When I first moved to California in 1990, I was told by Stanford's campus housing people to keep an earthquake emergency box on hand at all times. Its contents included a radio, flashlights, warm clothes, medical supplies and a few other items. Later in Boston, I stuck with the idea, but added stuff suited to hurricanes, blizzards and extreme cold. After Sept. 11, the kit got still bigger - food, water, fuel, camping supplies, even weapons. It became known as the Anarchy Closet.