Our area's population is very similar to Quake's. As I mentioned, many of us have discussed possible scenarios with our neighbors, and we plan on protecting our families, homes, and community. I wonder about those critiquing me; do they even know their neighbors' names? And for what it's worth, we KNOW that there is greater strength in numbers, hence the folks all pulling together. You might be surprised just how fast a couple of farm tractors can put up a road-block, or build a protective berm. In the event of major problems, most of us have farm ponds with water to filter and fish to eat! And just about everybody has a garden of various sizes. We know that any type of governmental help will go to the large urban areas, or at least those with bigger populations. We WILL take care of our own; and I AM a VietNam Grunt veteran who still hunts!..