how long would it take you to get prepared? In a meaning of, of course ur stocked up, but what would be the first steps that you would take? I'm sure we've all seen the disaster video of an earthquake with the guy grabbing his bug-out bag as the house starts to go down. That's kinda what I'm looking for on some more ideas of what everyone else is doing. I'm really set on being prepared. Our food isn't what I would like it to be and I've still got a few things that need to be picked up more for luxury. So if something happened tonight and the power and phones were cut off, how easy would it be to adapt? The last thing you seen on the tv was telling you to stay calm and don't go anywhere. This is what we've done in several situations, whether it was snow storm or tornado taking out power. Well first things first for us: LOCK the doors, get flashlight and grab the gun and ammo. Pull the blinds and shut down rooms of the house. Everyone camping in the living room (the kids always love that). We've got a poster board radio that I bought when I was in high school and it picks up better signal than my weather band. Walk by and flip that on for music or news. Couple candles lit or oil lamps. Pull the water bucket out from under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, set in sinks. Lids off toilets and a DO NOT FLUSH rule is announced. The coleman duel fuel stove and fuel also resides under the kitchen sink. Pull that out for supper or boiling tea. Easily replaces the electric griddle on the counter. Time to sit down for a board game. lol! Now we live in the country and we've also got a generator, but we wouldn't use it til absolutely necessary (which would just be to get more water). By experience, we've made it 4 days without power in a snow/ice storm and could have went plenty further WITHOUT getting into any stored supplies besides fuel for the stove. So my question is...How quick is your lockdown? Have you thought about it, or even shut the power off and did a run down with the kids? Please share.