...I might be willing to respond on something like the Northridge quake, where there is no damage in my area. However I am not about to leave my home unprotected, without gas, electricity, water or telephone if there is looting and civil unrest and the police are stretched so thin that they cannot adequately cope."
It may not be possible to make preparations for every eventuality, but it starts with our personal view point. There is no "right" or "wrong" perspective or reaction. Each must chose. Experience does show that there are those whose dedication is at such a level that the concerns expressed are transcended by their own choice. It depends on ones personal priorities. There are instances of response in face of total personal loss, as well as all conditions in between. Again: it's your choice. Whatever you chose is right for you.