Suggestions would be great for Teal to give us but that nearly impossible for her to do because everyone's situation is different.
So, the big three: food, water, security/shelter.
Currently I believe food and security are being threatened. Food: find local, non- supermarket sources. Make friends with your local farmers. Plant a community garden, get involved with a co-op, START a co-op. Security is trickier for those who have no desire or background with firearms, but community can solve that. Get your community together, get to know your neighbors. Be honest, make it clear you wish to come together for security. Security in numbers- watch out for eachother and suspicious activity, create an emergency phone chain so there is someone to call OTHER than 911 if you think you need help with something.
Think outside the box.