It isn't just about having a stash of food and water; almost as important is to build a human support structure around your family, people of like mind that will be there when you need them. It's as important as rice and beans.
After hurricane Andrew flattened South Florida, members of my church pushed open their bathroom doors and walked from inside to outside. Their bathrooms and utility rooms, where they'd taken refuge, were the only parts of their homes still standing.
There was nothing left: no phone, water, food, shelter, transportation . . . nothing.
A church leader in one neighborhood, standing in a community he no longer recognized, comforted his neighbors, "Don't worry. My friends are coming."
His neighbors said, "You can't possible know that."
But he did, because he was a member of a support system and a good one, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, that he knew had trucks loaded and ready.
Do your part. Be part of a support system. Band together with those of like mind. Do it before the crisis.
Members of my church in Sierra Leone discovered how important it was to have someone in their corner when they were devastated by a deadly outbreak of ebola. Read the article. Know that if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.
NEVER ALONE IN SIERRA LEONE
FROM THE ARTICLE: "To prevent the further spread of the disease, in September 2014 the president of Sierra Leone announced a nationwide lockdown to begin in just a few days. During the lockdown, all citizens would be required to remain indoors. Most people would have to make do with whatever food they had in their homes.