I used to teach Disaster Preparedness in the Air Force and while I don't teach it anymore, I still actively have that mindset. I have told my family about some of the things I've done to prepare for Situation X, but only about 40%. For instance, I always tell them that I'm stockpiling items because we might have a prolonged ice storm that cuts out power, or an earthquake. I'm here in the Pacific Northwest, so both are possible, not really plausible in the near term. It's just what I tell them.
What have I really done, you ask? Well here's a run down of some of the things I've done, but as with the family, I'm not going to divulge all of
the secrets. Just some.
1. Filled a 40 Gallon plastic drum with sealing plastic lid full of bags of beans and rice (including big containers of seasonings) and buried it in
our big back yard. There's a big soup pot in the bottom of the barrel with a ladle and big wooden spoon as well.
2. Bought a medium sized igloo cooler on sale and filled it with a windup radio, map book of the State (with two compasses), a huge box of waterproof
matches, four mess kits, three flashlights with batteries (they'll last a decade - though we all know we won't have to wait that long) two 10"
hunting knives, a hatchet, a box of 16-penny nails, and a roll of black plastic. Yes, I got it all in there. I then closed the lid, and sealed the
lid with wax from a candle (works well by the way). Buried it in another location in the back yard.
3. I got together a bunch of clothes, shoes, jackets, the works and put them all in a third 40 gallon barrel. It's buried out there as well.
4. There is a fourth box not in the yard, but in a location accessible and secure, with two .45 Semi-Auto Ruger's and 500 rounds of hollow-points.
There is also cleaning kits for both, and two bear "foggers" as well. This box is sealed and buried.
That covers just some of the supplies I've gone to great lengths to conceal and none of them knows about it. I've covered shelters, clothing, food,
and emergency navigation and lighting.
My vehicle has a fully equipped bug-out-bag and tools in case I need to get myself out of a ditch, or unstuck. They all know about those, but I get a
roll of the eye when I tell them everything in the bag and why I have it. The way I see it, I would rather they not worry about things. I'm always
worrying about it anyway, so I'll shoulder that and let them think about glass-half-full stuff. It's taken me years to get fully prepared. I'm
ready for most things, but am always nervous we'll all get confronted with something I haven't planned thoroughly for.
Best of luck to you all by the way.