The best preparedness step is to avoid being where there is trouble. A good prepper either doesn't live in a hurricane area or else has extensive preps and plans. A good prepper isn't going to go to a bad area of town unncessarily. A good prepper doesn't need to run out to a convenience store in the middle of the night to get something. Even among non preppers, some activities are common sense. Would you go jet skiing on the Mexican side of a lake where it's known that 'pirates' are taking people's stuff and shooting them and those pirates are part of a vicious drug cartel?