Water is definitely going to be your priority and as for food, you’ll want things that keep and feed, basically they must have a long shelf life and feed the masses.
In your most basic emergency the CEMA and FEMA recommend 3 days’ worth of supplies in order to give them a chance to set-up and catch-up.
WATER – 1 gallon/day/person, (don’t forget your pets) – we also recommend a basic water sanitizer like the LifeStraw. At $30 a straw or $105 for a family set-up, this thing is amazing. It can clean 99.9% of contaminants for 1,000 liters of water. Let me write that again, 1,000 Liters of water. Just freaking amazing!
CAN OPENER – for, you guessed it, your 3 days worth of canned meats, vegetables and Fruit. This is going to be my personal attempt at going vegetarian, but again that’s a personal choice.
CRACKERS – unsalted – this is no time to up your hankering for a drink.
NON-PERISHABLE PASTEURIZED MILK
INSTANT COFFEE – this is not recommended by any expert, but I recommend it for sanity’s sake.
HIGH ENERGY FOODS/BARS
FOODS FOR INFANTS – in my experience having that extra can of powdered formula stored will NEVER GO WASTED
RADIO – hand crank or battery powered with spare batteries and solar panel option. Bonus feature: most come with flashlights too.
FLASHLIGHT – extra batteries (see above)
FAK – first aid kit
DUST MASK, PLASTIC SHEET & TAPE – pretend you’re painting, but buy duct tape instead.
BABY WIPES, GARBAGE BAGS – for personal sanitation (poor us)
WRENCH/PLIERS – to turn off utilities
DECK OF CARDS – you will be the life of the party