I have been in "bad" neighborhood and seen how they put bars on their windows and are armed with guns. I have seen how "river people" build their houses high up off the ground. Although the Dakotas, and many other states don't worry about high winds and floods I noticed that they are very prepared for the hard winters they know they are likely to have. On our coast lines and outer islands they rush by the millions to evacuate when told to do so. Where does Cuba, Okinawa, The Philippines, evacuate to during typhoons and hurricanes? They don't... there is no place to run.
Most of us have a flashlight in a handy to find in the dark place just incase the power should go off for a little while. Now think on a larger scale. If it is likely to happen in your area be prepared for it. Remember all the fallout shelters built in the late 50's and 60's?