Since I live in Rhode Island, we had some significant flooding in the area (I'm fine thank God). Anyway, we did lose power for a few hours which showed some serious holes in my disaster recovery plan (non existant). As far as primal goes, we have little food that can last without being kept cold and uncooked and have no backup water supply if the city water was contaminated.
I need to put together some basic supplies and just leave them in the garage. I'm thinking:
Canned meat (chicken, tuna, salamon)
Canned fruit and veggies
Jugs of water
Battery powered radio
Manual can opener
(already have a backup propane tank for the grill)
First aid kit
Can anyone think of any other food options or anything else I may have missed.
Off the top...that looks good to me!
Don't forget batteries. :)
Pemmican might be a good addition. It seems easy to make and doesn't go bad. Stock up a few pound per person and it should supplement your stuff for a good long while.
Bleach might be a good addition too. As a general disinfectant if you need it, and as a water purifier (a few drops per gallon).
Camp matches, duct tape, parachute cord, chem lights (glow sticks) (why? I don't know, but you will when you need them)
I'd get at least one manually operated flashlight (the kind you shake for light)
A halfway decent pocket knife (if only for getting into those canned goods if the can opener goes for a walk)
Really warm blankets.
And put together a pop-up reminder in Outlook or whaterver you use for scheduling to remind yourself to check it at least once a year. (I do mine twice a year when I check the fire alarms). Canned goods can go bad (very bad), medical supplies can expire, batteries can die, and flashlights can grow legs and start walk off.
(I'm not paranoid, I'm well prepared :D )
Barbecue supplies for outdoor cooking. Maybe a solar oven too. Fill unused freezer space with jugs full of water, so that things stay frozen longer when the power goes out. Remember to use/rotate your food supplies so that they remain fresh. Add canned chicken and sardines to your list of canned foods. Powdered protein (hey, we're talkin' emergency, right?). Hurricane lamps for indoor use, plus lamp oil. I see you have flashliights on the list, but there are flashlights that plug into a wall socket to keep charged until needed. Might consider getting one for every room in the house. Keep an emergency kit in your car, because you never know when/where you're going to need it.
Clockwork radio / flashlights solve battery problems.
A couple of good knives - normal or folding. If you're near trees, maybe a small saw / axe to get firewood.
Sachets of electrolytes for your first aid kit?
Some kind of flare, beacon, or distress signal...??
Tent, tarpaulin, or other big waterproof thing.
Depends how much space you have and what kind of emergency you're most likely to get?
Laminated list of contact phone numbers, important medical notes perhaps?
Here's a [URL="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/prepare/supply_kit.shtml"]hurricane survival kit[/URL] list.
Food option: Pemmican.
tough to beat a cast iron dutch oven in a pinch
Heavy gloves for moving clearing debris.
I have the flashlight and radio that you hand crank (no batteries needed)
@jermicide (like the idea of the cast iron dutch oven)
Otherwise, it looks like you are on the right road
I check supplies twice a year and route out if needed.