Just so you know how important this situation is -- there was yet another Zombie attack [LINK].
Without further ado, here is the short list of supplies you will need for the impending Zombie Apocolypse:
Water- You absolutely, positively will die without water. The human body consists of about 70% water and you cant survive without it. Depending on where you are, your planning may differ from others.
For example someone living on a farm with well water is in a much better position than say someone living in the city of Charleston or Huntington. The well water is a fairly consistent source, while city water may not last very long. As the human race is infected, basic utilities will shut down since Zombies are not known for their maintenance skills. At the first sign of trouble fill every bath tub, sink, big bowl, bucket, etc. with water. You dont know when or where you will get more. You might also consider buying cases or gallons of bottled water. While the water we were given in Kuwait did have an expiration date, our water in the US doesn't have this problem.
One other thing I would recommend is some sort of rain barrel or rain collection system. You can always boil the water, or purify the water using some sort of purification kit like this one HERE. These tablets are cheap and can save your life.
Food- Admittedly, you can go quite a bit longer without food than you can water. You should take into account the size of your family and I dont mean if your momma is so large she has to ride the scooter around Walmart. If she's that big, just roll her outside at the first sign of Zombies -- she'll keep them busy while you plan your escape. No, I'm talking about numbers.
Your food supply will need to be larger for a family of 4 than if your a lone wolf. As I alluded to before, we are going to lose all utilities -- so anything frozen will just quickly go to waste. Your best bet is to stock up on canned foods or things such as bread, peanut butter, and jelly. (Note: we did a study and a person can live off peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without any consequence. Subject PBJ is still alive and kicking after 10 years and quite healthy, too). If you are able to grow your own food then do so. Grow enough to can and, if necessary, you can trade your canned food for other supplies. Hopefully, there will be other survivors nearby. A barter system will be the means by which we buy and sell - money will be a thing of the past.
Shelter- You can't live on the run forever. If you are homeless, you might as well read up on how to be the best Zombie you can be - this series of articles won't do you any good. You are as good as dead.
A home will be better than an apartment, but an apartment is better than a trailer - from a security standpoint. In the average West Virginia home, you have a chance to hole-up till at least the initial outbreak has passed. Have everything you need to secure your home (see below). Living within city limits has it's upsides(supply runs) but more rural areas have an advantage, too (less zombies). Either way, be prepared to deal with attacks. Make sure that you know how to secure your home, and have an escape plan. Don't make the mistake of securing ALL the doors and windows and leave yourself with no way of escape.
Weapons- I won't got into detail, since I will expand on this future articles, but you need weapons. Have a weapon or in my case -- have many weapons. I would recommend some kind of pistol as well as a shotgun or rifle. Crossbows are nice, but illegal at the moment - however, once a Zombie outbreak occurs you will be your own law. Plan accordingly. Again, I will expand on this topic in the days to come.
Watch this video as it will help: