People who are prepared for natural disasters and interruptions of service are frequently maligned by those who’ve watched too much reality TV. The actual reality is that something as simple as a widespread power outage could be a life-threatening event without some advance knowledge and preparation.
Step 1: Know the most likely threat in your area.
It’s important to know whether you’ll be sheltering in place or evacuating, and what that might look like for your family in case your electricity is out and you are unable to leave or gas pumps won’t work. Check out the resources available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on how to prepare for specific threats, and you’ll have a better idea of how to start developing your emergency plan. Get your family involved, and be prepared to deal with emergencies in a proactive, rather than reactive, way.