The citizens of Red Sox Nation went into an aquatic panic this weekend after a massive rupture in the pipe that shuttles water to more than 2 million people in Boston and its dense inner-ring suburbs. By Saturday afternoon the state water-resources agency asked people in 30 communities, including Boston, to quit drinking water out of the tap. Governor Deval Patrick declared an official state of emergency, but soon people were flooding into stores to buy whatever backup bottled-water supplies they could find. Cops were checking IDs at water-distribution centers in places like Belmont to make sure people from, say, Newton, weren't trying to steal Belmont's free water.
Here's a list of some disaster preparedness gear I put together. Obviously, you should add some bottled water and canned food to the list.