No one wants to think about a worst case scenario but thinking about it ahead of time is the best way to increase one’s odds of survival. The easiest thing to do to is to prepare a survival pack. It only takes a trip to the store. If an earthquake, flood or other disaster comes you want to be ready to ride out the worst of things in case you are cut off from power or help. The things you need to keep in it are as follows.
Water is always the first thing to think about. Pack at least one gallon per person, per day. So for a family of three you would want six gallons at least. It’s best to be ready with a weeks supply at all times. You really can’t pack too much water.
Any medication needed on a daily basis should be packed as well. Make sure that it doesn’t expire. This might mean checking on it once a mouth or so depending on what is being backed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how long your medications can last.
Food should be packed so you can have 3 meals a day. If physical activity is called upon you want to have the calories to fuel yourself. Don’t think you can get by on one meal a day and still stay active and healthy. Pack canned or dry food. Do not pack anything that has to be cooked or kept cold or frozen. Don’t forget the can opener!
After the big three above pack a few basic tools. A battery powered radio or one with a hand crank is a good idea. You will want it to stay informed about your situation. A knife such as a good old multi tool/folding knife is always handy. A mirror or bright cloth can be used for signaling or flagging down help. Some matches if you must but if you can use flint and steel it will be much more reliable and resistant to getting wet. A tarp, tent or something you can make an emergency shelter out of or use to stay dry and/or warm. A sleeping bag for each member of your household that is appropriate for the climate you live in.
Lastly pack things you might need to help you recover after the worst is over. Copies of your important legal documents such as birth certificates, Passports, insurance papers or anything you know you will need as well as pencil and paper. No pens, they will dry out over time. One credit card and some cash might be helpful.
Once all of this is collected be sure to check up on it once a month at least to be sure nothing expires or goes out of date and remember, you will almost certainly never need it but if you do need it you want to be sure you have it.