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Here is a long list of what to have on hand, if your debit cards fails you and Walmart is closed.
If your debit card stopped working tomorrow, would you be ready? Let’s put our minds together and see if we can come up with a comprehensive list of items needed for survival. (I am assuming in what follows that I will not be bugging out. Hence, I have omitted discussion of my BOB.) Assuming you are staying put, what items would you definitely want on hand? Remember the motto: plan today because tomorrow your debit card may not work.

Please note that the order in which the following items are listed is not indicative of their perceived importance—i.e., I did not place cleaning supplies ahead of weaponry and hunting because I felt the former was more important than the latter. Each category is important, hence its inclusion on this list.

Comprehensive Supply List

1. Water Purification
■Bottled Water
■Rain Barrel
■Water Bottle with Filter
■Water Purification Tablets
■Pool Shock/Bleach
■Kettle w/ Lid for Boiling Water
■Propane Stove
■Matches/Fire Starter
■Charcoal and Sand
■Mosquito Netting
■Coffee Filters

2. Shelf Stable Foods
■Dry Milk
■Lemon Juice
■Cooking Oil
■Canned Goods
■Water Enhancers
■Baking Essentials (Yeast, Salt, etc.)
■Sprouting Seeds
■Non-hybrid Garden Seeds

3. Hygiene Supplies
■Dental Floss
■Feminine Hygiene Products
■Shaving Supplies
■Baby Wipes
■Toilet paper
■Insect Spray
■Lotion/Lip Balm
■Manicure Set (Nail Clippers, Nail Brush, File)

4. First-Aid
■First-Aid Kit
■Extra Band-Aids
■Dental Kit
■Wound Care
■Rubbing Alcohol
■Hydrogen Peroxide
■Listerine Mouth Rinse
■Antibiotic Ointment
■Snake Bite Kit
■Respirator Masks
■Latex Gloves

5. Medications
■Prescription Medication
■Birth Control
■Foot Care Products
■Pain Reliever (Tylenol, Aleve, Aspirin, etc.)
■Cold Medicine
■Diarrhea/Constipation Medications
■Allergy Medication

6. Cleaning Supplies
■Bleach/Pool Shock
■Baking Soda
■Washing Soda
■Bar Soap (Fels Naptha)
■Mop and Bucket
■Broom and Dust Pan
■Scrub Brushes
■Dish Pan
■Trash Bags
■Trash Cans
■Burn Barrel

7. Cooking and Food Preservation
■Solar Oven
■Camping Stove
■Barbeque Grill
■Grain Grinder
■Meat Grinder
■Solar Dehydrator
■Cast Iron Cookware
■Cooking Utensils
■Non Electric Can Opener
■Non Electric Coffee Maker
■Water Bath Canner
■Pressure Canner
■Jars and Lids
■Extra 5 Gallon Buckets
■Plastic Plates & Bowls

8. Lighting
■Oil Lantern
■Extra Wicks & Mantles
■Solar Lights
■Light Sticks
■Head Lamp

9. Weaponry & Hunting
■Compound Bow
■Extra Arrows
■Sling Shot
■Snare Wire

10. Clothing
■Work Shirts
■Extra Laces
■Flip Flops/Crocks
■Tennis Shoes
■Work Gloves
■Wide-Brimmed Hat
■Mosquito Head Gear
■Extra Prescription Glasses
■Eye Glass Repair Kit
■Sun Glasses

11. Household Items
■Bath Towels
■Solar Shower
■Kitchen Towels
■Sewing Kit
■Washboard and Buckets
■Aluminum Foil
■Ziplock Bags
■Portable Toilet
■Pest and Insect Control (Mouse Traps, Diatomaceous Earth)
■Extra Keys (Home, Shop and Vehicles)

12. Alternative Energy Source
■Extension Cords
■Solar Panels
■Rechargeable Batteries
■Solar Recharger
■Fuel Stabilizer
■Lamp Oil
■Seasoned Fire Wood

13. Tools and Gear
■Gardening Tools (Shovel, Axe, Rake)
■Fishing Gear (Poles, Tackle, Nets)
■Shut Off Wrench for Gas/Water
■Basic Construction Tools
■Hardware (Nails, Screws)
■Tie Down/Rope/Para-cord/Bungee Cord
■Duct Tape
■Extra Gas Cans
■Sharpening Stone/Honing Oil
■Gun Cleaning Kit & Supplies
■Wire and Wire Cutters
■Window Screen Repair Kit
■Fire Extinguisher
■Plastic Garbage Containers w/ Lid
■Chain and Padlocks
■Weather Instruments

14. Communications
■Two-way Radio
■Weather Radio
■Ham Radio

15. Money
■Tradable Skills

16. Barter Goods
■Toilet Paper

17. Maps and Guides
■Detailed Map of Local Area
■Survival Guide
■Field Guide/Eatable Plant Guide
■First Aid Manual

18. Identification and Documentation
■Photo ID/Passport
■Birth Certificate
■Social Security Card
■Medical Records
■Banking Documents
■Insurance Documents
■Marriage License
■Contact Information

19. Entertainment/Sanity
■Musical Instruments
■Paper, Pens, Sketchbook

20. Pets and Children
■Proof of Vaccination


Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:51 pm
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I could worry about the past information about Fukushima or I can think about what I will do when the radiation level increases. Here is a list of things to do, as of right now.

