Disaster preparation should be considered a duty to yourself, your family, and your community (do you really want to be a burden on your community when they have to come rescue you, or do you want to be part of the rescue response team?). No one wants disasters to happen, and most would prefer not to think about them. But ignoring a threat does not make it go away!
If you live in California, then you know that the “Big One” could occur at any moment. But it isn’t just Californians who are at risk of disaster from an earthquake. A USGS map shows that HALF of Americans living in the continental USA are at risk of damages from earthquakes (the number is even higher when you calculate in earthquake-prone Alaska and Hawaii). That means 143 million people are at risk!