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    Originally taken from FluWiki in 2007 - link not working anymore. Re-posted today:

    Tips From Sarajevo: 100 Items to Disappear First

    Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves, invites marauders; maintenance etc.)
    Water Filters/Purifiers
    Portable Toilets
    Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
    Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
    Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
    Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
    Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
    Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
    Rice - Beans - Wheat
    Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.)
    Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
    Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
    Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
    Survival Guide Book.
    Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, ect. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
    Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
    Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
    Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
    Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
    Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
    Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
    Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
    Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
    Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
    Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many)
    Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
    Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
    Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
    Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
    Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
    Tuna Fish (in oil)
    Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
    First aid kits
    Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
    Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
    Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
    Flour, yeast & salt
    Matches. (“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
    Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
    Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
    Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
    Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
    Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
    Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
    Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
    Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
    Fishing supplies/tools
    Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
    Duct Tape
    Laundry Detergent (liquid)
    Backpacks, Duffle Bags
    Garden tools & supplies
    Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
    Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
    Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
    Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
    Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
    Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
    Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
    Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
    Board Games, Cards, Dice
    d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
    Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
    Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
    Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
    Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc
    Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
    Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
    Soysauce, vinegar, boullions/gravy/soupbase
    Reading glasses
    Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
    Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
    Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
    Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
    Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
    Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
    Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
    Lumber (all types)
    Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
    Cots & Inflatable mattresses
    Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
    Lantern Hangers
    Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
    Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal etc)
    Paraffin wax
    Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
    Chewing gum/candies
    Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
    Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
    From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
    Stockpiling helps, but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
    Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
    After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.
    If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it’s the easiest to do without (unless you’re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)
    Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.
    Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.
    The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast. I can’t tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
    Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches.
    More matches

  • #2
    Re: Tips From Sarajevo: 100 Items to Disappear First

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    • #3
      Re: Tips From Sarajevo: 100 Items to Disappear First

      I'd like to add that knowing how to live without modern conveniences is at least as important as stocking up on them. I look on things like most of what's in the list above as transition items, things that can help stressed and fearful people adjust to not having them long term. If a shortage scenario goes on for more than a few months, most "prepper" items are going to run out. Knowing how to live without them is paramount.

      I would also add a few things to the list. One of them is squirt bottles and/or spray bottles. Without running water, they can provide a stream of water in a controlled way. Also at least one hot water bottle per person. A hot water bottle tucked between the sheets goes a long way to provide heat on a cold night. Those are just two inexpensive things that almost anyone can acquire and store away easily.

      People who are serious about disaster preparation also need to practice at least a couple of times a year, once in cold weather and one in hot. Without air conditioning, could you open all your windows for natural ventilation? Do all the windows have intact screens? Do you have a heat source that doesn't require electricity? Or at least enough blankets and warm clothing to live without heat if you had to? I have had to, and it is possible (bed partners become very welcome, lol).


      • #4
        Re: Tips From Sarajevo: 100 Items to Disappear First

        Thanks for sharing this.

        My household is decently prepped, grow most of our food, practice our skills, etc. but going into the rainy season here in the PNW is always a good time to review. We get hellacious rain/windstorms in winter, and have to take care of humans, pets & livestock in emergency situations, so better to get ready now than in the middle of a dark & stormy night.

        I also need to get better car/work kits together. Google 'get home bag' for some good ideas.

        Another tip is to download reference texts to your ipad or mobile device. It's easy to keep one charged and you can access a lot of information that way.


        • #5
          Re: Tips From Sarajevo: 100 Items to Disappear First

          Good items to collect ... thank you. We went through 13,000 quakes in Christchurch so far, and we were without power and plumbing for 3 weeks after the Feb 22 2011 great quake. I found that you need to put water, food, shelter and medicines like prescriptions at the top of the list.

          Water ... Get lots of storable water ... & I suggest getting a rainwater collecting tank installed.

          Food ... As your lists suggest... plus I get dehydrated foods and dried beans, rice, corn, oats, wheat and flour and noodles and lots of seeds that you can sprout quickly for additional greens plus seeds to grow as soon as a disaster begins.

          These days I'd also suggest water-filtering straws, a water tester device & a Geiger counter just in case there are concerns as to the quality of water, food and shelter suitability.

          Books you treasure and family photos...Play items like felt pens, crayons and lots of paper for children and pens and pencils and if you're a smoker, tobacco, rolling papers and lighters, and your handheld devices w/ suitable backup.

          Put if possible a month supply of prescription meds into two separate allotments so if you can't get to one, you will still have another location safe. And make sure your meds and those of family members are kept in waterproof containers and kept close in a backpack inner pocket or safe at home if your place is still habitable.

          Better prepared than not. Best wishes to all )


          • #6
            Re: Tips From Sarajevo: 100 Items to Disappear First

            Good suggestions, all. Another thing to consider, at least for long term planning, is small musical instruments, or even big ones, if anyone in the family can play them. I have a piano and an old parlor organ (the kind with foot pedals that you pump), plus multiple small string and wind instruments. Most of the immediate family members can at least pick out a tune on any of them. My grandson has juggling balls, decks of cards, dice and a penny whistle. My daughter can tell jokes--she's so good that when she was stranded once on the road, she went to a nearby truck stop and offered to tell jokes for a dollar, and made enough money to get herself home. Keeping people emotionally healthy is just as important as keeping them physically healthy.


            • #7
              Re: Tips From Sarajevo: 100 Items to Disappear First

              Make sure you can safely heat/cook that food you have stored. A butane burner (indoor rated) and butane canisters might be worth the small investment. Better than having to decide between standing outside in the rain/cold with an outdoor grill vs eating that food cold. (I'm assuming you all know to never bring an outdoor grill indoors, to avoid carbon monoxide.)