I think it goes without saying (but, I will) that many, if not most of us here understand the importance of being prepared. Just as I'm sure many of us understand that most of those around us are NOT prepared for catastrophic events. Just imagine if there were a much larger catastrophic event that effected most of the country. What if the emergency services that are available failed to address the needs of such a massive population? What if such an event lasted longer than a few days or weeks? It may be remote but, it is possible. Either way, being prepared can't be argued against as being foolish.