I thought I would write a story as if I were a prepper going shopping. There are problems doing this: 1) Is this my first awakening as a prepper and now I must load up? 2) Where am I in my prepper life cycle – am I building a bunker or just making my living space more survivable?
Assuming that I am doing an audit of my condition, I need a good inventory list of items that I may need.
I checked prepper stories at nextooze.com and started to make a list. (The nation is peppered with preppers.)
I started down this road thinking about where I would shop. There are some obvious places:
- 84 Lumber
- Ace Hardware
- Home Depot
If you are going to build an underground bunker, you may need to check 84 Lumber and Lowes. You may need some contracting assistance unless you want to buy some videos and books and take some courses at Home Depot or Lowes.
Then, I thought about emergency supplies. I can get some of those things at the hardware and home improvement outlets, but some things not. I went online and searched for disaster and emergency supplies and found all sorts of sources.
Basically, the more I looked at sources, the more I realized I had left items off my list. So, given the web, it is probably a good idea to build your list from sourcing on the internet and then you can decide what you might want to purchase at the store and what you may order from web sources.
There are some real cost advantages to buying in bulk.
I started putting prices next to items on my list and I can tell you that if you are starting from scratch, building an emergency supply cushion, you are talking thousands of dollars. Therefore, you will need to plan, prioritize and budget for these purchases.
In addition, you have to think about where you are going to store the extra inventory. Unless you have considerable surplus capacity, you are going to need space and accessible storage. Some long-term food supplies come already packaged as freeze-dried astronaut food, for instance.
Do you think John and Annie Glenn still have some of that stuff stored at his place in New Concord Ohio?
What a list and it keeps on growing.
- First aid kit – better get 1 kit per person – Johnson & Johnson $22.00@
- General repair toolkit – 1 is enough $29.00
- Paper products and dispensers – Kleenex, paper towels, bathroom tissue — $86.00
- Paper plates and plastic cups — $50.00
- Trash bags, Clorox wipes –$20.00
- Batteries – 8 AA — $20.00
- Flash lights and spare batteries – $35.00
- 360 units of long term food $670.00
- Emergency radio – hand crank — $9.00
- Water – $30.00
There are preppers in the extreme. One guy wants to buy Airstream and take off. It looks to me like disasters are just an excuse to convince his wife it is time to head for the hills.
One guy wants you to plant a survival garden, Native American style. Well, it wouldn’t hurt if you have the dirt. I have some seeds on reserve in case I need them.
You need some damned guns.
Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.com wrote popular article shared among the prepper community.
“The Poor Man’s Guide To Survival Gear”
In the article there are all sorts of pictures of survivalist stuff include guns and ammo.
I am not one to advocate an automatic rifle or canons and such. But, you had better have some good knives.