Well? For me I look at it as an insurance policy. Only this one, hopefully, will be there for me and not require that i be ill, injured, or deceased. Food stocks are there on car I are to lose my job and I need to eat until I find another one. Emergency lighting is the in case the power goes out or again, I lose mu job and can't afford grid electricity or gasoline. Medical supplies are there because I'm a paramedic, and I'm obligated to help others. Comms are so that I can obtain information or pass along information if the cell towers are down or landlines are. What was the catalyst to get me in this mindset? My Great grandparents and grandparents lived through the Depression. They always had a stocked pantry, oil lamps with spare oil and wicks, and plenty of matches. When though they lived in the city, they still had an old kerosene heater and lots of quilts in case the power went out. They would bunker down and shut off the rest of the house and stay from the kitchen back (bathroom was there too. Great grandads recliner was dragged back there so he could relax and stay warm. Granny would make sure of it, she bought that recliner with money she earned sewing curtains and dresses for local women on her old Singer pedastal sewing machine. They always had a small garden and any excess veggies got canned. My granddad always had a much larger garden that was spilt between him and his two neighbors. He didn't can, but the old Widow woman (Faye) did. His back door neighbor and fishing buddy Hoyt would till the land as it was on Fayes property, they would plant the veggies that Hoyts wife often started from seed stock, and Grandpa would hoe that garden and take care of critters. They would get sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, peppers, snap peas, rsdishes, lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, carrots. They would pick apples and plums and make apple butter, jam and preserves. Faye's husband had planted a small grape arbor before he died that had the best grapes you would ever want, nice and sweet. They watched out for each other (and me, lol). They taught me about community and watching out for each other. They also taught me to not rely on the government and to do what you can on your own. But that it was ok to ask for help when needed but be prepared to answer that call when you were needed. My grandmother taught me that even though your body is failing, you can still be strong in spirit. She had rheumatoidal arthritis, 3 heart attacks, and breast cancer (twice). The cancer is what finally took her down. But she placed herself in a nursing home when it became too much for my mom to take care of her and me. And while in that facility she always strove to help "the old folks who didn't have anything". She made arts and crafts to sell to people and every penny went to help those in the home who didn't have anything or anyone. So I guess she taught me strength of character and civic duty. My mom raised me pretty much on her own working 2 and 3 jobs to make sure there was food on the table for me. She was a LEO and then quit after nearly being killed one night while investigating a B&E. She worked in security & sales and did her best to make sure i had a roof over my head, food in my belly, and clothes on my back while often going without for herself. She taught me personal responsibility and to rely on one's self. All of these contributing factors have helped shape me into the person I am today. So all of these people helped make me prepare. From keepeing money at home, stock food and emergency lighting, have a strong defense because it takes 911 a while to respond, to make good friends with your neighbors, to bring civically responsible. So, how about you?