My wife and I have accumulated a few things in the last year with the idea of being more prepared but we haven't taken a very systematic approach to it. I sat down and brainstormed some scenarios focusing first on some of the higher-probability cases and came up with a six month plan we can work towards. Here's the basics of what we're going to do. Please pick it apart/give me any input. 1) Laminate contact information we can keep in our wallets in case we lose/break our phones and need to get hold of someone. I don't know most people's phone numbers anymore since they are in my cell phone. If there was an emergency and I didn't have my cell, I probably couldn't get hold of most of my family members. We'll make laminated cards to keep in wallets and a larger card with more info to keep in bug out bag. 2) Improve first aid kits for home/office (I own a small company so I'm thinking a bit about that as well) 3) Resolve storage issues for food, water, and other supplies. Where are we going to store this stuff? How are we going to keep it organized? 4) Ensure we have a 7-day supply of food and water. We have this now but I want to go ahead and make a meal plan. My scenarios also showed we'd use a lot of water for flushing the toilet so I may try to store some gray water just for that purpose. 5) Day pack/get-home-bag for myself/wife 6) Car packs for myself/wife 7) Address electricity-loss needs. Generator, fuel, extension cords, more propane for the grill, efficient propane burner for non-grill cooking, etc. 8) Bug out bags for myself/wife. These probably won't be very security oriented, but will be helpful if we have to flee the house due to a fire or forced evacuation. We'll deal with more severe scenarios after we get through this list. 9) Ensure we have a usable 14-day supply of food and water, or the ability to filter water after 7 days. Nearest creek/water source is about 1 mile away so we'll probably try to stockpile 14 days of water. 10) Address additional water loss needs. I ran across a few items (containers, shallow wash basin) that might be helpful in a long-term potable water loss scenario. But this seemed like a lower priority than some of the things above so we'll spend our resources/energy on those and then tackle of additional things here. 11) Ensure we have a usable 30-day supply of food and water or the ability to process water 12) Address sewer loss needs. How would we keep things sanitary without sewers for a few days or a few weeks. We're not in a flood-prone area so this is low priority for us, but I came up with a few things we should have just in case of an earthquake or something that takes out our sewer service. 13) Ensure we have a usable 90-day storage of food All of the food stored to this point will be stuff we use in the normal course of our meals. We prefer to use fresh chicken/meats but will stockpile some canned just in case. We can use the canned once a week to keep rotating. Same with veggies. We like fresh/local but can substitute canned once or twice a week to keep things rotating. After we have 90 days of things we currently use, we'll start looking into some longer-term food storage strategies and some things we don't currently use. After six months, we'll start tackling some additional scenarios and start thinking about security and whatnot. Baby steps!