Todd Pitman reporting from Japan, this is a great read and much too short. Oftentimes on forum threads, you will see these lists of survival items, especially for urban and suburban disaster scenarios. Being a journalist, he has a few other concerns as well. I have one of the power inverters he is talking about, very important item to have.
"We have survived mostly on snack food — peanuts and potato chips and canned coffee scavenged from mostly empty street-side vending machines. When we found one small food store open, it's dwindling stocks already plundered, we bought everything left that we could fit in our car — raw sausages, dried squid, bread."