I have been prepairing for a long time. I have also just started again. You need to protect your supplies and equipment. My wife and I lost over 20 years of preparation to kids with a gas can, it could just as easily been a natural disaster. Since we are out in the country, it was a total loss. That loss included 2 4X4's, food for my wife and I and our un prepaired extended family for over a year, firearms and reloading supplies (at current prices and limited supply that really hurts) and all the tools and equipment we accumulated over the years that made us very self sufficient (full machine and wood shop). You are not safe in a normal structure. We are rebuilding, the shop is now concrete and steel, the house is still stick framed but we will be adding a concrete detached storm cellar for long term supplies. I know that the cellar is not realistic for most, but you need to do something to protect your supplies. I considered a strong room in our basement, but it still might burn. I also considered buring it in small containers, did not like the limited access that offered. Storage in the basement (as we are now) is only sligthly better than no storage, it needs to be protected if possible.