Me and some friends were having a discussion about disaster preparness. Given that many in the hurricane were of minimal means, put together a survival kit that they can hopefully afford. The scenario: Kit must last for at least 30 days, in a New Orleans style scenario. IE: No Power, no clean non-bottled water, no food stores open, etc. My thoughts: $200: SKS, 870, something cheap but reliable. Out of a pawnshop, used, is acceptable. Minute of arc accuracy is not required. Reliability and ammo availability is. Price includes fair bit of ammunition, some of which is to be used for training. One friend suggested a bolt action for reliability and ease of use. Personally, I think the faster followup shots(without extensive training) is a better choice, even if there is a little more to potentially foul up. I know they're almost cliche guns, but there's reasons that they're cliche. $140-200: 2 Burner Camp stove($60-100): If propane, I'd prefer ones that can take a large grill style tank. On the Cheap: Garage sale. I'd love to find an old white gas one. Stay home: at least two large tanks. (~$40 each?). Bugging out? A couple small ones should work fine. If they already have a grill, it'll work, but not be as portable if they have to bug out. If you find a white gas one, a couple jerry cans of white gas/unleaded. Besides cooking, it can provide heat if necessary. $240: Food for One, 30 days. Consists of traditional shelf stable foods such as beef stew(in a can), corned beef hash(in a can), soup(in a can). You could try Ramen noodles, but their packages is very suseptible to vermin chewing through. I figure on a $2 breakfast, $3 lunch & dinner, for $8 a day. Start adding in more people? More variety, less prepared food. IE shelf stable milk & cereal, canned fruits & veggies(canned peaches can be a morale booster). Cooking give people something to do. $160: Water filter(&extra filters), treatment system, some gallon jugs. If staying in location, a big funnel to put on roof to catch rainwater. Heck, intercept the gutter from the roof. It'll still be better than what's on the ground. Just discard the first couple gallons, keep the gutters clean. Total: $800, +240 per additional person(until you reach 4+ people) Niceties: Camp Kitchen kit(costs can vary wildly), Solar shower($10), Lantern($50, and lay in more fuel), Portable Toilet($30), Tarps($30, milsurp?) . Here's an interesting idea: WonderWash portable laundry machine $30 Breathing Mobile Washer $15 Otherwise, I imagine that a bucket and a stick would do in a pinch. Am I forgetting anything? Anything I can do cheaper?