Oh dear, What have I forgoten (before its too late)?

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Ok oK OK!

It is getting close to crunch time. I am sure I have forgotten something. Lets see:

Water -- Check

Food -- Check

Heating, Electricity, Housing -- Check

Toilets, hygine, soap, Bleach, Lime, sawdust -- Check

Lanterns, Flashlights, LED Flashlights -- Check

Radios, WalkieTalkies, Battery TV --- Check

Meds, Vitamines, Asprin, Alergy Meds -- Check

Radiation Meter, $, coins -- Check

Guns, Ammo, BB Guns, Pepper Spray, Binoculars --- Check

Fire Extingishers, Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monixide Detector -- Check

Gas Mask --(um--No, Hope I don't need it cause I can't go that far)

Comfort foods, candy, books, tapes -- Check

Duct Tape, Nails, Tools, gas powered soldering iron -- Check

Spouse, kids, pets -- Check

Boat (ya never know) --- Check

Job (for now)-- Check


Ok, what am I forgeting. I know that when the time comes I will find out, but I'd rather plan.....

Give me a hand and your idea's


-- I (Think@I.can), October 11, 1999


Are you just preparing until everything comes back to normal or are you preparing to be self-sufficient as possible? When winter is over do you plan on having a garden for food the following winter? You need garden supplies. Do you plan on canning the food? You need canning supplies. Do you plan on having to make do with clothes? You will need sewing supplies. There is a big difference in preparing for a bad time that will end and preparing for a bad time to last. I found this out when I first started preparing for y2k.

-- Carol (glear@usa.net), October 11, 1999.

Seeds, Fishing Gear -- Check

Boots, Sewing Supplies, New Coats, New socks -- Check

Get out of Suburbia -- Opps, Gotta plan on some civilization or else.

Dependable Car, Bikes, Employment Plan B -- Check

Insecticide, plant food, gardening tools -- Check

Keep those ideas coming!! Thanks

-- I (Think@I.can), October 11, 1999.

Camping gear, tents, sleeping bags, Tarps -- Check

Bug out bag --- Not packed, get with the plan!

Site B-- Yeah but it is a hard row to hoe living there.

-- I (Think@I.can), October 11, 1999.

Don't forget simple, non-powered old-fashioned hand tools nails, screws, ectectect

-- Billy Boy (Rakkasn@yahoo.com), October 11, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California

I went through my list of preps a while back and marked the ones that I thought would be most often forgotten or underestimated. See the legend at the top of the page to know how to spot those items in the list. These things will be difficult to come by. After marking those items in the list, I counted 23 items. I thought I might pare it down to a round top twenty, but found I couldn't choose any of these items to eliminate.

I posted this list in June or so, but I'm reposting it here, since the formatting on that one sucked. Note... just because something's not on this list doesn't mean it's not essential. For example, "food." It's still important to work on each of the categories. Apples are not essential, because you can live without them. The items in this list are specific individual items that have no good substitute. Here they are, in no particular order, since they are all essential:

Silver, in case paper money becomes worthless
granulated superchlorinator
compact & powerful water purification
powdered eggs called for in many recipes
salt, a so-called essential mineral
canola, a so-called essential oil
multi-vitamins, to combat malnutrition
Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carly Emory
non-hybrid seeds to have a shot at multiple years of gardening
matches fire extinguisher for when the fire department doesn't come lite salt
an ingredient of rehydration fluid
potassium iodide in case of a nuclear event morning after pill due to increased barbarism
vermifuge to combat various intestinal worms
latex gloves to protect from other's body fluids
toilet paper unless you like using leaves
rat poison to combat rabies, plague & food inventory shrinkage
mechanical pencil for after everyone's pencils are stubs fountain pen for after everyone's ball points run dry
smaller underwear
long blade knife
wind-up shortwave radio in case anyone is out there

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), October 11, 1999.

OK, the formatting still sucks. matches
fire extinguisher...
lite salt, an ingredient in rehydration fluid
mechanical pencil
fountain pen

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), October 11, 1999.

Your "book of inspiration" - for me its my Bible.

-- mom (mom@mom.com), October 11, 1999.

Rechargable batteries,solar battery charger,powdered butter,cig lighters,melatonin for sleeping and extra trash barrels.

-- Maggie (aaa@aaa.com), October 11, 1999.

Lots and lots of plastic bags, all sizes. Heavy plastic sheeting and stakes to hold it down with (good for catching rain, covering wood or broken window cover, etc). Quick Crete for setting posts or whatever. Charcoal & fluid.

-- Sammie Davis (sammie0x@hotmail.com), October 12, 1999.

new underwear

-- Libby Alexander (libbyalex@aol.com), October 12, 1999.

Gloves, lots of really good leather work gloves. Vital to keep your hands healthy.

-- Stacia (ClassyCwgl@aol.com), October 12, 1999.

Backup appliances! The primary electrical disruption I expect next year will be appliance-blowing voltage fluctuations. I am currently combining two households and intending to hold onto every appliance available. This way, I can unplug the good stuff and run the cheapo. Replacement costs could be real budget killers next year, assuming the stuff is even available. (My prediction is that the greatest hardship next year for those of us who prepared will be listening to the whining of DWGIs as their precious components are fried!)

Of course, the most important electronic in my home (my gas furnace) is the one I do not have covered. (Yes, I have wood stove backup, but I hope only as an emergency.) I had an occasion yesterday during a service repair visit to ponder whether I would order an extra control board. Decided not to after hearing the price, but hope I won't be kicking myself next year - it would have been cheap insurance if I needed it. (Big slap on the head - just realized I should have kept the old board since it wasn't completely shot. Drat!)

-- Brooks (brooksbie@hotmail.com), October 12, 1999.

Dental repair kit. (can be bought at an Wal-Mart store for around $5.00) This is good to have around the house or camper, when the dentist office is either closed (as on weekends) or too far for immediate service.

The dental kit includes an extended dental mirror, Cavit (a temporary filling replacement), oil of cloves (a strong pain killer), small cotton pellets (put the oil of cloves on the pellet and put on the afflicted tooth or gum area), tweezers (to hold the cotton pellet), and instructions.

-- Deb (travelersfourcats@worldnet.att.net), October 12, 1999.

A couple scissor springs to the Swiss Army knife.

-- Steve Cooper (stephanf@codenet.net), October 13, 1999.

Don't forget your astronomical viewing instruments and finder charts. If all the lights go out the night views should make it all worth the inconvenience.

-- it'scoming @last (friedel@tisd.net), October 14, 1999.

Barometer (You knew I found one at a yard sale, didn't you?)

Pet first aid kit

Brace and bit (non-electric drill, also found at yard sale)

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), October 15, 1999.

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