An intelligent and well constructed response of the exact kind I was hoping to illicit from this group. THANK-YOU. I will never be a refugee or be dependent on the government or neighbors. However, knowing where there's a pile of wood or a vacant school building with solid locking doors is useful intel. For over twenty-five years I've been preparing for everything from being able to repair a rip in my pants at work, to being able to get my car out of the snow, to having supplies in my car if I can't get it out of the snow, to having enough food and water stored to get through four weeks comfortably with my wife and children without needing to leave the house, along with the necessary supplies to board up my house without going to Home Depot. I have flashlights, candles, batteries, tools, gasoline etc etc etc etc. I'm prepared and not reliant on needing to take anything from anyone else. Should anyone decide they want some of my stuff.... well, there's also a few thousand rounds of ammunition and the associated hardware to utilize it. I've had multiple classes on firearms usage and medical training. Despite all this I do not consider myself one hundred percent ready. I never will be. Prepping isn't about stuff. It's a mindset. My children are prepared. In 30 minutes I'm taking my six year old to his karate class, because I want him prepared.