Top 10 Must Have Supplies for an Emergency Every Doomsday Prepper Needs

by Michael

With the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the U.S.A.’s East Coast, officials are predicting widespread, long-lasting electrical outages affecting millions of people. Although this hurricane is an expected event, electrical blackouts can happen at any time with little to no warning as result of earthquakes, storms, floods, solar storms, cyber attack or other catastrophe and in some cases can extend for days, weeks or even longer.

Even if you know an event like a hurricane is coming, you may not be able to properly prepare because you will be competing for supplies with thousands of other people in your area. Necessities are always in short supply leading up to or directly after a disaster. Further compounding problems, extended power outages could also disrupt water and gas supplies because pumps, filtration and sanitation equipment need electricity to operate. With this in mind, the following is a list of items that will help you survive an extended emergency:

Top 10 Essential Doomsday Prepper Supplies for a Short-Term Emergency:

1. Water

Water is the most essential emergency supply but many people make the mistake of underestimating just how much water they need.  Did you know that the average American utilizes just over 69 gallons of water of water indoors per day?  Obviously, in an emergency rationing situation you will be using much less but how much is enough.   FEMA recommends at least 1 gallon per person (don’t forget your pets) per day.  If you want to bath or use the toilet, you’ll need more.

2. Medication

In an emergency, you may not have access to health facilities for an extended period of time so it is vital that you have a month’s supply of medications for serious health conditions.  It’s equally important that medications and medical records are stored properly.

3. Food

Shopping to prepare for a disaster is very similar to shopping for a camping trip.  Be sure to have at least a two-week supply of nonperishable food.  Store your food in a safe and convenient place so that it is easily accessible in an emergency.

4. Heat Source

Having a portable heat supply is important because most modern furnaces depend on electricity to function properly.  Do not assume that your fireplace will remain intact or that your firewood will remain dry.  Even those living in warmer climates should have a propane portable heater.

5. Light

The flashlight app on your smartphone is not going to sustain you for very long when the power goes out which is why everyone should invest in a quality flashlight with an ample supply of batteries.  Long burning candles should also be purchased with waterproof matches.

6. Portable Propane Grill

Propane grills and camping stoves are important to have for cooking food and sterilizing items.  Ultra-small, lightweight camping stoves can be purchased for very affordable prices.

7. First Aid Kit

Chances are that you already have some type of first aid kit in your house but you need to verify that you have the right supplies for an emergency such as:  an assortment of bandages, EpiPen (for allergic reactions), anti-diarrhea medications, antiseptics, antacids, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs, cold pack, latex gloves, scissors, tweezers, thermometer and water proof bag (to store everything in).

8. Radio

Hand cranked emergency radios are a great tool to have to keep informed on the latest news before, during and after an emergency.

9. Power and Propane Supply

Having a solar power charger and an ample supply of batteries is a necessity in an emergency due to our dependence on electronics for everything nowadays.   Be sure to have plenty of propane stocked up to power your heater and stove.

10. Tools

One of the most important tools that you should have on hand is a gas shut-off wrench.  These are especially critical in tornado and earthquake prone areas where gas lines are frequently ruptured.

How prepared are you for an emergency?  It’s important not to be overwhelmed but to start taking small steps to build your emergency supply kit such as buying a few small items with each grocery store trip.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Norman S October 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

My father brought back one of those emergency flashlights from his military experience that allows you to hand crank the electricity to power it. It’s actually pretty useful even in our everyday lives since we never have to worry about batteries.


J Schiller October 31, 2012 at 5:02 am

I never thought about having a propane grill in my emergency items. I always thought the firestarter would be good enough to handle any tasks that require heat. Very impressive list Michael!


erin February 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

walgreens had a small charcoal grill small enough to carry around for 5 dollars this week..u need to buy charcoal separate. Just incase your interested..

dont forget 2 way radios, mace or plywood for people can not get into your home incase riots.. big bags to bug out with! A place to go..perhaps camping gear if needed


Marc November 1, 2012 at 7:08 am

Just wondering how beer didn’t make the top 10


J Bernier December 28, 2012 at 11:19 am



Neil Cook November 1, 2012 at 7:51 am

Our daily lives have become so dependent on electricity operated gadgets that we can not even begin to imagine what life would be like in case of an extended power outage. Excellent suggestions!


Galloway in UK November 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Never thought about prepping till I saw NatGeo programme.
Really made me think – it would only take a few days of snow to put my family at risk……………………………
Huge thanks to Michael for this list.
now to get some propane for the camping stove, matches and …….

My hint – store it upstairs where it less likely to flood !


Rob November 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

It depends on where you live. If you are more susceptible to flooding then yes, store things higher. If you are in tornado areas, you want to store things lower and near inside walls…


doug November 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

The idea of being prepared is OK, but the problems most of these people worry about are bizarre. At this point in history the only problem that could destroy civilization in a given area is a natural disaster. All these other worries are idiotic.


Brian May 7, 2013 at 7:32 am

You think that fuel shortages, causing truck to not be able to transport food to store is your area is idiotic? Keep in mind there is only 3 fuel refineries in north america and one caught fire last year. over a dollar jump in fuel cost overnight at chevron and Texico stations.
What about with the climbing stress over gun control. One poorly worded law could potentially cause a rebellion with gun owners. Some out there are not extremely theasable but some are, just not extremely likely.


