This is actually one I posted last year, but I thought it was worth a repeat in here. I am bringing this up, because as we are seeing in the news, a great many people simply have few to no survival skills. Here we are, 7 years after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, and they are getting hit yet again by another huricane. And on the news yesterday, once again people were interviewed who refused to leave their homes because they thought "things were not going to be bad". To me, this is the ultimate in stupidity, and is in fact criminal neglect, because now we are seeing Emergency Services having to go out in the storm to try and rescue these idiots. So here I am going to put out my guide for preparing for emergencies: First, everybody take a quick mental list of what you would need to survive for 5-10 days. Now take an inventory in your head, do you have everything needed? Odds are, most people do not. We will call those people "sheep". Now to me, it is suicidal to not be prepared at all times to be able to take care of yourself and your family for at least 1-2 weeks if the need ever happened. And no, I am not talking about "Survivalism" in the 1980's sense with vaults of guns burried in the event of Soviet Invasion and World War III. I am talking about the absolute basics you need to prepare for any kind of major event. And yes, there are a lot of potential threats out there that may make this needed. How needed? Well, in my life I have been through 3 major Earthquakes (1971, 1994 and 1999), 4 major Hurricanes (including Hugo, Ivan and Katrina), 2 riots, and other events from floods to fires. And we may be only a major solar flare away from loosing many things we take for granted every day. Power, fresh water, transportation, many things needed for life in the modern era. For over 2 decades now, I have kept an "emergency kit" handy at all times, in the event that it is ever needed. And it has ranged from a backpack stuffed with the bare basics, to a fully stocked and loaded RV. But it is always ready, and has saved me and my family many times over the years. And as of this time, I actually have 2 of them done up and ready to go. The second is a motorcycle towable rig, that would be my choice if I think the roads are unpassable. This is a list of the bare basics that everybody should have available. And at an absolute minimum, make it to cover all the needs of you and your family for 3-5 days (it may take that long or longer for governmental agencies to be able to step in and assist disaster relief). Water, at least 5 days worth. Food, shelf stable for 5 days. Shelter for everybody in the household (tent, trailer, RV). First aid supplies. Medication needed. Comfortable clothing and durable shoes-boots. Fuel (sterno, charcoal, propane). Battery operated equipment (lights, radio) and either lots of batteries, or rechargeable batteries and a solar recharger. Cooking supplies (barbeque, stove). Sleeping bags and ground mats. Cash. Now those are the absolute minimums, and it is really not that hard to get it all together. In fact, a lot of you may have many of these items and not even know it. And some things you can even "double-up" if needed. You can satisfy some of the food and water requirements with drinks like Ensure. These have both fluids and nutritional value, making them good choices to suppliment food stocks. I also suggest keeping at least 2-3 days of supplies along with a change of clothing in your vehicles, preferably in a backpack. This is especially important in a place like California. If an earthquake hits, you may have to cross rubble or wait a day or more for roadways to be opened again. And if anybody thinks that this does not apply to them, I encourage them to think again. There is hardly noplace in the world that does not suffer floods, storms, fires, earthquakes, or some other disaster at least every decade or so. And remember your best chance to survive is actually getting out in advance if you know things are going to get really ugly.