If you haven't checked out Kim du Toit's grab-n-go tubs yet, take a look.
This isn't some survivalist horsehocky. There are times, hopefully they never come up, but there are times when you just need to GO! Don't pack a suitcase, don't pass the ATM and collect some cash, just grab what you can carry in two hands and get the hell out of the house. Anything from a natural disaster to civil unrest can force you from your home. OR, force you to stay in your home with little or no help or amenities. If you got hit by some natural disaster, and you had no electricity, no water coming in, what would you do? If you turned on your stove and it didn't work, if you turned the handle on your faucet and nothing came out, what would you do?
You need to be prepared. The wife and I try to be prepared for whatever situation might arise. In Puerto Rico, we had our hurricane supplies. Lots of bottled water, non-perishable food, a generator, a camp shower, and extra gas. If a hurricane hit, we could survive for a month without any outside assistance.
Yes, I know that the chances of going a month without help is slim to none. But we also counted on the fact that we would be helping out anywhere from one to six people as well. I didn't just want to survive a hurricane, I wanted to make sure that my friends survived it as well.
We already have a medical kit that's better stocked that some hospital aid stations. That's due to the fact that both the Ragin' Mrs. and I were deathly afraid of going to the ER in Puerto Rico. If you've ever been there, you know what I mean. If you haven't, just take my word for it. We got used to having a med kit that big, and we just kept it up. We've already taken care of a few minor injuries to the children of some friends of ours. Anyways, it's the largest tackle box we could find, stuffed with bandages, pain relievers, ointments, cold and flu medicine, braces and splints, ect. Short of an amputation or surgery, we can take care of it.
Now that we're settled into the house, the Mrs. and I are turning our attention to our supplies, disaster preparedness, ect. We don't have hurricanes up here, but we do have blizzards and the occasional tornado. So we want to be prepared. We'll be building up a grab-n-go kit of our own, using totes just like the ones shown by Mr. du Toit, only silver. They were originally holding the Mrs. sewing supplies, but her sewing room is set up and we have about ten of them emptied out in the basement. We'll use two of 'em. Blankets, food, ammo, some tools, a tent - once again we'll be able to survive without help for an extended period of time.
Just as importantly, if a friend calls up and says "DAVE! I'm in deep shit and I need help!" I can grab the boxes and drive.
Anyways, go check his stuff out and then start making plans for your own. And might I also recommend stockpiling ammo? With Comrade Obama and his Socialist Congress, there's no telling what's going to happen in the next four years.