My emergency plan is going to look at bit different. We just downsized from our house, sold it and moved into an apartment. There aren't any real disasters to worry about too much here in Southern GA. Perhaps a hurricane will come close but by the time it hits here it won't be much but high winds and rain, not a real hurricane anymore. We have power outages occasionally. So our emergency plans are more about adapting in place. We are a military family who moves often and rents our home. So we have to be ready to leave and have somewhere to go. In a true emergency here where living at the apartment isn't safe we have to leave. My sister is 4 hours away, we have friends here in town that we could stay with, we actually have friends in all corners of the world due to military, or hotels. We have tents if we need them.
Short term Plans:
I have a Berkey water filter, I'm on city water at the apartment that runs even if the power is out (I think! I just moved in here, that's usually how it works on city water). I can collect rain water somehow (depending on where I am) and use the Berkey to make it drinkable.
I always keep my gas tank above half a tank.
I keep a bag packed in the closet by the front door that includes: 2 changes of clothes for dd and I (dh will most likely NOT be able to leave with us, as he'll be a first responder in case of emergency or disaster), flashlights, batteries, water bottles (empty-I would have to fill them before we leave) and pack up the Berkey, granola-ish food bars, first aid kit, my address/phone book, fleece blanket, sunblock, ziploc of dog food, portable dog water bowl, TP, pads, wipes, and a note telling me what else I have to grab-- I would also grab our important papers safe box, laptop and cables, and medications when we went to leave.
We keep a stash of emergency funds and silver around.
I have about a month's worth of food in the pantry. Though I'm trying to use some of it up right now since my pantry is about a third of the size of the one at our house that we sold.
I have a small potty in the car that dd and I could use (me with much difficulty
I have a 2 GPSs and 2 atlases in the car. Plus I know my way around the southeast usa pretty good. Also have jumper cables, spare tire, and flat tire fluid in the car. I also have a converter power cord so that I could use my laptop in the car lighter.
Other than that it's all about getting out of Dodge.
My long term plan:
We have no debt and plan on keeping it that way.
Continue to build up savings.
We are planning on buying either land (acreage) or a home sometime within the next couple of years. If we go with the house we will rent it out (since we can't live there because we're military and it's not going to be in GA). If we buy land we will just hold onto it for awhile. This is all going to be done in cash.
In 5 years at retirement, we are either going to live in the house we'd been renting, or build a FirstDay Cottage (or similar) on our land.
Grow a garden, can, and all that jazz..
In the meantime, I do have a patio garden where I'm playing. I am building up a small set of skills that might be handy someday:
I can crochet, sew, cook just about anything, build and use a solar oven (tested this last summer
), preserve some foods, know how and use many herbal medicines. I'm working on more every day!