After watching the New Orleans post-hurricane event unfold, I decided a long time ago not to wait around for outside help. People, be smart. Get at least two weeks of food and water stored. If you can and have the space, put away three months. Store candles or rechargeable flashlights/torches/lanterns (you might want to avoid kerosene lanterns or propane in an EQ zone). Have a first-aid/med kit and try to stock what prescription meds you can. It's not just about EQs -- you could face windstorms, blizzards, power outages, or any number of events that would cut off your access to grocery and drug stores and water. It will happen. Make plans accordingly.