This fits into so many areas of discussion here that I looked at all of them, and couldn't decide where it was most appropriate. So, I am puttng it here and let Ken puzzle it out. What started this was my post in the tech area about having solar chargers in case of loss of power. Then, I was thinking that it really covers a lot more area than just that, and might even deserve its own sub-topic because it is so important. No matter where a person lives; there are always chances of some kind of bad weather taking out power, making travel impossible, or just cutting off normal food supplies. Now, we also have man-made disasters as well. I am sure that a lot of the people around Ferguson were not going out much last summer with all of the shooting, burning, and riots going on. So, for many reasons, it is just an important thing to be prepared for emergency situations, and being able to get by without the usual comforts of life for a while , should it be necessary. Growing your own garden is one good idea, and even if you don't have much room, or are physically unable to plant a garden, you can still grow many plants in containers, on a balcony if necessary. Food storage is another important aspect, in case we can't get to the store for food, or (even worse) there is no food in the store. I think there are so many different aspects of preparedness that this topic can touch on, that it would be awesome if it can have its own area somewhere on the forum.