We live in a small town, surrounded by woods on a country road with either neighbor living about 300 ft. and 400 ft. away respectively(through the woods.) If the worst were to happen, we are prepared in terms of water, food(now up to a year's worth for 4 people), and other basics as well. One set of neighbors is an older couple who've been here all their lives, hard-working, self-sufficient and with plenty of country know- how. Salt of the earth, religiious, farmer/carpenter...We enjoy their company and I hang out with the wife(shopping, talking tips, etc.). We would not hesitate to take them in if need be and share resources. The other neighbors are a couple in their forties who have 4 children under 6 y.o.a., live quite beyond their means, laid off, just found a job paying far less than the job he voluntarily left last year. She's a SAHM. Nice enough, but always asking for something. Hurting for money and I fear that they may lose the house if they don't get their act together and learn to live more frugally. They won't be able to sustain their standard of living at the rate they're going: AC on all the time, no clothesline, high utility bills, you know the drill. She just had a baby and I suspect that this time next year she'll be with child again. Not my business, but it is what it is. I doubt they've thought in terms of being prepared for a worst cast scenario and currently they're receiving food stamps and MA health, although probably not too much longer. My husband told me to wait and see and said, "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it." when I asked him what our moral obligation would be and what would we do if there were an interruption in services of any kind, necessitating initiation of our survival plan. Has this issue ever been discussed here? What are your thoughts? I'm not a cold-hearted person, but I do believe in being as self-sustaining and sufficient as possible and have given up alot of luxuries in order to achieve that goal. I really cold use some advice. If this thread is not appropriate for this forum, please let me know.