I’d like to add a few more hints. Please feel free to add more in the comments.
First, consider additional smaller kits tailored for you office and car. If you’re caught at work or on the road, these kits can tide you over until you make it home.
For your car in particular, include jumper cables, a substantial (ie, not a “toy”) battery-powered air pump and simple tire patch kit (your chances of having a flat dramatically increase when there’s debris everywhere), and a portable booster kit (an enclosed battery to jump start your car; remember to recharge it every few months) — I know from experience that all of these are great to have.
Second, check with your employer to see what their emergency plans are, alternate communication schemes, and provision for stranded employees.
Third, if you have your home computers hooked up to a UPS, shut down and turn off your equipment as soon as you can after a power failure. Then turn off the UPS. During Hurricane Katrina, I used mine to charge my cell phone several times. You can also use it to power small radios and TVs.
image: NASA, Hurricane Katrina August 28 2005 NASA.jpg, Wikipedia
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