they are so easy to prepare, this could be the place to find them quickly.
Try to purchase foods that will keep without any need for special storage. This means you will be buying mostly canned or packaged foods. Get as much canned meat or fish as possible. Buy all you can. Buy foods that just require heating and not a lot of cooking. Give this some thought and next time you go to the stores in your area, pay attention to what they carry and where it is located.
Buy all the bottled water you can get, plus at least a gallon of unscented bleach to purify additional water. If you’re not sure how to purify water with bleach, here are instructions. There is a lot of misinformation out there about ways to purify water. This book is an excellent, ultimate resource for the best ways to accumulate, purify, and store water
A lot of the small gas stations and convenience type stores carry a good selection of drinking water. In additional to water, you can buy other drinks such as sodas, fruit juices, etc. I recommend that you avoid alcohol; in a crisis, it often causes more problems than it is worth.
Most people don’t have matches or cigarette lighters at home in any quantity. Remember, you are probably not an expert woodsman and will find that you use a large number of matches the first time you light a fire. For matches try places like the Dollar Stores or buy them online in bulk.
4. Batteries & Flashlights
All kinds of stores carry these. Acquire as many as you can. Many of the building supply stores like Home Depot and Lowes have large stocks of them. Keep them in your purse, a tiny one on your keychain (like this one), in every emergency kit, in bedside tables, and in every vehicle. You really can’t own too many flashlights and backup batteries!
Stock up on what you need — both over the counter and prescription. Hopefully, all your prescriptions are up to date. Many over the counter drugs are available in a wide variety of stores, not just a Target or Walgreens. Check with your insurance company to see if you can get another month’s worth of prescription meds.
This includes gasoline, Coleman fuel, charcoal, butane, propane or kerosene. Of cause, we all know where to find gasoline. However many of the other fuels can be found in camping or building supplies, any store that sells barbeques, paint stores and many others.
A good place to look for candles is craft stores, some religious stores, and most big box or grocery stores. Don’t forget tea lights. They can provide safe illumination and there are even ways to use them to cook food and stay warm. As with anything that is open flame, please be SURE to be extra careful around candles.
While this is a very limited list of emergency supplies, if you are in your own home and have access to your normal household supplies, bedding, pots and pans, knives, tool etc. you should be able to get by for the short term.
One thing I want to stress is learn where you can purchase these items. Think outside the box. Most people will go to the big chain grocery stores first. Your best bet may be to look for other alternatives.