For those that live in an urban area, whether in the city center or in a suburb. These tips can go a long way in an emergency situation or disaster.
1) Food. Do you have enough for two weeks of survival? If not, now is the time to make sure you do. Canned foods, dehydrated items, dry mixes, and other staples can set you up in case of a natural disaster or other emergency. Store in a cool, dry place. Store by expiration date, practice first in first out. Gather what you need for the members of the household you have. Pay attention to ages, food allergies, and special diet considerations. Don't forget about your furry friends. Have storage items for your pets, as well. Try a all in one pack, such as a few of our survival kits.
2) Water. One of the most important items to stock. Maintaining a supply of potable water is an essential part of surviving. Stock a supply of commercial unopened bottled water. In addition, keeping a supply of storage containers available for fill up should you know about a pending issue is a must. These folding jugs don't take up much space and, when empty, are easily folded up to be on the go. If you are by natural fresh water, a filtration system is a great way to hydrate. Try this one or this one!
FEMA has a great article that goes into more detail. Get it here.
3) Shelter. Typically you should shelter in place if the emergency is of a short term duration, unless there is an evacuation due to a natural disaster. In this scenario, we will assume short term with no call to evacuate. Your home is most likely best equipped to shelter you with very little effort. Make sure all doors and windows lock and you keep up on the scheduled maintenance on all aspects of your house.
4) Heat. Do make sure you have a heat source in cold weather that will keep you warm in the event of a power loss. If you don't have a wood fireplace....Think generated heat, propane heater, kerosene heater, or candle heater. Just be very careful to follow all manufacturer instructions. You don't want to be a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.
5) Misc. This includes: Light sources; candles, solar lights (here and here and here), plus high powered battery operated lights, handheld and headlamp types, and plenty of batteries. First aid kits; small/compact and large/multiple items kits. Waterproof matches. Don't forget the radio for communication on what is going on!
Obviously, this is not an extensive list, but it will get you started. Don't get left without the basics when an emergency hits. A little bit of preparation will go a long way to your safety and survival and keeping you secure. Don't become a statistic. Be Prepared. Be Ready. Survive!