I keep a backpack (and a checklist) ready to roll during hurricane season. It's something I can grab and get out of Dodge quickly and be able to keep me, the wife and my 2 boys going for a good while. I used it once when we were evacuated due to a big chemical leak and fire a mile from our house. Took me 10 minutes to have everything I needed for the 4 of us get out and be OK for a long time. Then I have a small pack that I take any time I go hiking or trekking in the woods in case I get stupid and get lost. Then there is my minimalist kit I use when mountain biking which fits into an Altoids tin. I am not paranoid about this stuff, but if anything should happen I would be quite fine for a long time.
In ANY of the above kits, I can make safe water, build a fire, and build a shelter (if needed, there are 2 tents in the backpack), navigate and hunt for food. The bigger the kit, the more convenient it is and the more people I can sustain. These things take a good deal of forethought for your particular situation. We spend a lot of time in the wilderness so it's almost second nature anymore.
We have been stuck in the house for literally days and in one case more than a week without water or electricity. It wasn't comfortable but we didn't have to abandon the house. If Katrina were to hit here and the 4 of us had to walk out, we would be able to do it without a huge hassle.
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