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100 Things that Disappear in an Economic Collapse

This is from Woody O'Brien, a well respected financial Analyist who recently appeared on SGTbull's YouTube Channel.

I thought I was well prepared for economic collapse or natural disaster until I read
this list. Be prepared because SUCCESS FAVORS THE PREPARED MIND!
Michael #Woodf O'Brien ChFC

This list is from a Sarajevo War Survivor: Experiencing honible things that can happen in a war -death of parents
and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezingcold, fear, sniper attacks. Prior to its collapse into civil war
life in Saraievo was similar to life in a US rural state like Tennessee or Wyoming.

100 Items to Disappear First

1. Generators: Good solar ones are best. Gas ones have supplylstorage, risk, noisy, target of thieves, maintenance.
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets/showers
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 -12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Symps/white, brown sugar
10. Rice -Beans -Wheat
1 1. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY -note -food
grade if for drinking.
14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won't heat a room.)
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Def,rnite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item,longer-term lighting is difficult.)
1 9. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23.Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).

30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk -Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds Q.{on-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/linelhangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes...buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42.Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47.loumals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (ot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting -if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
5 1. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine I nailshopelspikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain. NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Cawing supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicyc les.. . Tires/tube s/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67.Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
Tl.Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
T4.Handpumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)

75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravylsoup base
76. Reading glasses
7 7 . Chocolatel Cocaa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. " Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarve s/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens
10 additional survival strategies.

1. Stockpiling helps. but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate
near renewable food sources.
2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war
quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is gteater than gold's.
4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity -it's the easiest to
do without (unless you're in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)
5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without
heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy -it makes a lot of
the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs
enough heat to "warm", not to cook. It's cheap too, especially if you buy it in

6. Bring some books -escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more
valuable as the war continues. Sure, it's great to have a lot of survival
guides, but you'll figure most of that out on your own anlrway -trust me, you'll

have a lot of time on your hands.
7.The feeling that you're human can fade pretty fast. I can't tell you how many
people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of
toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to
lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.

8. Slow buming candles and matches, matches, matches.
9. Have a little bit of cash hidden in your house in small denominations.
10. Have as much silver and gold for barter hidden in your house as you can stand holding because its99yo certain
that is the ONLY money people will trade you goods for no matter what.

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good list

What about Rum and Wiskey? Many good uses to disinfectants, acclerant, good cheer, anasthetic, and for cooking and most importantly for trade !!!

For example, I was once stranded for 4 days in a massive snowstorm. When the third day came around the hundreds of people that we were with were getting very bored and rumours of a liquor store was going to opened somewhat nearby... there was a good exodus in search of such 'spirits'. Peoples' nerves were strained and the not knowing how long we all would remain there. When the National Guard started coming in and to evac people out of there by personnel carriers ... people realized it was not too good and food supplies were dwindling and an increasing type of anxiety started to settle in. Thus the booze became a high value item.

Plus the glass bottles could be used for storing liquids and as a weapon.


Seen the list before

but I thought it was from the argentinian collapse.....

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

I personally

didn't see marijuana on the list, and that worries me ;)

I know in the dark times that are coming up, a blunt to the face is going to be worth a lot to me...

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

great list

just one important thing is missing:

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Speaking of humanity. Add

Speaking of humanity. Add rubbers to your list. I can imagine that they will be very valuable for the ones who turn to the worlds oldest profession.


Check! ;-)

Now I just need to find info on how to refill little propane bottles...

Add a few bottles of wine,

Add a few bottles of wine, plastic roses, and a plastic picnic set for your romantic adventures.

You mean at least a few *cases* of wine, don't you? :-)

Especially considering that sommeliers, The Wine Spectator, etc., may soon be monitoring the "glow in the dark factor" of all 2010 and beyond vintages.... hehe.

The picnic/bug-out bag ('pic-out bag'? 'bug-nic bag'?) is a *must* too...


point. Never thought of that.

Now that you mention it, there is something to look forawrd to then...

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

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Now more than ever, this list is important to review....

and obtain.


The number one and most

The number one and most important thing we can do if the economy collapses is to change our attitude. We must accept the fact that we will now need to work harder than we have in our entire lives.