Prepare Now – Grocery List


Disaster Grocery List for a typical family of 4 for 2 weeks

Adjust this for more people or longer time periods.

Traditional advice was to lay in enough food and water to last three days. Since the devastating hurricanes of the past few years, that advice has been revised upward to at least two weeks or up to three months if you really want to be covered in the event there is an avian flu epidemic. To prevent spoilage, rotate the supplies in with the food you are eating every six months, and then restock. Below is a sample grocery list for a typical family of four. Adjust quantities up or down according to the head count of your family. As for water technically you’re supposed to figure on a gallon per person per day if you’re limited on storage space just buy as much as you have room for, but then count on having to run out for more later.

  • 16 cans tuna, salmon, and/or sardines
  • 12 cans chicken
  • 4 cans chili
  • 4 cans baked beans
  • 4 cans other beans
  • 12 cans soups and stews
  • 16 cans fruit
  • 6 boxes pasta
  • 12 jars pasta sauce
  • 1 large bag rice
  • 1 jar pickles
  • 1 16-oz bottle cooking oil
  • 3cartons granola, breakfast or power bars
  • 2 bags dried fruit
  • 2 40-oz jars peanut butter
  • 2 jars jelly
  • 4 boxes crackers
  • 3 gallons powdered milk
  • 1 can coffee
  • 2 boxes oatmeal
  • 6 boxes dried cereal
  • 2 boxes pancake mix
  • 8 boxes oatmeal
  • 7 boxes garbage bags
  • 2 cans dried nuts
  • 1 package each paper plates, bowls, cups, utensils
  • 12 rolls toilet paper
  • 2 bottles hand sanitizer
  • Tube toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, large bottle shampoo
  • 1 large bag dried pet food and cat litter (for families with pets)
  • Matches
  • Whistle
  • Bible
  • Playing cards, board games

Other Recommendations-

Here are some recommended ways to store water: 15, 30 or 55-gallon barrels are convenient. 16 drops of regular bleach per gallon will purify. Large plastic containers that fit on a water cooler work well, too. If you buy water, get water in clear plastic bottles. Cloudy plastic breaks down over time and will leak. Figure a bare minimum of 1 gallon of clean water per person per day. (Your hot water heater can serve for 30 gallons.) If electricity becomes intermittent, have a crank up flashlight per person. Also a battery powered or crank up radio. An alternate way to cook is on your barbeque or a camping stove. (Always use these outdoors, never in your house or garage. The carbon monoxide will kill you) You might want to include a full box of kitchen size garbage bags that can line the (empty) toilet and use with camping porta pottie chemicals in case the sewer no longer works. Keep $100 per person in small bills or change for each family member, as ATMs will go down first. Cell phones may or may not work. Use text messages to alert loved ones as they often go through when networks are clogged. Have an alternate way to power cell phones.

These are just some thoughts I put together quickly. I can discuss other ideas with you and have access to many products you can purchase from me. Just like Noah, we hear from God in faith, not fear, and we build an ark to keep our family safe.

  One Response to “Prepare Now – Grocery List”

  1. Excellent prepping grocery list you have here. Another relatively cheap, high calorie idea is to stock up on peanut butter.

    I especially agree with what you had mentioned under other recommendations about keeping $100 per person in small bills at home. No doubt during an emergency banks and ATM’s will be emptied out. Thanks for sharing!

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