Oli November 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm

If doomsday preppers are the only people left than I would rather die than be left behind with this lot.
And if they’re so concerned about their own survival, why don’t they lose some weight?


jake April 4, 2013 at 6:55 am

im a body builder, mma fighter and prepper from Austraila.
Odds are you not in a very good shape.


Brian May 7, 2013 at 7:38 am

I am a prepper, and a United States Marine. Not all preppers are fat. The ones that are diabetic or have extreme heart conditions are welcome to try, even though there chances are slimmer. All my priority is in the event of a disaster is me and my families survival, then start gathering other survivers together, and start a settlement again to try to rebuild a civilization. Chances are things wont get that bad so chances are you just need to avoid violence tell things settle back down then merge back in.


Benjamin December 5, 2012 at 3:39 am

Thank u for your suggestions. Growing up in Houston I have been thru my share of floods and hurricanes. Toilet paper and mesquite repellent is a must. Practical prepping is a must. If u don’t think your neighbors will take everything u have then u are just being naive. Self reliance is the only thing that will get you thru unless you want to stand in a red cross line for hours.


Ernesto December 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

Good thing to have is a first aid kit, gas mask, and solar charger with a radio, phone charger, and lot of water cleaning tablets. Learn tactics to protect your self, go on youtube.


Pitipiti January 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

. An event in the Middle East causes galinose prices to spike, causing some farmers or truckers to have disprupted service, which causes minor delays in food shipment to grocery stores. People seeing a few empty shelves start to wonder if TSHTF, and they buy extra stuff just in case. Other people see this and it causes a massive panic that snowballs out of control and soon spreads like wildfire. The President goes on the air and announces there is no problem, there is nothing to worry about, and that makes the problem a million times bigger. That’s when they announce a curfew, looters being shot on sight, military presence everywhere, and FEMA camps starting to fill up with hungry, desperate people. It’s called a positive feedback system where a tiny blip feeds upon itself and explodes into a major crisis.


Ernesto December 20, 2012 at 9:27 am

Amazon sells all of these prepper necessities.


Cincorn December 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Everybody talks about sources of heat which would be a must for some, but where I live in Texas the temps swelter into the one-hundred and teens for weeks at a time (and it’s also humid) I’m more worried about the loss of air-conditioning. It’s a lot harder to prepare for staying cool than staying warm. And I admit I don’t have any ideas other than a solar generator to run the air-conditioner. During hurricaine Rita we were without power for one week…not a pleasant experience.


Bill_B January 14, 2013 at 7:32 am

Do not forget to get power inverter. It can take your 12v car battery and make 120V to run low power things like cell phone and battery charger, fan etc


Josiah January 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

You spelled Health wrong in the Medical supplies section.
“…serious heath conditions”


Steve G February 1, 2013 at 11:38 am

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Kristina March 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

The world is already at an end just take a good look. So stop stressing too much about bloody prepping and enjoy ur life for as long as u can i see how some of the kids get treated… They are losing there childhood its abuse! Sure these top 10 are essentials and we have them already but dont go spending 24 hours a day all ur money and stealing ur childs childhood for something that may never happen. Total bs.


Robin March 17, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I think that people need to wake up the world is in a mess and everyone has to get it!!!!!!!!You need to join up and rely on each other NO man is an Island Find those around you who can be trusted and stand together.
Everyone who comes into your group HAS to bring some expertize if they do not then do not let them to roost with you!!! 3 rules Water Beans & Amo/weaponsIf you got it THEY WILLCOME….

Reply April 20, 2013 at 1:16 am

It may not be possible to take your pet with you to a temporary evacuation shelter.
Several companies now offer high-deductible pet insurance so that in case of emergency,
you can afford life-saving treatments. In general, you want to make
sure that your earthquake survival kit has enough supplies to last for
three days.


Gabriele April 23, 2013 at 6:33 am

Dynamo radios work form a hand crank generator creating low direct current, low voltage.
Welcome Life or Welcome Death – When one attempts
to visit and benefit from the wilderness, one should also
be well provisioned in his wilderness survival kit.
Make sure you understand the rules and regulations of the
area especially if there are fire restrictions.


gas bbq grills July 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

If you’re going to use it for cooking food for yourself only, then you can choose a small electric model that will be enough for that purpose. NG in the environment is a “greenhouse gas”, but propane is not classified as such. The size of your grill will most likely determine the size of your propane tank.


ATin September 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Think about the meteor strike that is about to happen. And the angel cast down a stone about the size of a great mountain and third of the earth was set ablaze. This is coming, when I don’t know, but it will happen. This and wars and pestilence in the end times are coming soon. Some will be taken up others left behind. Those that are left must fight for survival, but also must get themselves right with God for this will be a second chance.

It is also written that the cost of food will sky rocket (A days wages for a loaf of bread).

Paper money will be worthless so anything you can trade will be the new money. Gold, silver copper and precious stones for one but seeds and medicines will be worth more. Oil, gas and solar power and will be the new gold.

Learn to make your own medicines, aspirin, and penicillin, alcohol too.


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