I think experts and the media are, in part, using this as an opportunity to just remind people that they should be prepared in general. At least that’s the tone a lot of the media outlets have taken here in Canada.
I live in an earthquake zone and it’s been drilled into me since I was a kid that everyone should have an earthquake kit. Food and water and other supplies to get by for a few days or a week without outside help (and in the case of an earthquake, without water or electricity). Do most people have a kit? Nope! We had a big windstorm about 15 years ago that led to a boil-water advisory for two weeks. Within two days the stores were completely sold out of bottled water. The local media went, “What if this had been an earthquake? What if stores were unavailable? Clearly no one actually had a few days of water stored in their homes… What would people do if they couldn’t just run out and buy water?” I doubt anything has changed today. In fact, it may be worse because I think many people don’t actually keep food around anymore, they just rely on meal delivery, take out, eating out, and an occasional run to the grocery store.
I am by no means a “prepper” (if the apocalypse happened, I’d be dead) but everyone should be prepared to a small degree, and the vast majority of people don’t even have that on their radar.