I agree with a lot you said tweva. I wonder if the grid went down how long the hospitals would operate. Generators run our of fuel after a short time. How many medical staff would show up for work and leave their families unattended. I think within a few weeks the hospitals would just be places of death and would be looted. Everyone who could not take care of themselves would be gone. The elder care facilities would be abandoned by their staff. The helpless would be abandoned and die very quickly. One way a homestead could help would be to grow and stock up a large supply of food by preserving through canning, smoking and dehydrating foods at a very low cost compared with buying mountain house freeze dried foods. In this day of anti gun people, how many people are even prepared to defend themselves against intruders. There is no good answer so I guess we should just each prepare ourselves with knowledge and prep the best we can.