Since our marriage we have only given a half-hearted effort to ensure we were totally prepared for emergencies and had complete food storage for one year. On Sunday, there was a tornado in our area. It was visible from our front yard, but was about 2 miles away. The funny part was the sky was blue over our house, and the leaves were barely rustling. Baseball size hail was seen 5 or 6 miles away, and we got nothing! For more information and other pictures check out The Wealth of Home, or her friend's blog.
B.A.R.'s friend called to tell us to bolt for the basement because of the tornado, which we did. Suddenly, I was surprised at how prepared we were despite our lack of effort. Until then, we hadn't been watching the news (the sun was shining and the wind was hardly blowing), but when we got downstairs I realized that we have a small TV, a phone, a box of toys for Tiger, all of our food storage, all of our camping supplies (except the stove and fuel), 5 gallons of water, all the kids clothes not currently in use, the extra chairs, a small fridge with soda, a large chest freezer with food, our 72 hour kits, and for 1 day only: Blanket's favorite bouncy chair.
It seems that my old instincts have served us well. While we weren't down there for very long, and it isn't likely that a serious tornado will have us in our basement more than once every few years, it is nice to know that we were prepared for an emergency even if it only lasted 20 minutes.