For folks who live in the Midwest and have seen the effects of the earthquake in Haiti, it's worth acquainting yourself with the New Madrid Fault.
Charleston, SC had one of the worst earthquakes in 1888, which I think was related to New Madrid.
I always carry a "to go" bag in my trunk.
Knowing Papa B as I do, I would guess this is a duffel bag packed with -- at minimum -- a Beretta 92FS, a carbine, twenty or more loaded mags, some gold and silver bullion, a week's worth of MREs and a Katadyn water filter.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.