After living through the Loma Prieta Earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989 I began to take this seriously. In my house I had flashlights, a radio, batteries, water (1.5 gal. per person per day) gloves and sturdy shoes (helpful for clambering around in debris). Since moving to Georgia which has occasional tornadoes I have added an extensive first aid kit, and sanitation and hygiene supplies (i.e. toiletries), cash, and an emergency evacuation binder.
There is plenty more to do, actually (I'm looking at the Emergency Supplies Checklist at the FEMA site). But I feel better having taking action.
Let me tell you about my binder. It has:
- a page protector (get the multiple page kind) full info about my meds
- phone numbers and copies of my relevant business cards (I just took my binder page for cards and copied it)
- emergency info (lists of kits to build and first aid information for people and pets)
- photocopies of what is in my wallet, my bank accounts (doesn't have to be current, I just need the numbers)
- health and auto and home insurance packets
- certificates: birth, marriage (death), name change
- other legal documents
The next step would be to add food (my pantry is pretty full) including tools to make it edible: a can opener, and a stove and fuel (we have a grill at least). The Healthy Hurricane/Disaster Cookbook could come in handy as well.
Here are some of the supply sites I have bookmarked:
Major Surplus & Survival
South Summit Outdoor Gear and Emergency Preparedness
The Internet Grocer
AAOOB Storable Foods
and for information about food storage, the LDSs have a great website:
There is a lot more available on the net as well. You might want to consider Googling "bug out kits" to prepare for a quick get-away.
Put together a kit for yourself, even if its just flashlights and water. You'll feel a lot better, I promise!