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After a meeting today, several of us were sitting around discussing our future. Although I won’t go into the politics that were involved, one portion of the conversation made me question where the Country Boy and I stand on a survival scale.   Hand-in-hand with that, I recently read a list of the 100 Items to Disappear First. Although we by no means have a stock pile of all 100 items on the list, we do have a few of them.

The conversation in question was the series of Solar Flares that we’ve been having lately. Although most of them have been on the C to M level, one was actually up to X. (C being the weakest, M a moderate level and X being the worst). If we get several of those X-rated flares (sorry for the bad pun here), it could mean the loss of our electrical grid. Whether it is a solar flare, an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) or any other form of catastrophe, the question remains – ‘For how long can you continue to care for your family?’

Here at the Farm Wife, I have always been an advocate of doing as much as necessary with as little as possible. I encourage people to not just grow their own herbs, vegetables and fruits, but to do so using heirloom seeds, which can be saved and replanted, true to source. I also advocate for raising food animals where possible, beginning with chickens, which are a great source of meat and eggs – both high in protein. I also encourage canning and preserving food as well as handcrafts such as knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving and spinning, which can supply you with clothing. But what about all those items that we cannot produce ourselves?

I have made my own list of items that I feel could be justified here on the farm. Some are projects, some are supplies, but all of them may become necessary. Even without a catastrophe, these are everyday things that could be useful. This is just a partial list, but well worth consideration.

1) Change the well from electric to hand operated, or at least make it useable both ways.

2) Solar power for the outdoor kitchen – enough to operate a refrigerator and freezer, at the very least.

3) Stock up on flats, lids and canning jars of all sizes.

4) Medication and medical supplies-both human and animal – where needed (with a consideration of expiration dates).

5) Gasoline – this can be stored in 55 gallon drums with a stabilizer added

6) Rain barrels & activated charcoal for purifying water.

7) Washboard, clothespins

8) Matches, oil lamps, replacement wicks and lamp oil, lighters

9) Chains, locks, tarps, tents

10) Food staples – flour, salt, baking powder & soda, corn meal, spices, sugars (brown, white, honey), vinegar, vegetable oil & shortening, dried beans

11) Personal hygiene – soap (or soap making supplies), deodorant, toothpaste, feminine products, etc.

The list could very easily continue, as there seems to be no end to all the things we use and take for granted. But the idea of having some of these items available, to me, is just smart. We do keep a larger than normal inventory of some of these items, and as we use them, we replace and put in the back in order to rotate and keep much of it from going out of date. And there are somethings that can pull double duty – baking soda can be used as a cooking ingredient and toothpaste, and feminine pads can be used for their intended use as well as wound dressing. Still, there are a lot of ways we can improve, and we plan on making some of the improvements this year.

In the event of a catastrophe, just what would you consider your most important necessities (other than food and water – both of those are givens). How many of you are already actively working towards a ‘survival’ set up, and how many of you think it will never become a necessity? How many of you have a first aid kit that contains more than bandages, gauze and tape? This is something I’ve been curious about for a while, and would really love to know what you think. If possible, tell me at least three things you feel would be absolutely necessary for your family to survive. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Note:  I originally downloaded the list from a Facebook post, but the website that was shared was http://survivalcache.com/top-100-items-to-dissappear-first/ , just in case you want to read their entire list.