The best thing to always have at hand is a first aid kit, MRE and water. However you will always have to have a plan and testing it is vital to your survival.
Testing your emergency plan doesn’t mean you have to wait for the disaster to happen. Get yourself in real life scenarios where you can test things out before things happen.
Flashlights – Make sure you have new fully charged batteries. So if a power outage occurs, you will be prepared, instead of finding out your flashlight isn’t working due to dead batteries. Having a flashlight at hand will help you walk around in the darkness finding things you need to do, like for example, if you have a generator, and the there is a power outage, you will have to get to that generator in the dark so you can get it working again. Without that flashlight you will have a hard time finding it. Another scenario is, during the disaster is that a tanker crashes nearby , emitting a toxic cloud. It would be a good idea to have your go bag which includes, food water, spare clothes, insurance papers, ID, etc. with your family ready to get out and evacuate the zone. Maybe a snow storm just hit your area, and you need to find a way to get back to safety, you should have had a prepared alternate route prepared just incase.
If you have children, make sure you don’t overwhelm them or scare them with these emergency disasters that may occur. Instead, teach them skills which will prepare them to face the realities of life.
It’s a good idea to be prepared in situations like these, by making sure you always test your emergency plan prior to disaster striking.