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The First 10 Things to Go in an Emergency: What You Won’t Find on the Shelves

In the midst of any sort of disaster, natural or man-made,  there are certain items you’ll need that will be gone off the shelf in the blink of an eye. To prepare efficiently, store these items beforehand to prevent being left with nothing. We always recommend keeping a large supply of emergency provisions, such as food, water and survival supplies. This is the best way of safe guarding your future and ability to survive anything.

First 10 Things to Go in an Emergency:

1. Generators- We depend on power for just about everything, and sustaining it is typically the first priority of most people. Keeping your fridge or a space heater running can mean the difference between basic and a more comfortable survival.

2. Water and Water Filters or purifiers- Water is a must-have. If the pipes freeze over you’ll need an alternate source, and if the water is not good to drink you will need a way to purify it. Having a filter is more efficient than boiling water; save as much heat as you can for cooking and warmth.

3. Portable Toilets- In case plumbing goes down you’ll need one, and these typically are off the shelves fast in an emergency. It’s a basic, but it’s a very important one.

4. Firewood- Especially in a power outage, firewood is extremely important to stay warm. Alternate heat is vital in the colder months, and even in warmer weather it is important to have for cooking. Make sure your firewood is safe for indoors.

5. Lamp oil, lamps and wicks- Without power there is no other source of light, which is why oil lamps are another quickly oversold item, a safer and longer lasting alternative to candles.

6. (Coleman) Emergency Stove fuel- Store a lot of fuel for your emergency fire, we use more heat than we realize, the more you have the better.

7. Protection: knives, pepper spray, clubs, ammunition and guns- In an emergency we can become very vulnerable, lacking household security systems and electricity. Make sure you have everything you need to protect yourself before disaster strikes to keep your family safe.

8. Can openers and egg beaters- These items are important in order to eat your perishable supply before it goes bad, make sure they are a part of your emergency supply.

9. Sugar, honey and syrup- The sweet tooth prevails and these food items are often the first to go. Stock up and rotate as needed.

10. Grains, beans and rice- Those who do not have a long-term emergency food supply go for these items first. However, these components are difficult to prepare and can spoil quickly. Avoid expensive rotation and empty shelves by investing in our 25 year shelf life meals that simply require water. You’ll be glad you did.

When putting together your emergency supply, keep all of these things in mind so that you’re not left empty handed in a crisis. Our long-term food lasts you 25 years and is easy to store and transport in an emergency. It’s high quality food with a great taste, prepared by adding water. It’s an investment worth making and easy to do on My Food Storage. Our priority is your protection.

For the full 100 item list of things to go in an emergency, go here.