Hi sewknot, I don’t actually know who would take care of what in an “actual” emergency. Although we live “within” a large urban area (that is better at creating human crises than dealing with them), we’re far enough outside the core that it’s just essential to be at least somewhat self sufficient. Being told to “call the Red Cross” just rubbed me wrong. Of course the original sentiment was well intended, it just came off as condescending and rather naive. The only evacuation we’ve ever experienced was in the 2020 wildfires and that was complete pandemonium, from our perspective. Virtually the entire county (over 400,000 souls) was at some level of evacuation notice. Much of the county is served by little two lane country roads. It appeared to us that there was no coordination of any sort. Official response to actually dealing with the displaced population just seemed to be panic, knee-jerk decision making. But I’m sure the Red Cross was an important presence. Somewhere. I wasn’t disrespecting the Red Cross.