1. Get food and water - enough for 1 year
2. Select a room that is temperature control for storing the supplies like in the basement
3. Get solar panels and convert lights and fans to 12volts
4. Get hepa filters to filter the outside air into the room.
5. Start trying to grow vegetables in a basement or root cellar.
6. And most of all, start walking the walk, instead talking the talk!

Your steps show how much you believe what you are hearing. Talking the talk does not help you or your family.

Keep looking up, Harlan

Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:56 am

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This is something that interests me. It is not easy to prepare for a catastrophic event let alone one that may involve high radiation levels. The survival list is great. I have some things covered but some things I need to work on so this has been helpful to read.

I will definitely have some wine and high alcohol beers for trade plus equipment for brewing more. I have barley that I stored for quite a while and it had held up quite well. I want a few different trucks for hauling gear like tools and being able to move from one location to another for fresh water and hunting and harvesting crops. I want to get a large gas tank and research storing fuel because I could see that being something that will be useful for generators and vehicles. There is plenty to do so getting to read such informative posts is a great help.

I will look into Niacin. I definitely think that a nutritious diet is important in general. Eating right and supplementing will help with better overall health and that helps with survival on many fronts.

I have a ton to learn about radiation and that is how I found this site. Can you please recommend a book or link that would be a good starter book or websites to start learning about radiation like the different types, how they travel, and how to protect from it. I have watched a bunch of videos and read some but I need a 101 type starting point. Thank You for sharing. Thumbs up!!! Otis

Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:55 am
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@Otis - Have you read all the radiation learning videos station & information here

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Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:12 am
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Here is a good article for what to do: ... t_08142012

In the article below, Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition and author of the free weekly series 52 Weeks to Preparedness, puts together a fantastic primer on Nuclear Disaster Preparedness that may save lives if the worst ever happens. Perhaps countless lives could have been saved and the onset of radiation diseases prevented had the Japanese been given access to similar preparedness information.

Are You Ready Series: Nuclear Disaster Preparedness

Since the dawn of nuclear weapons, we have always been weary of a trigger happy world leader hastily pushing a nuke detonator. However, according to history the two worst nuclear events that have occurred were accidental. Chernobyl, being the first event, had a fire and explosion that released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, and spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. The second largest nuclear event is the infamous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that occurred in 2011.

Each day we are exposed to nuclear radiation, some naturally and some through un-natural means. Those of us who live close to nuclear power plants are exposed more than others.

Are You At-Risk?

Those that live near nuclear power plants should be especially concerned with nuclear disaster preparedness; especially individuals who live in areas where natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes) could damage the nuclear facilities. The map below shows all of the nuclear power plants in the U.S. Many states are areas where natural disasters could quite possibly take out or damage a power plant. Are you ready for this?

We Are Affected Globally by Radiation

No matter where radiation leaks or disasters occur, they will affect us globally one way or another and we should be ready for them. Due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, our food supplies, water sources, and even our health have become affected from the radiation dispersed. Radiation tests conducted since the nuclear disaster in Japan have detected radioactive iodine and cesium in milk, beef and vegetables produced in California (Source). This video is a great source that explains how radiation gets into our food supply.

According to “Health Ranger” Mike Adams, even growing your own organic produce is no longer enough to guarantee food safety. “Only those who grow food in greenhouses will be largely protected from the fallout.”

