Monday, July 19, 2010

Emergency Stockpile

This past week I mentioned to The Hubbs that I would like to start filling our basement with items and food that we will need in case of an emergency.  I'm not an alarmist, but I want to be prepared for most anything.  I don't want to do it all at once, but maybe $5/week when I go grocery shopping.  This week Fred Meyer had a coupon for canned tomatoes and beans 2/$1 with a limit of 10.  I bought the limit and put all of them downstairs in our tiny basement (basically a furnace/storage room).  I made sure they don't expire for a few years.  I also bought a 100-pack of matches and a few weeks ago I bought 6 candles for $1 at a garage sale.  I made sure they weren't scented, because the scents often give me headaches.

At the top of my list are:
Distilled water
Canned tuna/meats
Canned/dried fruits
OTC ointments/medicines
First aid manual

We would like to purchase a generator, but it's not a necessity.  I will be buying what I can 2nd hand of course :)

While I was searching for an emergency stockpile list online I found this WONDERFUL site:
and these ones:

So many things I would have never even thought of :)

Do you have an emergency stockpile?  What things would be at the top of your list?  Leave your comments below :)


  1. Our neighborhood has an emergency plan in case of any natural or human disaster. One neighbor is in charge of 6 houses and in the event of let's say an earthquake that neighbor makes sure everyone is alright and then they let the emergency services know who needs help and who is ok. I think that every neighborhood should have something like this, because you never know what could happen. Also having a 72 hour kit is also a good idea.

  2. We live in coastal Florida and our rental house came with a generator and gas cans. There's also a well hook-up in case the city water is unavailable. We keep flashlights and candles handy, but that's about it. We always have plenty of food around since we buy dried beans & rice in bulk, so I don't worry about that- if there were a hurricane warning, we would evacuate immediately in any case.