How would you handle this common situation, post disaster? Following a natural disaster, which your neighborhood weathered without significant damage, but with a loss of landlines, power, and water, you're assessing damage when you see a small group approach, moving with self appointed seriousness. In the lead is Bob, a personable type, smiling, using his act of calm, caring amid the chaos. Others are following like toadies. Bob walks up and shakes your hand. "Hello, I think we met at that picnic a few months back. I'm Bob Anders. This is Joe and Pete. We're checking on folks, seeing how everyone is doing." You answer with a guarded "We're doing fine." That's when Bob tells you, accurately, that those with radios have been informed it's regional devestation with an unlikelihood of essential services being re-established in the very near future, so it looks like everyone should pull together, work together to make it easier. This sounds reasonable so far. You've concerns regarding security. Then it comes... "Joe here tells me that he's seen that you had a lot of food delivered and that you probably have enough to share. What we're thinking is everyone bring resources like stored food and water together to a central point so we can share it, distribute it, equally, OK, Buddy?" If this isn't likely due to your unique circumstances, then you can avoid the dicussion, but for those of us with neighbors, how should we handle this situation? I've been thinking through some possibilities. Normally no good deed goes unpunished. If you feed a dog, it won't leave. But there might be more to this... A gut instinct might be to reach down and rest your hand on your holstered pistol and tell them to keep moving. HOWEVER, imagine if you've got a whole lot of inexpensive stuff just for such a circumstance, like oatmeal, pasta, all sorts of bulky stuff that looks substantial but is inexpensive, and you 'enthusiastically' hand it over, and then use that as leverage to get help from the others who didn't contribute as much? Our past method was pretty good too... I've taught my children when they were kids-post disaster, if anyone asks if we have anything, immediately ask if they have enough themselves to share. This might end the conversation... "How are you guys fixed for food?" "Glad you brought up, you got some to spare?" This ends those conversations quick! I do this with panhandlers. "Hey man, you got seventy-five cents? That will get me on the bus." "Nah, none to spare, you got a buck?"