...think about two things, 1.) take what is offered and 2.) realize you're on your own. Offered for discussion: 1.) As many of us develop stockpiles and stores and we can sustain ourselves for a bit longer than most, there's another side to it. If you don't que up when the FEMA truck pulls up and starts handing out MRE's and water, people might notice. We may assume incorrectly that once FEMA responds it's heading toward recovery, but what if that's a flash in the pan as they reprioritize and effort is shifted for either pragmatic or politically correct reasons. The problem might be a long way from being over but if you're not lining up to get water and MRE's, some will notice. If the trucks stop coming, the other people might visit you because they know or think you have enough that you weren't in need before. 2.) I guess I'm culturally white, but most wouldn't identify me that way if you saw me, so this is perhaps a fair perspective: There's a dark reality. Some believe that economically depressed minority areas are priorities, not white suburbanites and rural residents. The belief behind this is, many white are better at prepping and they do less media complaining than other groups due to societal expectations and it makes for better press photos when relief is given to minorities. This came up during Katrina where entire white neighborhoods were bypassed. For many here, your area is not a priority. It's better to believe that and therefore, be better prepared. In areas with less diversity, this isn't an issue. During a disaster response type briefing at a local city a long time ago, I remember the instructor, who spoke surprisingly frankly saying "If there's a nursing home, problems on Hilltop (a minority area), and a middle class white suburban neighborhood all in trouble following a distaster, where do you think they're going to send the assets? Where do you think the news crews are going to be? You're on your own."