What are we really preparing for..... This is too true. If we lose sight of the reality (and start believing that we're really preparing for zombies) then we'll STILL remain unprepared for the real emergencies which REALLY WILL happen. Whether it's an earthquake, snowstorm, hurricane, cyberattack (or kinetic attack) on critical infrastructure; other terrorist attack (though Mother Nature has consistently topped anything a terrorist might even dream of); meltdown of a local nuclear power plant; or 'merely' a multi-day/week power outage caused by any number of things. These are the things we need to prepare for. Keeping vehicle gas tanks full (a lesson that NEVER seems to get learned); a few days of edible food and drinkable water on hand; a generator (that doesn't have multi-year-old gas in it); maybe some iodine tablets if you live near said nuclear power plant; some water purification capability; some lighting (propane lantern w/multiple propane bottles); some firewood; flashlights; batteries; maybe a propane stove or other way to cook; and most importantly, coffee and some way to make espresso. - - - Updated - - - To the point of the original question: I can't think of a better vehicle to weather any storm in than a 4x4 2500 Suburban with the biggest honkin' engine that'll fit and some moderately aggressive M&S tires. If you had a medium sized Airstream trailer to go along with it that would be even better.