What Should I Buy First?-That Is Likely To Be In Short Supply?

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OK - I have the back up power system for the home/farm. Other than that(generators,etc), what is anticipated to be in short supply first? I have pressure canners, dozens of cases of jars/lids, garden seeds. Does anyone anticipate that prescription medicines, both for people and animals, will be in short supply this fall? Tea, coffee, ammo, weapons??? Wish I knew if the paper products industry was forecasting a larger demand than usual - and gearing up for the increase. Any opinions?

-- jeanne (jeanne@hurry.now), March 30, 1999


Well jeanne,

I'm not sure how much applies directly to you, but the first things WE bought:

1) Camp lantern & fuel 2) Camp Stove (& fuel) 3) Sleeping bags 4) Misc Camping Equipment (compass, rain gear, etc) 5) Portable water filter & refills 6) Tent 7) Backpacks 8) Candles, batteries, flashlights, etc. 9) bleach, ammonia, iodine 10) First aid kit

Then the next day

3 months worth of canned food.

-- Jollyprez (jolly@prez.com), March 30, 1999.


As with the above post, I would by a camp stove but one that uses Propane. Propane is the best emergency cooking source.

It may be not something that is going to run out in a hurry but make sure you have clothes as most are manufactured overseas. I have made it a point to have lots of clothes.

Oh and yes prescription medicines are not likely to be stockpiled in any specific locations. This is as much because of JIT and manufacturing limitations as policy.

As far as the paper products, the pulp mills where I live are reducing capacity and closing. If that helps.

-- Brian (imager@ampsc.com), March 30, 1999.

You are going camping for three or more months, with no way to get to the store. Make your list. Shelter, heat, water, food, communications, protection, medicine, ect.

-- SCOTTY (BLehman202@aol.com), March 30, 1999.

If you're seriously considering buying weapons and ammo, do not delay. My local armorer mentioned today that he sees this summer as being too late to make a choice of what to buy. By then it will be a "buy what you can find" situation.

Already he and I are having problems finding "moderately large amounts" of a certain caliber ammo at affordable prices. This situation will definitely spread to other caliber ammunition as more people buy their stockpiles.

I pity the poor soul who realizes this fall that the neighborhood thugs are GI and they're sizing him up and adding his household goods to their New Year's shopping list. 'Cause when he makes the decision to go buy a weapon and ammo then, his choices, if any at all are available, are likely going to be expensive and unsuited for his needs and abilities.

WW, Got guns & ammo? Go buy more!

-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), March 30, 1999.

Jeanne- Gary North suggests getting lots of toilet paper as it is going to be in high demand and not readily available. We started with the bare neccesities first and then are adding as time and money permit.

-- Sandra (iluvmy8@aol.com), March 30, 1999.

Jeanne, Look at your own personal situation. Think of a 2week span. What do you need in your life during that time which you would be very uncomfortable without ? After you make that determination then you will know how to procede.

-- nine (nine_fingers@hotmail.com), March 31, 1999.

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