The list author says: "I have seen many survival lists that appear incomplete and self serving. I have picked each item for quality, price, alternative uses, and long term storage. I have three children and I do not want to find myself scrambling to find water, food, and shelter should disaster strike. I would purchase items over time and try to modify the items for your specific needs."
"Even if you live on a farm today you will need a variety of seeds to grow a variety of different sources of protein. What are you going to do when the neighbor next door shoots the last deer you have seen in 6 months. Also consider buying beans that are packaged for long term storage."
"This is a compact reference source for medical information. You can save money by purchasing older editions. I would especially look at the directions on making oral rehydration solution to keep people with diarrhea from dying of dehydration."
"Freeplay makes durable self contained lighting products. Wind up source of light for when the power goes out. Great manufacture durable product. I have one freeplay light that is used each year and is 15 years old. It was made before the LED lights of today and it still works. If it is not LED then get spare bulbs."
"This is a hand crank two way radio. The ability to comunicate over a distance without ready access to power is a wonderful thing in a disaster. If you are like me the batteries in your radio or flashlight are always dead when you need them the most.
Discuss with your family a channel that you would use in an emergency."
"A ceramic filter can be cleaned and used again for a longer life. Purchase the filter sized for your needs. To be safe I would get a filter that would allow you to easily filter 1 gallon for each person per day in a reasonable time. If you spend half of your day filtering water when are you going to work on food, shelter, and security."
"Iodine supplement may prevent your body from absorbing and storing radioactive iodine in your thyroid. Relatively cheep and easy to store. Something to keep around the house in case of a worst case senario. (i.e. dirty bomb, or nuclear accident)"
"Salt is cheep, stores well, and will be in demand especially if you live far from the ocean. The iodine in table salt is just enough to prevent goiter, but not enough to protect the thyroid from a radioactive event."
"Power tools will no longer work. I would have a manual drill, some drill bits, a box of 100 2" screws, a hand saw, hammer, nails, plywood, an axe, and a sledge. I store 2'X4, and 3/4 inch plywood for repairs. Store the wood out of the way in the attic between the rafters. I keep the plywood on wire shelves and store supplies on top."
"Easily stored indoors, burns in fireplace longer than wood, useful when the power is out during the winter and you need a source of heat. Especially when your woodpile outside is running low or is wet from rain."
"Large light weight sealable cooking pot. Store supplies in cooker until needed. Can be used to cook over an open fire. Large enough and sturdy enough to last. It is not water proof because of a small steam vent on the top. You might also want a smaller cooking pot, and a grill for an open fire."