The weather has turned particularly menacing and you've been forced to flee. A well-provisioned survival pack can mean the difference between life and death for your family. And while many realize the importance of being prepared, few families are. Organizing a disaster survival pack can ensure peace of mind, knowing your loved ones are prepared for the worst.

FEMA recommends an emergency backpack with enough supply to get a family through three days. Emergency BackpackRemembering that store runs probably won't be a possibility, it is important that your kit contain all the necessary survival supplies. Many merchants offer pre-assembled survival packs, but creating one yourself isn't tough.

Designate a spot in the house for your survival backpack. It should be easily accessible and light enough to carry in a hurry. Duffle bags, trash cans and plastic bins work well as storage containers. Oftentimes, disasters don't announce themselves, so kit manageability is paramount. It's advised that survival packs be stored in a cool, dry place safe from pests. Food should be collected in tight-fitting metal or hard plastic containers, whereas other items, like important documents and matches, can be placed in sealed plastic bags. Remember to reassess your family's needs each year and update emergency products accordingly.

Your survival pack should include a long list of emergency survival gear. Items like; water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, matches, can opener and cash rank highest. Although clothing, flashlights, hygiene items, whistle, emergency blanket and photocopies of credit cards, bank account information and identification are also pertinent to a well-stocked survival pack. Consider your climate. If you live in an area with severe winters, pack additional cold-weather gear. And don't forget food and water for the four-legged family members.

FEMA recommends storing, at minimum, one gallon of water per person per day. For larger families, that can add up to a lot of liquid. Keep in mind that stored water should be changed every six months. Write the date on the bottles to keep track. Similarly, emergency survival food should be monitored and replaced if passed expiration. Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables make acceptable food choices. Dried cereals, peanut butter and high-energy foods are also smart choices. Don't forget to throw in some comfort food choices.

No one wants to think about surviving a disaster. But being prepared is more than just a Boy Scout motto, especially where family is concerned. Flood, fire, earthquake, terrorist attack-the potential for disaster always looms. But disaster survival is possible with proper survival preparedness.