Recently I started making a list of what supplies I wanted where, and came to a grinding halt when I realized I hadn't defined the requirements. Defining the requirements is like "I must to be able to cross a river 3' deep in a vehicle while carrying six passengers and 400 pounds and/or 75 cubic feet of cargo," rather than saying "I want big a** tires on a jacked up crew cab truck so I can go anywhere." With that in mind, I started to consider all the possible disaster scenarios that could possibly befall my family, and what the effects were. I started putting together a spreadsheet listing all the possible things that could happen to my little neck of the woods, their likelihood, what the results, severity, and the duration of those results could be, as well as the social impact and severity of those results. In many disasters, lots of folks give all they can for the benefit of their neighbors in need, and in some, depending on the level of dependancy in the populace, may turn to less pleasant activities. For example, a flood could take out local power, thus damaging out the local internet, thus taking out all electronic financial transactions (which actually happened on the east coast,) leading to a panic by most folks not keeping enough actual cash on hand to get by. Most local and state government put together these very scenarios, but its obviously geared to their own response, and from what I've seen as a CERT member, highly optimistic. They also don't make them easy to find on the web, and many aren't going to publish the entire thing simply because it involves some ugly possibilities. Who wants to read that the city plans to leave dead bodies to rot in your neighborhood until they get around to yours? The goal of the spreadsheet was to identify all the possible effects of a disaster and put together a plan to deal with the individual or multiple effects. Many of you are aware of companies and facilities that have a little book with tabs on them that, in the event of something bad, the user simply flips to the relavant tab and follows the instructions. That's sort of where I'm going with it, and making the necessary preparations based on a playbook, with the necessary considerations for other impacting conditions also in it. So, going through the web I wasn't able to find as much as I'd hoped to build my spreadsheet with, and was wondering if anyone else has approached this from the same perspective.