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A Sample Budget for a Two-Week Stay

This is a sample stock list of the food, water, medical, and miscellaneous supplies needed to support a family of 4 in a bomb shelter for a 2-week stay. Sample prices are based on big-box store prices as of Fall 2014. This list does not include special incidentals that will vary from family to family such as prescription medications, baby care items, special medical needs, etc.

FOOD: This list provides enough for two meals per person / per day and 1 gallon of water per person / per day.

Item/size Quantity Cost
Canned Tuna / 5 oz 28 $21.00
Canned Chicken Breast / 10 oz 14 $38.50
Round snack crackers / 16 oz 2 $5.00
Peanut butter / 40 oz 2 $10.00
Canned fruit / 15 oz 28 $42.00
Canned chili / 14 oz 28 $28.00
Beef jerky / 10 oz 2 $23.00
Canned mixed veggies / 15 oz 28 $28.00
Drinking water / 5 gallons 12 $192.00
Alternative- 55 gallon water storage barrel (fill it yourself) 1 $96.00
Manual can opener 1 $7.00
Paper plates- 140 ct 1 $6.00
Plastic utensils-96 ct 1 $3.00
Paper towels- 8 ct 1 $8.00
    $411.50

 

FIRST AID: You can also compile your first aid kit entirely from scratch, but it may be more cost-effective to purchase a kit with the essentials and add to it as you see fit.

Item Quantity Cost
131-pc First Aid Kit (bandages, alcohol pads, cold packs, antibiotic & burn creams, gauze pads, sterile tape, latex gloves, scissors, tweezers) 1 $10.00
Oral thermometer 1 $5.00
Dust masks- 5 pack 1 $6.00
Potassium Iodide tablets- 14 ct 1 $18.00
Iodine- 8 oz 1 $6.00
Antacid-160 ct 1 $4.00
Anti-diarrheal- 72 ct 1 $5.00
Pain reliever-200 ct 1 $4.00
Laxative-24 ct 1 $4.00
$62.00

 

MISC ITEMS:

Mylar survival blankets 4 $8.00
Heavy duty professional-strength garbage bags-18 ct 1 $10.00
LED flashlights 4 $10.00
AAA batteries, 24 pack 1 $5.00
Emergency radio 1 $35.00
Chemical light sticks- 10 pack 4 $51.00
5 gallon bucket 2 $20.00
Bleach- 1 gallon 1 $3.50
Plastic sheeting- 10’x25’ 1 $14.00
Fire extinguisher 1 $21.00
At least one change of clothing per person 4 $0.00
Basic toiletries including toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, soap, and deodorant. 4 $20.00
Deck of cards 2 $5.00
$202.50

 

PET ITEMS:

Dry dog kibble, 10 lb bag 1 $20.00
Dry cat kibble, 5 lb bag 1 $12.00
Large chewing bones for dog 2 $10.00
Pet bed, large 1 $20.00
Pet bed, small 1 $10.00
Drinking water / 5 gallons 2 $16.00
$88.00

 

TOTAL   $764.50