Beginning Prepping : Your Starter Grocery List


Prepping for natural disasters, local emergencies, and power outages can be daunting in the beginning, but taking small steps on a weekly basis can help with your peace of mind and is an important piece of your family’s disaster preparedness plan.

Today, we’re going to tackle a two-week food supply to begin…

When you’re starting your grocery list, it’s important to keep these things in mind:

  • How many people are you going to be preparing meals for?
  • What are their favorite meals (because disasters are NOT the time to start experimenting with what they’ll eat)?
  • Are these foods convenient?
  • Are these foods easy to prepare? (Keep in mind what methods you will have to cook, in the case of an emergency.)
  • Are these foods long-term storage foods?


First and foremost, because you’ve read in almost every one of our blog posts, plan on water. Each person should have 1 gallon of water per day. Plan your storage accordingly. A great investment may also be a reliable water filter.

So what items make a great starter list that you can work from, based on your family’s needs? When you’re looking at a two-week supply, plan on each item here for each person in your family.

  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 2 cans of juice
  • 2 cans of meat
  • 2 cans of soup or stew
  • 3 non-perishable items such as saltine crackers, graham crackers, etc.
  • 1 box of cold cereal
  • One box of quick oats
  • 1 jar of applesauce
  • 2 cans of fruits or vegetables
  • Protein powder
  • “Just-add-water meals” such as Ramen noodles, Hamburger Helper, or other boxed foods
  • Drink mixes such as tea, Tang, or Kool-Aid
  • Can opener (possibly a few of these, if you can stock up at your local dollar store!)
  • Baby supplies (formula / baby food / etc.) if you have a little one in your home
  • Protein/calorie drinks


Additionally, if you have a furry family member, it’s a good idea to stock up on a two-week supply of their preferred dry food also!

BONUS TIP: If you have room in your budget, it’s also great to stock up on items such as these (especially handy if you’re planning on a water storage - you don’t know if you’ll be able to clean things off):

  • Styrofoam / paper plates
  • Paper towels & napkins
  • Plastic silverware
  • Baby wipes
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Plastic cups
  • Toilet paper


Want to keep reading about how to prepare your family for emergencies and disasters? We highly recommend Tess Pennington’s book, The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Through Any Disaster.

If you want to see how Civil Dispatch can help your family, local organization, or business in a disaster, check out our features here.

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