posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 04:31 PM
You can stockpile rice, tinned fruit & tinned beans, a little at a time. Or perhaps some "instant" just add water meals. It's no big deal &
doesn't cost much. If you get low on food for a week (even with no SHTF situation) you can just prepare something quick from the stockpile & re-fill
As for water, get a big plastic barrel/bucket (with a lid would be good) & fill it from the tap. The barrel doesn't even need a tap of its own, just
dip your cup in. Cheap, simple.
Throw a few blankets in a pile, you never know, it might just get neccessary to rug-up warmer.
Camping gear is good, you can use it for fun weekends of family bonding/R&R (or an outdoor concert or two) and then it could also be a lifesaver if
TSHTF. Don't assume that expensive is better. Buy for robustness & function.
Throw in a basic first aid kit. Depending on your medical skill, you could enhance this to whatever limit you feel is appropriate. Again, this is
helpful even if there is no major emergency. Cheap is good! A tip for dealing with wounds (even quite large ones) is to use food plastic wrap (Saran
Wrap for you Americans) as a dressing. It seals the wound & allows visual inspection without compromising the seal!
Your "survival supplies" need to be in a location that won't get blocked if buildings get demolished. A lockable garden shed is probably better
than in your house. But if you don't have this facility, use your house. Hide an emergency key somewhere in a location that will be identifiable even
if there is a fire/flood/earthquake/tornado/eruption/heavy snow or whatever.
You can save up for a radio, torch, multi-tool, duck-tape, cable ties, wire (or even old coathangers) and add them later.