DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: So people want me to follow up on my earlier disaster-preparedness posts with lots of recommendations, but I don't have anything all that new. But for those interested, here's a pretty comprehensive list of stuff by Sarah Mankowski.
There's more to preparation than buying stuff, though, and you might want to acquire some training via the Red Cross, FEMA, or the Citizens' Corps. And this PDF booklet from the LAFD, though focusing on earthquakes, has a lot of useful knowledge.
It's useful to have the right stuff handy, but you also need the right knowledge, and mindset. That doesn't come from a catalog.