As part of CERT I received a flyer to attend a COPE "Map Your Neighborhood" event. I may attend, because I'm (1) curious and (2) suspicious. It's FEMA-based, and I think it may be .gov's way of knowing who is prepping; I believe the idea is to knock on neighbor's doors and see if they're prepared (?) and to see who's not prepared, but I won't know until I attend. Brochure says: "Statistics show that 90% of all survivors of disasters are rescued by other survivors. It may be up to you to save the life of another or you may depend on your neighbors to rescue you or your loved ones....[We] identify skills and equipment each neighbor has that may help in such a event, create a neighborhood map pinpointing the locations of all natural gas meters and compile a contact list that includes the names of neighborhood residents who may need extra help in a disaster such as the elderly, people with disabilities, or children who are home alone during certain times of the day." Some of you will undoubtedly say "Don't Go!" because this will raise my profile as a potential prepper. Yes, well...I'm already there with my CERT certification, and my Neighborhood Watch duties, and my Emergency Radio Net association. So I don't see any additional harm coming from this, that I haven't sustained already. But I am powerfully curious what FEMA is up to with their grassroots preparedness effort. Obviously I would not admit to preparing anything (other than the ham radio, I'll admit that, it's documented and known). But what I'm most curious about is, does FEMA request the information that's collected? Or does it stay local? Anybody want to bet??? I'd like to hear from all those guys who mockingly said that "You're too small to bother, the government isn't interested in you, the government won't come to take any of your preps" from my "Funk" thread. This is your chance to reassure me that the government has no interest in any citizen's preparations and would not commandeer what they "need" in an event. Or that they're checking to see who is illegally leaving children home alone. And while you're at it, please also reassure me that .gov wouldn't be creating an army of "lovable do-gooder neighbor spies" to get the information that wouldn't be given to, say, LEOs knocking on the door.