Terms like "prepping" and "bug out bag" were once seen as fringe, and only used by crazy folks who lived on the edge of civilization.
Today, even the US government is taking a step toward disaster planning.
They currently have sections on:
If you approach a flooded road or walkway, follow this rule: turn around, don't drown!
Be informed about what to do during an active shooting.
Know what to do before, during, and after a winter weather.
A nuclear explosion may occur with or without a few minutes warning. Learn what you can do: Get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.
Earthquakes can happen at any time. Learn what to do before, during and after.
Learn how to prevent, detect and respond to cyber incidents.
Be sure to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, including in every bedroom and outside all sleeping areas.
They've even got a section to build your own bug out bag but labeled it "Build a Kit."
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Maintaining Your Kit
After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:
Keep canned food in a cool, dry place
Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
Replace expired items as needed
Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.
Kit Storage Locations
Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.
Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
Below is the current list of threats they've compiled.
- Active Shooter
- Chemical Emergencies
- Emergency Alerts
- Extreme Heat
- Hazardous Materials Incidents
- Home Fires
- Household Chemical Emergencies
- Landslides & Debris Flow
- Nuclear Explosion
- Nuclear Power Plants
- Power Outages
- Radiological Dispersion Device
- Severe Weather
- Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
- Space Weather
- Thunderstorms & Lightning
You can read more at Ready.gov.