Mother Earth has been very active the last few months and my home town: Portland Oregon is due for an earthquake. by 2020 we will almost certainly have an earthquake here and will be in the same boat as Haiti and Chile. my family and a friend of ours outlined a (still primitive but growing) disaster safety net for our neighborhood.
in my neighborhood: my nextdoor neighbor has chainsaws, their neighbor has a hand dug well, the house across the street has a huge supply of food in the basement, my house has an urban farm and a canoe, we don't necessarily have access to all the tents we might need but we are working on this still. with so many houses in each neighborhood and each only needing to really supply one emergency tool, it's quite easy to establish a safety net as long as we talk to our neighbors, learn what resources they have so that we will know where to look when we need something. it is important for everyone, especially those who live in high risk areas, to speak with the people who live around them because if disaster strikes they can help you and you can help them.