And while we're talking about emergency preparedness, you'll be wanting a good knife. There are an infinite number of choices out there, but here's the everyday carrying knife that I picked out.
The Winchester Stainless Steel pocket clip knife. This knife is surely not the knife artisan's choice, but is a great, functional tool at an absolutely unbeatable price. It has thumb posts so you can open it one handed with either hand, it has a half-serrated edge, holds a good edge, and has a pocket clip so it doesn't get lost on your pocket or tear the bottom out of your pocket.
Go ahead and buy half a dozen of them, use one and leave the others wrapped up in your emergency kits.