I'm steeling a post/thread from a friend down in Baton Rouge who's preparing for the worse. Figgured I'd pass on his perls of wisdom & a few of my own for everybody here for obvious reasons.
I thought I"d post a topic talking about some valuable lessons learned from this experience down ehre that is practical for all of us.
First and foremost, every single person needs to have a bug out bag (BOB) with a 72-hour survival kit in it. This needs to have everything that you will need to sustain yourself for 72-hours in the field without any resupply. This includes food, water, shelter, first aid kit, extra socks, hygiene kit, a pair of good quality boots, and a change of clothes. I'd also highly suggest some type of firearm and a minimum of 200 rounds of GOOD ammo. If you are going to include a weapon, have a cleaning kit in your pack.
If you are like me and believe in the unalienable right to keep and bear arms, and are willing to hump some extra weight, pick up a chest harness which has pouches to hold 9 30-round AR mags and has 2 large cargo pockets on the side for extra food, ammo, or supplies. While many people negate the effectiveness of the 5.56 round, you can carry a lot of rounds for a lot less weight. I love my AR...low recoil (faster followup time on target after a shot,) I can use ammo (and parts) from law enforcement/military agencies, lightweight, compact. Pick and chose what's best for you. Remember the first rule in a gunfight is to have a gun.
A BOB is useless without a plan. You all need to sit down right now and decide which type of natural disasters and other threats exist in your area (terrorist/nuclear targets, bad weather, mutant zombie bikers, aliens, whatever may have the potential to harm you and/or your family.) Next, you need to figure out the best place for you to evade and escape (E&E) to in the event that something happens and your security and safety is not guaranteed in your area. This location ought to be at least 40 miles (preferably much much more) from the nearest population center, but if this isn't possible at least pick somewhere on a backroad out in the boonies. You need to have at least 3 routes from your house and your work to this location; drive the routes and know how to get there with your eyes closed, on foot, in the dark, and with a hostile situation nipping on your heels. Make sure each and every family member knows these routes aas well. Have alternate fall back positions. I"d highly suggest one location in all 4 directions...north, south, east, & west. Your retreat should be a defendable place, somewhere that you can hole up and defend if you are attacked by holtiles. Network with other folks in that area so that if you are attacked, you can have reinforcements coming in to flank the attackers. Set up a community communications network; this could be simply a dedicated CB channel. At your retreat, begin stockpiling food and ammo and have at least 6-month's supply on hand for each family member that will be there. Make a plan that if the SHTF you and each family member will know where to meet up (rally poitns) and/or how to get to the retreat if they can not link up with others and must E&E on their own.
Whatever you do, be prepared for a catastrophe in your area and plan on the best way to survive it. For God's sake, don't get caught pulling your pud like the worthless mongrels down in N.O. who are waiting on good ol Uncle Sugar to take care of their every need. You are the only one who can ensure your survival.