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    Posted: June 02 2007 at 2:28pm
Found this.  Written by Jake Stafford THere are refernces to a truly excellent website IMHO

The Desperation Shopping List:
The 7 Critical Items That Are Guaranteed to be Stripped From Store
Shelves When You Need Them Most in a Crisis.

1.) Prescription medications. Don't ever let yourself come close to
running out again, because disasters don't wait until you have a fresh
refill (and some disasters may last longer than your meds.) Getting
extra prescriptions is not a problem if you have a sympathetic doctor, or
order wisely on the Internet. You can always visit multiple pharmacies
with these prescription slips (for ordinary prescriptions, not
narcotics, of course.)

But you probably won't be able to get around the typical insurance
company "three month limit" policy. You must resign yourself to paying for
the extra medications entirely out of your own pocket. If you buy
generic brands, in quantity, and from a discount pharmacy (such as Sam's
Club), then for most medications it probably won't cost much more than
your insurance prescription co-payment.

Store them in the back of your refrigerator or another cool, dark

If you want to be ready for the worst, then you need to imagine the
worst. In a real disaster, a pharmacy will be the last place you want to
go. If you do, you will find the sickest, most desperate, and criminal
opportunists congregating. You don't want to go there. And don't
think that your pharmacy has more than a few days supply to meet normal
demand. Your year's supply of blood pressure medicine probably isn't
even on hand today, let alone after all the others in line ahead of you to
get their year's supply.

2.) Over-the-counter medications and vitamins that your family uses
regularly. Stock up at a discount store, or Internet source, preferably
when the medications and vitamins go on sale. Again, store them in the
back of your refrigerator or sealed in a cool basement. Shop for
purity, freshness, and quality. If you aren't sure of what vitamins might
be most essential when you are living off the food supply you purchased
based on *****es' advice, then refer to the course's discussion of this
important topic. If it's a flu epidemic, and you are willing to risk
infection to face the panicked shopping crowds, you can bet that
anything that people think will protect themselves against the flu will be
sold out.

3.) Water Filtration System. When there is ?water, water everywhere,
but not a drop to drink? (because it may be contaminated) a water filter
will keep your family alive. Instead of the faucet attachment units
sold at many stores, *****es recommends getting two filters: A compact
Katadyn filter (the type used by backpackers), and a large, high-volume
British Berkefeld ceramic filter. When power and gas is out, no one will
be able to boil water. The portable filter will allow you to travel
without carrying a large water supply.

4.) Salt. When a salt supply runs out, you'll know why Roman soldiers
were happy to be paid in this precious commodity. Of course, the
lessons in the *****es Gets You Ready course will keep you from living on just
beans and rice three meals a day. If you think beans and rice are
boring now, try them without a grain of salt!

Not only will salt make your meals more palatable, it is crucial both
for preserving food, and for attracting wild game. Unless you live next
to a salt marsh, buy plenty of 1 pound canisters of iodized granulated
table salt. Go to your local feed store and buy several large
livestock white salt blocks. If you have the storage space, buy a dozen or
more. They will be an ideal item for barter and charity.

If you have a water softener, stop paying for salt delivery, and stock
up your own, so you can have hundreds of pounds on hand at any time,
more than you would ever need. (And anyone can go to the Home Depot and
buy rock salt for pennies a pound.)

5.) Storage foods that yield complete proteins. You think people are
ignorant of how to eat healthy? Think again. Watch for those sacks of
beans and rice to be piled on the carts when disaster approaches. You
don't need a master's degree to know about this basic nutritional

Animal proteins (meat, poultry, fish, milk, cheese, and eggs) are
classified as complete proteins. They contain sufficient amino acids for
nutrition. However, vegetable proteins (grains, vegetables, beans, nuts,
and seeds) by themselves are incomplete proteins.

If all that you had to eat was just rice or wheat, you would starve to
death, regardless of how much you ate. Vegetable proteins either do not
have enough of, or completely lack, one or more crucial amino acids.
But you can combine foods (as shown in the lists below) and then the food
will yield a complete protein. Beans and rice are a classic example.
Separately, they have incomplete proteins, but when eaten together, you
have a complete protein. No wonder that burritos are so popular in

Combine Grains and Nuts/Seeds:
Rice cakes and peanut butter
Breadsticks rolled with sesame seeds
Whole wheat bun with sesame seeds

Combine Grains and Legumes:
Rice and beans
Peanut butter on whole wheat bread
Bean soup and a roll
Salad with chickpeas and cornbread
Vegetarian chili with bread

Combine Legumes and Nuts/Seeds:
Humus (chickpeas and sesame paste)
Trail mix (peanuts and sunflower seeds)

6.) Batteries (Alkaline, NiMH, and chargers). Inventory all of your
home electronics that need batteries. Make a list of the number and types
of batteries that they use. Buy three times as many rechargeable
batteries for each of these devices (one set for in the device, one set for
in the charger, and one spare set). You may spend more on the
batteries than the devices, but we are talking about batteries only for
essential items like radios and flashlights. (That does not mean that you
can't save money by using spare rechargeables in your remote controls and
other non-essentials.)

Buy the Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) variety. NiMH batteries can
be recharged dozens of times. (Buy an even larger quantity than the
?triple? rule for your flashlights, because you might have to depend on
flashlights much more than usual in a disaster.)

When you consider the cost and preciousness of batteries, you will
suddenly realize that your selection of flashlights is awfully important.
The runtime of a well-selected LED flashlight with variable dimming can
do a lot to conserve batteries, because you rarely need the full

You will want to buy at least two battery chargers: 1) A 117 VAC
(household current) "smart charger", and 2) A 12 Volt DC battery charger.
These chargers are available from Radio Shack and RV accessory vendors
such as Camping World.

7.) Hand sanitizer. Buy it in quantity. It will invaluable in the
event of an influenza pandemic. Not just for when you are worried about
surfaces out in the infectious world. Think how helpful it would be to
keep a dispenser at your door, so that everyone cleans up before coming
into the house. If you don't have any on hand, you won't even be able
to take this simple precaution. And if you just have a little on hand
for infrequent use, it will run out fast.

I found I had all these covered already.
For NiMH get the Sanyo Eneloop as they do not self discarge as fast as other brands

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