This year had plenty of newsworthy calamities to remind us how important it is to be prepared. It was no surprise when these calamities overwhelmed government resources.
Your level of preparedness is entirely up to you. There are many f-words in preparedness and some folks feel uncomfortable when it comes to firearms. Nobody is forcing anyone to stow weapons so acute blammophobia should not keep you from being prepared in other respects. If you start with focus, foresight, and flexibility, chances are good that your food, fuel, and finances will take care of your family and friends when fate tries to f--- you up.