How to Limit Our Exposure to Radiation

One of the easiest ways to minimize the effects of radiation is knowing where our food comes from and limiting our exposure to radioactive foods and water sources. Keep in mind that foods, especially seafood from the West coast will be the most effected by radiation.
Having an electroscope that gauges how much radiation you are receiving daily can be a useful tool. A Kearny Fallout Meter can give daily readings of radiation levels in your area.
Thoroughly wash your produce. Despite arguments to the contrary, you can wash radioactive particles off of produce. Clearly if the plant has taken in the radiation through the roots, it is irrevocably tainted. Fallout, however, can be dealt with. Washing your food in baking soda or peeling the skin off is a way to avoid ingesting radiation. Calcium bentonite clay is another natural substance that actually absorbs radiation. Interestingly, calcium bentonite clay has a uniquely strong negative ionic charge. When activated with water it works like a strong magnet, absorbing anything with a positive ionic charge (i.e., toxins, pesticides, radiation). The clay captures these substances and removes them as it is eliminated or washed off.” To wash produce with Bentonite Clay: Mix 1 part Calcium Bentonite Clay to 8 parts of purified water in a large non-metallic bowl. Toss your produce in this clay water, making certain the produce is completely covered, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse well with more purified water.
Also, by adopting an anti-radiation diet can provide natural alternatives to assist the body in ridding itself from exposure. Foods such as kelp, rosemary, spirulina, miso soup and niacin all assist the body in fighting radiation damage. Other foods that may help in combating radiation sickness are foods that naturally detoxify the body. Foods that are high in potassium such as apples, oranges, pineapples and pomegranates are foods that are also good cancer fighters. Mushrooms are also a food source to add to your anti-radiation diet. Any mushrooms brown or black in color, and especially reishi mushrooms. Foods that are high in antioxidants will also assist your body in ridding itself of radioactive particles. Foods such as green and black teas (make sure that your tea is not from Japan), garlic, cumin, nettles, dandelions, ginseng, lentils, collards and mustard greens are also suggested.
Any food or water stored in sealed containers that have any fallout dust is safe to consume as long as the fallout dust is brushed or rinsed off the outside of the container. Take caution not to allow the fallout dust to get inside the container.
If you are concerned about your water sources, use filtered water in everything, including brushing your teeth and sponge bathing. Purchase a reverse osmosis water filter with extra filtration cartridges. Remember, it is important to replace your filters after multiple uses. Drinking apple cider vinegar can also assist in flushing toxins and radiation from the body. Baking soda and water is another option as it also flushes radiation and cleans the stomach lining. You can also put baking soda in dish soap, body soap, laundry detergent as the radiation will bind to the baking soda thus neutralizes it.
Did you know that the Spiderwort plant is Nature’s gieger counter? This plant naturally has very dark purple flowers and when they are exposed to radiation or near an area where radiation is high, the flowers turn pink. Planting these in your yard will be a great way to know if you are taking in excess radiation.
Knowing in advance how much radiation you are exposed to radiation through natural and un-natural means can help you calculate your annual radiation dose. To find this out, click on the Annual Radiation Calculator.
What if You Are Exposed to Radioactive Particles?

Radioactive ionic particles attach themselves to dust floating in the air. Therefore, it can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. If you are told to evacuate or bug in due to a nuclear disaster, keep the following points in mind:

