Independent civilian groups like the Cajun Navy, a citizen group who joined together to save thousands of U.S. Citizens during horrific natural disasters, are the true definition of America. As Americans, we can learn and be prepared to help our neighbors. We shouldn’t rely on the Federal Government stepping in for everything. We should allow trained and armed (boats, snow plows, ATVs, generators, rescue equipment, etc.) members of the community to come to the aid of our fellow Americans by allowing limited tax deductions for emergency equipment purchases. Incentives, including tax incentives, should be in place to encourage Americans to take care of each other. This extends also to encouraging families to grow their own food for themselves and their communities. Tax deductions and incentives save American tax dollars. Natalie Fleming believes that Americans can and should take care of neighbors, individuals are the first line of defense.