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5 items that disappear quickly in an economic collapse, natural disaster

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Let’s face it. The United States today isn’t on stable footing: the national debt is astronomical, the U.S. dollar has last 97 percent of its value in the past century, close to one-third of the U.S. is not participating in the workforce and the political system is more divided today than at any other point in U.S. history.

Something is bound to happen in the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. There are many so-called doomsday scenarios that could transpire in our lifetime that could dramatically alter the landscape of the country, such as a collapse of the U.S. economy, a natural disaster, a man-made catastrophe.

Of course, when something traumatic occurs it leads to panic in households, chaos on the streets and looting of retailers. Instead of preparing well in advance, households will scramble at the last minute and attempt to obtain as much water, toiletries and non-perishable items as they can. This isn’t always possible as what was seen in last year’s devastating Hurricane Sandy, where people had to wait in long lines just get some gas.

Those who are prepared for anything coming their way are described by the mainstream media and even those who are unprepared as eccentric, neurotic and paranoid. The question that must be asked, though, is: when danger strikes do you want to be ready or take your chances and not have anything in your home?

It is imperative that homes establish some sort of emergency/survival kit. This can be completed by purchasing an emergency kit in stores, perusing a survival blog or building your own (water, batteries, flash lights, candles, radio, etc.).

With that being said, here are five items that usually disappear rather quickly in a disaster.


At times like these, water can be more precious than any other good or service, commodity or resource. Water is always the very first item to vanish because no matter how much it costs, people will acquire a bottle or a large jug, whatever the price-tag.


In order to fuel up their cars, they need the gasoline. However, the gas stations usually limit each customer to a certain amount and they must use red containers.

Canned goods

It is difficult to refrain from eating canned goods in your home, especially at the end of the week before it’s time to shop for groceries. This is why people do not store enough canned goods in their kitchens. Whether it’s stews, vegetables or meats, consumers will grab whatever can they see.

Candles, flashlights and matches

No candles, no flashlights and no matches can make it difficult to live in your home when there is no electricity. These are essential items in order to see inside the home or to cook a meal for your family.


Here’s a fact: there isn’t too many households that own a battery-operated radio for emergencies. With smartphones and stereo systems, we don’t really need these radios. However, these radios are usually gone during a collapse because they are important to gather the latest news and emergency broadcasts.



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