. the more supplies and routes you have the more choices you have on little notice.
. the more first aid, basic and secondary treatments you know the better.
. the more you practice the easier to make decisions in emotional circumstances.
. KNOW HOW FAR YOU ARE WILLING TO GO. (Will you carry a weapon for self-defense?For hunting for food?) Not a pleasant thought but necessary.
. Know the capabilities of those who will travel or be under your care
Not only how far canthey walk or ride, but what skills they have. (Someone who has medical knowledge can be abenefit, as can someone who has hunting skills, someone who has plant and other foodgathering skills, someone who has map reading skills etc.) Plan on having each person inyour group learn some of these skills. Even young children can take part. Make it a familyproject and practice them while camping or hiking.
Do not forget your pets
Do plan on extra water for them - but most pets can eat whathumans eat so don't burden yourself trying to carry dog food or cat food. Pet birds can ride onyour shoulder or should be set free as other critters may need to be also. (It may mean adeath sentence for them, but if you leave them in their cages it surely would be a slow andpainfully cruel death sentence.) Your animals can also be used for carrying items. Big dogscan carry packs or be trained to pull small wagons. Horses, and other such larger animalscan also be useful - but that goes without saying.
. Even if you plan to stay where you are, the following items will fulfill your needs for anemergency plan
You have the luxury of not having to worry about how much weight you cancarry - and you may not need emergency rations for as many days. If you plan that you willnot receive outside help, have power or medical aid, nor have the ability to purchase items for3 - 5 days, any help arriving earlier is a boon. You must remember to have at least 1 gallon ofwater for every one of those days per person in storage. (Water can be stored for up to 6months in a unbreakable container before having to be purified or recycled.) Try and stock asmany or all of the items listed below as you may not be able to sleep in your home but haveto camp out in the yard or in one of the your in town safe-places.
Keep these items OUT OFYOUR HOME AND IN A PLACE WHERE YOU WILL KEEP YOUR MAIN PACKS so thatyou can get to them if your home or apartment building is unsafe to enter.
[NOTE: You can use and old refrigerator or large container as a storage area. Halfway oralmost all the way bury it in your back yard without the lid. Take a nice piece of wood orplastic and make a water proof cover over the top of the chest. Plant flowers around it orplace a birdbath or decorate with yard statues. Inside, you can store your waterproofed packsand sleeping bags, your med. kit and other items with little worry of water, insect or vermindamage. If you have a wood shed or other small building they could be ideal for storing. UseBIG plastic garbage cans with locking lids as your storage bins. They are almost completelywater proof - still waterproof by wrapping tarps and plastic bags around your packs andclothing. Other options are, keep them in R.V.s, fifth wheels, or barns.]