With the crisis in Haiti going on, right off our own coast it has made me once again think about my preparations and disaster readiness. There is an island nation that can not get enough help fast enough and in many cases folks are now fleeing the cities for the countryside to get help/food/medical attention. There isn't a lot of law and order from what I've read right now as the country is in ruins. Ok, so this is how it relates to us here in the USA ... (or whichever country you are from) If a natural or man made disaster knocked out all major water/sanitation/food/transportation/medical/ how many folks are prepared enough to last the amount of time needed for a relief effort? As bad as it sounds, how long until looting, shooting, roving gangs start to effect the populace who wasn't prepared? A thought provoking article I just read this morning... If you turned off your main breaker in the house.. shut off your water at the main and tossed your car keys.... how long would you be able to survive? how long would your preps last you? If the worst did happen could you defend your family from the hungry, sick, and lonely who want what you have?