Knowing that you are prepared for when an emergency or disaster strikes gives you piece of mind, as well as a leg up when that emergency or disaster happens. The best thing you can do is to make a response plan for the most common disasters and be ready to implement it. Oregon Heritage Mentor Corps has compiled a list of publications with simple steps you can take in preparing and responding to emergencies, as well as some more technical ones. They also offer sample disaster preparedness and response plans on the website.