It's not a matter of 'if' a power outage, flood, tornado, hurricane or other disaster will strike, but 'when.' While you can't stop the planet from getting all rammy with your property or the safety of your loved ones, you can take steps to make picking up the pieces in the aftermath of a disaster a little bit easier on your psyche. One way of doing this is to ensure that you've stashed away the supplies and hardware to make picking up the pieces of your life, or at the very least staying comfortable until the authorities have everything back in order, a little more comfortable.
Over at The Sweethome, we've updated our guide to the hardware and supplies we think that everyone should consider having on hand when things go from bad to worse. With our suggestions for emergency rations, emergency power sources, shelter, tools, medical equipment, water purification and other essentials, you'll be well on your way to building an emergency kit or bug-out bag to help keep you and your family healthy, safe and happy even in the worst situations. Of course,
The Sweethome list is by no means definitive. Be sure to check with your local and federal authorities for tips on what you should consider adding to your emergency preparedness kit to make sure that it's well suited to disasters in your neck of the woods.