They say that there are two things that you can count on in this life and they are death and taxes. But in reality there is a third constant that cannot be escaped: change. Life does not stay the same for long and just because your life is secure and comfortable now does not mean that a major catastrophe cannot strike at a moment's notice. It is therefore imperative that you be as prepared as possible.
Disaster preparedness begins with shedding the belief that everything will be taken care of for you. It may seem harsh but the right mentality to have when it comes to a crisis situation is every man for himself. You cannot rely on FEMA or governmental agencies to take care of you during a disaster. After all, what if roads are compromised and there is no reasonable way to deliver supplies to people that need it? The best thing to do is to take matters into your own hands.
Being able to generate your own electricity in your home will be a huge boon during a significant cataclysm. Do not let yourself be lulled into thinking that the electrical grid can withstand any kind of damage. No matter how well-built the grid is, nothing is infallible. Having electricity in your home can be the difference between survival and tragedy in a serious debacle so the next skill to hone in your survival regimen is electricity generation.
You may not have any background in carpentry or woodworking but when all hell breaks loose, basic woodworking is a skill that you will be very glad you obtained. The importance of woodworking skills cannot be understated in a crisis situation. Woodworking can be applied in any situation no matter how dire or mild. For example say a heavy storm rolls through your area. This may not seem like a big deal but if you have basic woodworking knowledge you will probably be able to fix things that need immediate attention like leaks.
One of the most important things to consider when prepping your home for a large-scale catastrophe is food. You may have already obtained spoil-proof foods that you and your family can subsist on for a year or more but those foods are not going to be worth anything if they are not properly stored. The first reason why food storage is so important in an emergency is the most obvious: you are going to want to store your food so that it doesn't spoil. In order to achieve this goal you will need to designate a dry, room temperature area of your home with ample storage space which we will get into a bit later.
It is great to be prepared but gathering a ready cache of food and supplies is just half the battle. You must consider all disaster scenarios and that includes home protection. When things really start to go South people will be willing to do almost anything to get the things they need especially people who did not prepare for a devastating cataclysm. This is the downside of being well-equipped for major destruction. By outfitting your home with solar panels, wind turbines, beefing up your home security and if your neighbors see that you are stockpiling rations, you are putting a huge target on your home. Remember that in any disaster scenario there will be people who fail to prepare and these are the very people who will look to make you and your family a victim when desperation starts to set in.
It may not be pleasant to think about and you should do everything you can to avoid such a situation but there may come a time when all you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones is rely on a firearm. In many cases simply having a firearm handy will be enough to deter would-be thieves and home invaders. At any rate it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Make no mistake about it; water is the most important commodity in any survival kit. You should have an ample supply of water because when you are dehydrated you can't possibly do what it takes to survive when you are. It can be easy to take clean water for granted but you must avoid it at all costs.