In An Old-Fashioned Girl, our plucky heroine plus her boss and his housekeeper are snowed in for several days. They quickly run out of flour and Patience is reduced to making a bread-like creations out of potatoes. First of all, bread from potatoes? Cool. Second, it's January out in the boonies of Norfolk and the locals warn the housekeeper that a blizzard is coming. Who wouldn't do a little judicious stocking up of the larder at this point?
Being snowed-in is the most common natural disaster in Neeldom (I can think of several books that use this particular trope). Heavy rains/flooding would come in second, and there are at least two books that have earthquakes. Man made/caused disasters mentioned include fire and bombs.
While we here in the Northwest enjoyed a mild winter this year, many of the Betty's on the East Coast were subjected to snow storm after snow storm. Many in the East also had devastating floods. More recently there have been tornadoes in the Plains States. My question is, if any of these affected you, were you prepared for it, or did you have to sacrifice a house pet to survive?
FEMA and the American Red Cross have an Emergency Preparedness Checklist (linked to here). Swing by and give it a look-see.
Climbing down from my soapbox....