Backups to backups and redundancy planning go hand in hand with emergency preparedness right? So, why shouldn’t you have backups to backups for your SHTF shopping location(s) if the primary is a no go?
After TSHTF, there could be various reasons why trying to get last minute supplies at a grocery/retail store could be very dangerous. With that thought, today’s post is on SHTF shopping at the pet store.
The good things are that pet stores might not be on the top of people’s list for supplies when TSHTF. If you really delve deep and scan all of the isles, you can actually find many potentially useful items for emergency preparedness. With all of that said, let’s take a look at what I found in a local big name pet store.
Here is a list of pet store items I thought could be useful:
Activated carbon – This stuff was found in the aquarium section and could be used for making layered improvised water filters.
Fish antibiotic – (tetracycline hydrochloride 500 milligram powder capsules) – For keeping your fish healthy after the SHTF.
Hand sanitizer – For the obvious reason of sanitizing hands and as a fire-starting aid.
Pet food – For your dogs and cats after the SHTF. Pet food could also be used as bait for game and fish. I’ve heard that cat and dog food can be eaten by humans in the short term in an emergency situation.
Stainless steel pet food/water bowls – This would be on the top of my SHTF pet store shopping list if I had no other method of boiling water.
Leashes/straps/chains – Could be used to secure gear or for cordage/lashing.
Pet stroller – I didn’t know such things existed, but they do. This could be used as an improvised SHTF hand cart for gear.
Hemostat – There could be a variety of potential uses for this in emergency preparedness.
Syringes – Like the hemostat, there could be a number of things this could be used for.
Droppers – After the SHTF, you might have to resort to using your stock of unscented bleach to treat water. It would be nice to have a dropper to do that with. Here is a post I did on different methods of treating water: Water: Options For Treating
Scissors – There could be multiple uses for scissors.
Self-stick wrap – If you’ve ever had blood drawn, you’ve probably had it wrapped with self-stick wrap afterwards.
Water proof food containers with a gamma style lid – This could be used as a dry box.
Hypoallergenic pet wipes – These are basically the pet version of baby wipes.
Dog beds – These could be used for insulation and warmth.
Linked from: http://allpreparedness.com/shtf-shopping-pet-store/