The list author says: "Don't kid yourself, minor disasters that would interrupt your lifestyle could happen at any time. Water stops running, power goes out, snow storm, etc. I'm not talking about the end of the world, just a short disruption. You don't need to spend a ton of money, you just need some alternatives to the easy life you have when everything is working smoothly. Don't panic, buy slowly and thoughtfully. Prepare of a few days, then build up to a few weeks. Think water first, then food, then you can go buy that AR-15 you want. Here's some suggested items."
"Good eating, filling, good for you. These will keep you going but make sure to get other food items you like such as canned beans, veggies, instant oatmeal, tuna fish, soups, and white rice. Make sure you try everything you will store."
"Think about all the illnesses from those near ground zero on 9/11. You need a dust mask. Add some plastic and duct tape to seal off a room. Yeah, I know, the old FEMA advice, all you need is duct tape and plastic, but it actually might help if there is a biological or chemical problem."
"Actually you could go to Costco and buy this cheaper. Think influenza epidemic. A jug of this by the door will keep the germs at bay, especially if you have no running water. It actually works as deodorant too. Don't try to get a buzz off it, it will kill you."