The term “preparedness,” in its most literal sense, is the state of being ready. To those who have encountered events that caused them to act supernaturally in the face of all odds, however, preparedness isn’t so much a state of readiness, but rather the ability to respond quickly and responsibly.
In the case of natural disasters, achieving a level of comfortable preparedness isn’t simply a matter of knowing that the impossible might happen, but also the physical means to survive after the fact. Having the tools and supplies to answer the destruction brought on by these natural disasters can supplement the mindset to survive. In the days after a catastrophic event, physical supplies will only be as useful if the user has the knowledge demanded to use them.