What would we need if we were involved in a disaster? Obviously the situation would vary but assuming you had the opportunity to take along several items these might come in handy.
The Boy Scout Fieldbook (get the old one 1973)
A preparedness guide. Using a compass, building fires, making shelters, cleaning fish, animal track identification, first aid, tying knots, etc.
US Army Survival Manual FM21-76
Reprint of the Dept of the Army Field Manual
The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook
The Forager's Harvest- A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer
Large color plates
Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Steven Foster and James A Duke
A field guide with color plates
Sawyer Water Filter
Cleans up to 500 gallons of bacteria free water (Wal-Mart)
emergency water tablets (not needed to use the above)
First Aid Kit
Medications- see if you can get an extra prescription- like when you are going on an extended vacation and they prescribe a bit more
Bag of rice
Magnesium fire starter (like flint)
pocket saw (it's a sharp band)
Knife Sharpening Kit
pocket knife , Leatherman (multi tool), K-bar (fighting and survival)
lock blade that flips open (for one hand use)
Cards and Card games
Game rule book
Musical instrument if available and you play.
Remember, these are all great to have, and I think you should be prepared, but you also need to have faith. Some bloggers will say faith alone is enough but it reminds me of that joke:
There was a flood and the water rose clear up to rootop level. A man climbed onto his roof to save himself from drowning. A rescue worker in a boat made his way to the house and offered to take the man to safety. No, the man said, he was waiting for God to save him. So he waited. Again, another boat pulls up and offers to take the man to safety. Once again, the man declines.
Soon the man is overcome and dies from exposure. When he approaches the Pearly Gates he asks St Peter why God would have forgotten him. "Forgot you?" St Peter replied, "he sent two boats!"