By P. Henry on January 22, 2014
There was a post from Tom Sciacca, owner of the Camping Survival site back in April of 2013 that listed the Top 50 things to disappear from Store shelves during an emergency. This post was compiled from a poll that Camping Survival ran on their Facebook page. In this poll, they asked all their fans what they felt the emergency supplies were that shoppers would swipe up first in an emergency. Tom compiled all the answers, broke them into categories and created this pretty informative list. This list has been reposted on several other blogs and if you are looking for a shopping list of items that people purchase it is a great guide.
In looking at the list though I had another thought and that was with the exception of articles designed for emergency power or light, this shopping list looks just like any other shopping list my wife would make up on any normal day. I am not discounting the work Tom did to create this list, nor am I saying his Facebook fans are wrong. I believe this list is probably very accurate. This got me to my point though and that is we as preppers should never be running to the grocery store during or immediately after a crisis for anything on this list. To us, lists like this shouldn’t matter because during a crisis, my plan is to be home with my kids, not going to the store to pick up some last-minute items.
Tom’s list is broken down into 7 categories (Food, Power and Light, Fun, First Aid, hygiene, babies and Improvisation). I am taking just the top two items from every category except Babies and listing this below. Why not babies you ask? This is a duplicate category I think. Food for babies (Baby Formula) could be counted in the Food section I think and Diapers could be counted in the Hygiene section. Plus, 12 items sounds better than 14, so I have reduced his list down to the top 12 things to disappear from stores during an Emergency.
Power and Light
- Alcohol/Beer I combined these two
- Feminine products
- Paper Plates/Napkins
- Duct Tape
- Plastic Bags
OK, so now we have our list of the top 12 items to disappear from store shelves according to the list compiled from CampingSurvival.com. Why should this list change anything about what you do?
This list does a great job of illuminating what people think is most important, but nothing on here is really surprising like I said above. Food is the easiest one to deal with and that is because everyone who is prepping should be working on a minimum of 30 days of stored food in their pantry. I don’t know many storms that have lasted longer than 30 days. What if there is wide-spread destruction you say and the stores are completely wiped out? They certainly wouldn’t be rebuilt and open for business in 30 days. I would agree with that, but in that case, I could argue that you should have 60 days’ worth of food on hand, 6 months would be better and then you wouldn’t have to worry so much about the grocery stores opening again for a relatively short time.
What if there is an economic collapse and nothing opens up ever again? OK, that isn’t quite what we are dealing with in this example, but if that is the case, running to the store for some bread and butter isn’t going to help either is it? Are you going to make wish sandwiches for a week?