No joke. This is real.
Please prepare for your family now. Emergencies and disasters are commonplace now, no matter where you live.
Do you have a backpack with a flashlight, batteries, granola bars, water, rain jacket, whistle and prescription medications in it? FEMA recommends every person has their own backpack with some basic items to ensure that the person has what they need in an emergency. They also say every home should have a few days of easy to prepare food (nonperishable) on hand and 1 gallon of water per person per day. The RedCross may not be able to get to you for many days. Their websites have information and ideas of some things you may want to have in a closet ready to use just in case.
This is my project right now for my family. I've decided that I have procrastinated long enough. I am trying to collect things I have around the house and put them together in one box for an emergency. My main worry is an earthquake, but there are areas around the world where hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, snow & ice blizzards and floods are concerns.
Check out this short instructional video explaining the key steps to emergency preparedness, including: being informed, making a plan, building a kit, and getting involved.
Another neat thing - If you have a fancy phone, you can download these neat apps!
Red Cross - mobile apps