After events like the recent earthquake in Japan (Hi Benji!) it's easy to think about the people and their loved ones and then what if something of that magnitude happens here? Am I ready? Are we ready? Here in CA we have had our share of shakes and at the house an in the trunk (though not in the Roadster) we have the usual water, flashlights, radio, etc. but what about an energy/fuel independent lifestyle and how it relates to emergency preparedness? Assuming a 9.0 sized global apocalyptic event without the double pain of a tsunami to deal with, what kind of investment would it take? If still standing, can solar panels run your house when the power goes out? Can use (or should you) use your Electric car to power your house? Can you charge you car on your solar panels when grid power goes out? How about investing in a Zero type electric motorcycle so you can drive over rubble independent of outside fuel sources? Can you trade energy for food? Other ideas? Yes this is a thought exercise for a worst case senario assuming something on the level of The World made by Hand for fun but worth thinking about.