If you are driving, keep the car windows and vents closed, and use recirculating air.
Due to the fear of panic and gridlock that will ensue from mass evacuations, most governments will delay mandatory evacuations until the last minute. This will only cause mass confusion and chaos at gas stations, grocery stores and on the streets. The best way to prevent this, is to stay ahead of the crowd and prepare ahead of time.
If told to stay indoors, turn off the air conditioner and other air intakes and go to a basement. Seal basement windows and entrances to prevent fallout from getting inside. If you go outside, you will need to remove your outer clothing before coming inside the shelter.
Likewise, creating a sealed area near the entrance of the shelter will prevent fallout dust from entering. Seal the entryway with blankets, bubble wrap or plastic sheeting to prevent the dust from coming in. Have water and baby shampoo near the entrance to wash and thoroughly rinse any exposed skin and hair. Exposure to fallout radiation does not make you radioactive, but you need to assure that you don’t bring any inside. Some experts suggest having a rain poncho to take on and off when you go outside.
To go a step further, covering the windows wood, then sandbags followed by masonry bricks will create a multi-layered protection against you and radioactive particles.
If you find yourself outdoors when a nuclear blast occurs, duck and cover for 2 minutes. You will first see a blinding light followed by tornado force winds and dangerous. When all danger is gone, seek shelter immediately. Remove your clothing at the door and place in a sealed plastic bag. You can remove 80% of the particles by removing your clothing. Showering immediately following exposure is another way to remove the remaining particles.
If you have signs of radiation on skin soak in a tub of equal parts baking soda, apple cider vinegar and epsom salt. Skin brushing can be very beneficial, because the skin is a primary avenue for detoxification – scrub along with the lungs, kidneys, liver, and colon. An unused vegetable brush would be very helpful with this process.
Getting caught out in the rain can also cause you to have more exposure to radioactive particles. If you do have to go out in the rain, completely cover yourself. Experts are suggesting that if your clothes get wet to take them off and seal them in a plastic bag, immediately shower and change clothing. (The detox bath solution and skin brushing would be good here. If radioactive materials get on your skin, burns and blistering can occur.Note: If you are exposed to radioactive particles, you will also need to get your urine tested for traces of cessium at your local medical center.
When fallout is first anticipated, but has not yet arrived, anyone not already sheltered should begin using their N95 particulate respirator masks and hooded rain ponchos. Everyone should begin taking Potassium Iodide (KI) or Potassium Iodate (KIO3) tablets for thyroid protection against cancer causing radioactive iodine, a major product of nuclear weapons explosions. If no tablets are available, you can topically (on the skin) apply an iodine solution, such as a tincture of iodine or Betadine, for a similar protective effect. (WARNING: Iodine solutions are NEVER to be ingested or swallowed.) Absorption through the skin is not as reliable a dosing method as using the tablets, but tests show that it will still be very effective for most. Do not use if allergic to iodine. If at all possible, inquire of your doctor NOW if there is any reason why anybody in your household should not use KI or KIO3 tablets, or iodine solutions on their skin, in a future nuclear emergency, just to be sure.
For adults, paint 8 ml of a 2 percent tincture of Iodine on the abdomen or forearm each day, ideally at least 2 hours prior to possible exposure.
For children 3 to 18, but under 150 pounds, only half that amount painted on daily, or 4 ml. For children under 3 but older than a month, half again, or 2 ml.
For newborns to 1 month old, half it again, or just 1 ml. (One measuring teaspoon is about 5 ml, if you don’t have a medicine dropper graduated in ml.) If your iodine is stronger than 2%, reduce the dosage accordingly.
When you know that the time to take protective action is approaching, turn off all the utilities into the house, check that everything is sealed up and locked down, and head for the shelter. You should also have near your shelter fire extinguishers and additional tools, building supplies, sheet plastic, staple guns, etc. for sealing any holes from damage. Your basement should already be very well sealed against fallout drifting inside. Now, you’ll need to seal around the last door you use to enter with duct tape all around the edges, especially if it’s a direct to the outside door.
Do not use the telephone unless absolutely necessary. Staying on the phone will congest phone lines making it impossible for others in your area to make or receive calls.
Symptoms of Radiation Sickness Include:

Bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums, and rectum
Bloody stool
Hair loss
Inflammation of exposed areas (redness, tenderness, swelling, bleeding)
Mouth ulcers
Nausea and vomiting
Open sores on the skin
Skin burns (redness, blistering)
Sloughing of skin
Ulcers in the esophagus, stomach or intestines
Vomiting blood
Preparing for an Imminent Nuke Attack

If you are told to evacuate or bug in place due to nuclear attack or nuclear leak disaster, keep in mind that this type of disaster is survivable. Even though it is difficult preparing for this sort of disaster, you can put some preparations in place. Many of the preparedness items are similar to the ones needed for other disasters.

You will of course need:

Two week supply of food and water
Medical supplies
Sanitation supplies
Emergency lighting sources
Heat sources
Emergency communications (at least a hand-crank or short-wave radio)
Refer to the 52-Weeks to Preparedness List for emergency list suggestions.
However, you will need additional supplies pertinent to a nuclear disaster. Some of these items include:

Geiger counter
Kearny fallout meter
Potassium Iodate (KI03) tablets for all family or group members
Apple cider vinegar flushes radiation out of the body
Baking soda
Ingestible bentonite clay
Nuke suit
Duct tape
N95 particulate respirator masks
Hooded rain ponchos for all family or group members
Home air filter
Soap, sponges and/or bristled brush (vegetable scrubbing brush)
Gas masks with extra filters
Filtered ventilation system, powered with manually-powered back up
A nuclear shelter that has an entrance designed to reduce fallout exposure.
The thought of nuclear disasters is not something we like to think about. However, in order to be ready for these types of disasters means you have to believe that the possibility of a threat is there. It is possible to survive a nuclear disaster and fallout, but you must be prepared. Having all of your items prepared and in place before the disaster will keep your family or group safe and ready to bunker in more quickly.

Also from Tess Pennington: Prepping on the Cheap: The $5 a Week Shopping Challenge

Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:09 pm
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Reads almost like the supplies I bring to Burning Man.

Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:23 pm

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Thank You! I am about to read the information that you linked. I am looking forward to reading it.

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I noticed alcohol missing.

Booze is a very good barter tool.


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Thanks to user PhillipUpNorth for this link, looks like a really cool device:

South Beloit, Illinois - GMC200 Outside on HEPA air purifier, ground level, facing West.

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I am not really sure if this is the place for this information, but ... ox-cleanse

looks really interesting, and refers to using baking soda, dermally and orally, for radiation exposure.

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