PREP What to expect shortages on during Lockdown 2021

Slydersan

Senior Member
For those that do not know, this is a military P-38 can opener. There is one that is slightly larger that is a P-51.
They are very cheap, and can be stashed in almost any size kit.
Years ago I bought a bag of 100 of those bigger P-51s. I then taped one to the top of every other big Mountain House-type can I owned (to the metal, but under the plastic lid). That way in an emergency, I'd never be looking for a way to open them.
 

Dafodil

Veteran Member
I actually haven't heard of that many. A few yes, but from families that already had kids. But "extra" kids? No. Unless you are talking about the hollyweird crowd where they are having kids now with the expectation of going back to work and needing to have their figure back.
Our local hospitals are packed with babies! I know of several girls who are due soon! Just a heads-up
 

Dafodil

Veteran Member
We are and have had the healthiest year in our lives.
Unvaccinated, still distancing, still sanitizing. As old folks it is an easy choice.
I was verbally accosted at Costco for mask wearing.
I told the senior citizen I just got back from Texas and my brother knew the monkey pox patient.
The senior citizen scurried away.
I like the masks in that I can mutter and and frown and no one is the wiser.
Plus I don’t have to pluck my old lady chin hairs.
And yes, we wear out masks correctly.
Ha-! Love mine too! No double chins-only eye makeup and go!
 

Kathy in FL

TB Fanatic
Our local hospitals are packed with babies! I know of several girls who are due soon! Just a heads-up

I'm going to be sarcastic here Daf but it isn't anything against you or anyone else for that matter. Just wanted to get that out of the way. LOL

I'm wondering if the fact that Florida has been open a significantly long time is affecting whether I see so many preggers compared to other states that did see a significantly long lockdown. Even our lower income tenants don't really have the baby factory thing going on.

Just kinda crazy, tinfoil thinking here. I mean I can see someone saying, "Well we've got an extended stay home order so I'll take advantage of it because when things open back up I'm going to have to make up for lost time."
 

sjhenderson

Contributing Member
Shortage I have found, certain shampoo, deodorant, pretty much all house breakers, have gone to three Counties to get one we needed and spares, lawn mowers, tractors (farm) also mid size.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
I had a very non-prepper person tell me to stock up because new lockdowns are coming. If she's buying extra I'd guess a lot of people are.
When I was at Sam's Club yesterday people had packed carts, lots of bottled water, and lots of canned goods to the point that the employees were putting the palettes in the middle of the aisle. Not sure what's up, what news story people heard, etc., but people are clearly stocking up.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
PLEASE if your putting a can opener in your car, use a real one, they fed us out of cans usually 6 days a week, these little things are a pain, ( they do work great tho) take a lot of effort and a older person with bad fingers wont be able to use it,

if you dont tave a can opener, rub the crimped end of the can on kind of smooth concrete, like a parking lot stop, back and forth will wear off the crimp. but watch carefully you dont dump the contents on the ground.
I remember how to open a can with a butcher knife. But I do have several manual can openers, have always used that kind and have never had an electric can opener.

As for mask wearing, if I feel like i I'll wear one, but generally I don't. That is except for at the VA, you have to wear one there.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

SouthernBreeze

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Very sound advise.
We've taken my own advice. We have never felt it a good idea to have all of our eggs in one basket. We diversify our funds. I have a nice cash emergency fund set aside as one of those baskets. Right now, I'm using some of those funds to stock up even more while things are available, and the prices are reasonable. It might not be an emergency for us right now, but what about in a few months?
 

Henry Bowman

Veteran Member
We've taken my own advice. We have never felt it a good idea to have all of our eggs in one basket. We diversify our funds. I have a nice cash emergency fund set aside as one of those baskets. Right now, I'm using some of those funds to stock up even more while things are available, and the prices are reasonable. It might not be an emergency for us right now, but what about in a few months?
Yup, exactly right.

I tend to do things in thirds...like storage of things.

1/3 in one place 1/3 in another and 1/3 in another. One gets wiped out/taken / confiscated you still have 2/3.
 

bluelady

Veteran Member
I'm worried about COOL AIR! It doesn't really cool off here until the end of October! We do have a couple of those battery operated Blaux coolers we could use in 1 room in our basement! Have plenty of batteries too!
Me, too!! I'm from the San Francisco area; dh calls me his "fog baby"...LOL! But where we live now it's been 90's/100's for weeks. I've been fine with our A/C as long as I stay home. :) We do have battery fans, reflectex and thermal curtains for windows, hand fans, spray bottles, trees around the house, lots of water. When it's cold you can always add layers or burn something; the fixes aren't so easy for heat!
 

anna43

Veteran Member
Using extra cash for supplies is good, but having extra cash on hand is also a good idea. I've seen the suggestion of having enough cash to pay for six months expenses, but I personally would not be comfortable with that amount of cash. Definitely want enough for a month though.

