Things to think about (ASAP) and acquire the knowledge how to use: 1. Drinking (clean) water and water for sanitation - sustainable long term, without electricity. Filter straws (Walmart), Big Berkey water filters. White bleach (Chlorox with no additives, 2 drops per quart, wait 45 minutes), water purification tablets or heating (160* to pasteurize, 212* to boil) to sanitize water. Ways to collect water from run off, downspouts. Pool water for sanitation. 2. Shelter - shelter in or place to go to. (Think about it now.) X-large heavy grade trash/ contractor /leaf bags for wind/rain ponchos (make holes for heads and arms), emergency shelters 3. Fire - for heat and cooking. More than one type preferable - twig/wood pellet stoves like the Solo stoves, MSP Core, cheap online versions of the Silverfire camp stove, Biolyte camp stoves or rocket stoves (Silverfire Survivor) for cooking. Use outdoors only or inside a fireplace. Coleman stoves and fuel. Propane stoves and grills. Alcohol camp/army surplus (Trangia spirit burner) stoves, "Fancy feast" type homemade alcohol stoves- use ethanol/denatured alcohol, methanol. Isopropyl (rubbing) burning stove from FlatCatGear.com. 4. Food - including long term stored edible goods. Buckets of grains, rice and beans, salt (including blessed salt, course variety persists longer for this purpose), oil, hand grain mill, lots of zip lock bags, roll of fresh produce bags, baking soda for non-yeast breads 5. Sanitation - soaps/detergents, baby wipes, alcohol, place to dispose of waste if utilities fail, female hygiene 6. Security - family & self defense 7. First aid - band aids, iodine, alcohol swabs, how to treat & close wounds, Isreali and gauze dressings/wraps/bandages, ace wraps 8. Activities - to keep young ones occupied 9. Light. The easiest, most simple back-up form of lighting in case utilities fail is oil lamps and candles. Kerosene for oil lamps is cheap and plentiful. Aladdin type oil lamps produce the equivalent of a 40 watt lightbulb and can be used for cooking as well as heating a small well ventilated room. Blessed candles should also be included, as well as LED flashlights and camp lights. Propane powered and Coleman fuel camp lights can be used in well ventilated places. 10. Communications - check out this 2 way hand held radio, $26. With free open source downloadable software (CHIMP) and an optional UBS cord to attach to your computer it can be programmed to broadcast (ONLY in an emergency! License required.) 1W or 5w on Family Radio, MUIR, and GMRS channels, 2M and 70CM HAM radio repeaters and scan VHF and UHF channels including NOAA Weather & Emergency broadcast channels, local Emergency, fire, police and other common scanner frequencies. If you know anything about portable batteries used to jumpstart cars and small solar panels to charge them, you can keep this running (as well as small electronic devices) indefinitely. 11. Homemade pedialyte powder to make a solution for fluid loss in case of severe diarrhea. WHO Oral Rehydration Solution Table Salt (NaCl) 1/2 tsp.* Salt Substitute (KCl) 1/2 tsp.* Baking Soda 1/2 tsp. Table Sugar 2 tablespoons Tap Water 1 Liter (= 1 Qt. 2 tablespoons) Have small children start with 1 teaspoon every 5 - 10 minutes, which is usually quite well tolerated. The amount can be increased every 30 - 60 minutes (2 teaspoons, 3 teaspoons, 2 tablespoon, etc. every 5 - 10 minutes). 12. Toilet paper- for personal use and for barter Feel free to add to this list.