No matter how much you have put aside and preppared, no matter how much you enjoy life and no matter how lucky you are after an event with the weather and circumstances your survival is by no way guaranteed.
You just have to read the news and you find people that have survived various terrible and unsurvivable ordeals and come through. These people just react to their situation and do what is necessary to live. They adapt to the situation and do whatever is necessary, chewing off their own arm if it comes to that. Just to survive.
In the same news you see there are others who do not do as well when things go wrong. They lose their homes or their jobs and they see that as the end of the world and they just curl up and die or kill themselves because they see no other way to life and are unwilling to adapt to changing circumstances. You look and those and think they are crazy. When an event occurs even sane people will wonder if there is any point to go on. There will be a lot of these.
Many will fight and survive because they will have something to fight for. Kids or family or they may even be a born survivor. There will be a few of them and many will be criminals.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives… nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. – Charles Darwin
All your preps do is help you when things get a bit tight and if there is an event they help you survive and make life just that bit easier. They help you and your family make the transition to a new style of living.
Your state of mind though is a lot more important than any other preps you can make. That is why educating yourself and thinking about options and scenarios is one of the most important things you can do.
After that every tin, every item that you store improves your chances.