I think the reason people are so uneasy about the future and stepping up prepping has a lot to do with a senile president, questionable vice president, insane morally bankrupt speaker of the house, corrupt politicians throughout government, BLM, exploding national debt, increased crime, police leaving their jobs by the hundreds (if not thousands), invasion from the south etc. In other words this country is in out of control chaos, a powder keg waiting for someone to light the match.
 

SouthernBreeze

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Yup, exactly right.

I tend to do things in thirds...like storage of things.

1/3 in one place 1/3 in another and 1/3 in another. One gets wiped out/taken / confiscated you still have 2/3.
We have 5 different baskets. We're not dependent on just one. Like you said, if one gets taken we still have 4 left. Plus, a 2 yr. food storage plan.
 
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Meemur

Voice on the Prairie
School supplies.
Target nearly wiped out, and School doesn't start here until Sept 1.
And the Dollar Tree. And even Staples!

I'm going to go out in a bit and see if I can put my shopping skills to work on behalf of several neighborhood families.
I've never seen such a severe shortage of school supplies this early.
Tip: Menard's carries school supplies, something that not everyone knows. Ace Hardware has some, too.

Disclaimer and rant: the local teachers want too much! I have made some edits in the lists, which the parents agree with.
The list for the local school is almost a page long, with things like two boxes of tissues . . . not going to happen!

In my day, it was two blue or black ink pens, two #2 pencils, a pack of wide ruled notebook paper, a 3-ring binder, a ruler, and in the upper grades, a protractor and compass for geometry lessons.
 
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duchess47

Veteran Member
Some things that have already been touched on, some odd things I've run into the past week.
Tractor supply - horse feed, dog feed, chicken feed
Chewy and Amazon - Denamarin (med for my dog's liver problems, out of stock
Express Scripts - Fexofenadine HCL (generic for Allegra allergy meds - out of stock
Some things with huge price increases and short supply at Save Mart
Corned Beef Hash, price jump from $2.89 to $3.49 with only a couple of cans on the shelf
Bacon, up to $18.75 per pound
Girl at the butcher counter warned a couple of weeks that pork products would get scarce and price would jump significantly due to pork suppliers purchased by China and they are stopping the import of processed products back to the US.
 

Nowski

Veteran Member
That is not far away
It will get here, guaranteed. It will be brought here on purpose.

What pork that will be left, will be going to the Chicoms.

I do not eat much pork these days, mostly just pork skins,
however I do like me some good bacon, and of course chitlins,
and hog jowl on special occasions.

Please be safe everyone. Once the pigs are gone, its over.

Regards to all.

Nowski
 

anna43

Veteran Member
Most of the swine producers are ultra careful about disease. They seldom let anyone into their production facilities and require boot/shoe dips to prevent anything being carried in. Same is true for turkey or chicken facilities. This is their income so they are extremely diligent about caring for their animals. One man that hauls liquid eggs cannot even go onto a property where there are chickens even when he's off work.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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Most of the swine producers are ultra careful about disease. They seldom let anyone into their production facilities and require boot/shoe dips to prevent anything being carried in. Same is true for turkey or chicken facilities. This is their income so they are extremely diligent about caring for their animals. One man that hauls liquid eggs cannot even go onto a property where there are chickens even when he's off work.
True, as far as the big commercial operators go. But there are many thousand smaller producers who raise a few dozen or few hundred pigs along with other small farming ventures, and they aren't nearly as careful. Plus, many try to cut costs by feeding waste human food to them... while I think its technically illegal to feed waste meat to hogs, most aren't concerned about "the rules".

If ASF gets into this country, it will be a disaster.

Summerthyme
 

babysteps

Veteran Member
School supplies.

Target nearly wiped out, and School doesn't start here until Sept 1.
You know, I'm hearing that LOTS more families are opting for homeschooling this year, with mask mandates coming back into place and now a rumor that Oregon's governor will mandate kids to be vaccinated to be allowed back. I wonder if the shortage is from all the "we're going to homeschool this year but we haven't a clue what we're doing or what we need" crowd?

If so, that could be a good sign, potentially. More kids being homeschooled means the potential for more adults who think for themselves.
 
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