In the last few weeks, Houston, the southeast of Texas, and the south of Louisiana were flooded and slammed by Hurricane Harvey; Mexico had a magnitude 8 earthquake in the southwest, as it's bracing to get hit by Hurricane Katia on the Gulf Coast side, and Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are about to get epically pummeled by Hurricane Irma for the entire weekend. And I don't even bother to mention the typical raging wildfires that hit the western half of the US from about August to October since lighting and trees became a thing here, going back some millennia.
If you don't have plans in place and supplies on hand already for the types of anytime and predictable annual disasters your particular area could foreseeably face, you're either homeless and living in a shopping cart, or you're an oblivious idiot.
There is no third option, but there's an obvious solution to not falling into either sorry category.
Make A Plan. It should be brutally realistic, mathematically logical and precise, and as comprehensive as you can make it, covering the potential problems anyone in your area could reasonably expect. And the point to remember about 100-year floods/storms/earthquakes/etc. is that any year could be Year 100, forever. Prediction just means you might not see two of them, but should expect to see at least one in your lifetime. Nature doesn't read a calendar.
Gather supplies. Anybody who hasn't the means at hand to amass 3 days of emergency supplies for everything you need, both to stay put, or GTFO, is already in a survival situation. The other 99.9999% of humanity living in this country has no excuse for being braindead idiots, and failing to prepare - other than where on this graph their IQ is.
And you should have 3-6 months' worth in short order, or you're still an idiot, unless you want to live in a FEMA shelter after the first 72 hours.
Execute when necessary. Think things over, and brutally consider your own If/Then set of contingencies. If something happens, then you do...what? That's for you (and your Significant Other, it that applies) to work out. If you're in one of the 45 states not currently under the gun with regard to being on CNN 24/7, count your blessings. Then go over your plans, fix deficiencies, and be ready for the day your turn comes. There's precious few places in this country that are immune to any disaster. In fact, close to none. Some definitely have more, and some less, than others. But wherever you are, make your contingency plans for them, and be ready to be the solution in times of distress, not part of the problem.
The last two weeks and the next two are a golden opportunity to bring the topic up, if anyone else in your family is hard-headed or weak-willed when it comes to dealing with those realities. Do what you've got to do; I don't want to see anyone looking clueless, shivering under a blanket, and wondering what hit them. Disasters have three types of people: victims, volunteers for being victims, and the guys driving the boats and helicopters and running the shelters. Do your damnedest to be the last type. They're the ones that save the whole town when it has to be done.
"Out of every hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back." - Heraclitus, 500 BCAnd as we watch the tragedies that befall others, wherever you are, remember this absolute truth:
Your turn in the barrel is coming, to a certainty.
Failure to plan, is planning to fail.