They say you should always save for a rainy day or a nuclear apocalypse. So it should come as no surprise that world governments are stockpiling on a bunch of items like fresh water and food. But these 7 items may mean the difference between life or death.
During WWII, Japan took control of Burma, Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, thereby cutting 90 percent of the natural rubber supply shipment to Western countries. Rubber was essential for military clothing, aircrafts and tanks. Without them, losing the war was imminent. That's why President Roosevelt created the Rubber Reserve Company in 1940 to create synthetic rubber in case of a shortage.
Blimps, which require helium, were used as a form of air defense back in the day. So the U.S. government created the Federal Helium Reserve near Amarillo, TX in 1921 to store as much helium as possible just in case. Besides, helium also makes a perfect coolant and can be used in scientific research and construction of technology like computer chips.