The radical hospitality issue long distance becomes much more relevance if there were an enemy-induced event (nuclear, for example) in one city, making an area permanently uninhabitable. The US is not ready for that.
Update: Sept. 11
"The Survival Mom" on Facebook weighs in here.
Update: Sept. 12
Richard Cohen talks about breaking down our social bubbles with national service, also talks about th draft, which he doesn't think can ever come back. But the problem is national service could be continue intermittently for all age groups if someone wanted o push it.
Update: Sept. 14
WJLA7 in Washington reports on people doing 3-week volunteer camp-outs in the Caribbean islands but did not have a URL for the story.
Update: Sept. 24
There is an important article and discussion on The Survivor Mom's Facebook thread about the situation in SE Texas, with comments about the supposed ineffectiveness of the Red Cross, link here.