Ten Things FEMA doesn’t want you to know about

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Preppers are leery about even visiting a FEMA camp following a catastrophe and with good reason. There are things FEMA doesn’t want you to know about!

Ten Things FEMA doesn't want you to know about

  • Most notably, is this fact: Before September 11, 2002, FEMA concentrated its funds (and efforts) on preparedness for natural disasters; however now, FEMA has become a sort of step child of the Homeland Security to focus on terrorism. Indeed monies were diverted to fight terrorism (instead of natural disasters), and many preppers argue that this is the biggest failure of the horrific events of recent natural disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Money and resources were diverted from FEMA for natural disasters to fund homeland security, and as a result, there are things that FEMA doesn’t want to divulge to the general public. Here is that list…

Ten Things FEMA Doesn’t Want the Public to Know

#1. FEMA doesn’t want you to know that…you might not qualify for assistance. Losses must have occurred in an area covered by a disaster declaration. Also, you must also file a claim through your insurance company. Will you get disaster help if you have insurance? Possibly, but likely not. Even if you do qualify, FEMA wants your first course of action to be with the American Red Cross to find an open shelter where you can also get food and water.  Want to file a claim?

#2. FEMA doesn’t want you to know that… You must apply for FEMA assistance by Web or phone! That’s right! You can’t just show up for help. Check the link yourself and see that FEMA has three online steps to apply for assistance.  It’s shocking because you probably won’t be able to use your cell phone or computer to apply in your time of need. Likely, public libraries also won’t be available to lend you a computer either. Where do you go? The answer again is the American Red Cross.

#3. FEMA doesn’t want you to know that…They might not have enough food and water for you, particularly if there is a large scale disaster, like an EMP or solar flare. Remember, the American Red Cross takes care of the initial meals and snacks, not FEMA. Most preppers know this basic fact, which is why we prep. The general mass of public is still currently unaware.

#4 FEMA doesn’t want you to know that…Even if they have resources, they may be too overwhelmed to send them to you. Incredible, but true. Sometimes it’s just a phone call from a superior while food, water and ice trucks await commands. Call it protocol or red tape, but FEMA has had incidences of emergency supplies just sitting at camps waiting for orders to disperse them.

#5. FEMA doesn’t want you to know that… Food kits distributed by FEMA in the past have been tainted. In fact:

#6. FEMA doesn’t want you to know that… FEMA trailers were toxic (and they knew it)! Occupants of FEMA trailers along the Gulf Coast who were afflicted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 had breathing difficulties, headaches and nosebleeds. Previously the Sierra club warned FEMA about formaldehyde levels in the trailers, but FEMA dismissed the problem.

#7. FEMA doesn’t want you to know… They mailed 83,000 debt notices to Hurricane Victims. That’s right. FEMA wanted their money back because they overpaid federal aid amounting to more than $385 million to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma at an average of approximately $4,622 per recipient.

#8. FEMA doesn’t want you to know that…They have massive amounts of coffins ready. Every large corporate office has an emergency contingency plan and also has a plan to deal with the dead, including body bags and toe tags. FEMA is no different, but they are certainly expecting massive calamity in ordering the coffins!

#9. FEMA doesn’t want you to know that…They can’t send enough people to rescue everyone, and you may be in double jeopardy (and FEMA is ill-equipped to handle simultaneous emergencies). FEMA simply isn’t equipped to send massive scale help during a disaster, particularly disasters which pose multiple threats:

  • Hurricanes often present a double danger they can’t handle. (A flood often follows a hurricane). FEMA is not equipped to handle a hurricane followed by a flood, because that’s essentially two disasters and FEMA is overwhelmed. Such was the criticism of FEMA by Louisiana’s largest newspaper in an open letter to President Obama on the failures to respond Hurricane Katrina. With flood comes another problem, contamination of the water supply. Even bottled waters are contaminated if they reach flood waters, and you should not drink them.

  • Earthquakes present a double danger, too. (Fires often follow earthquakes). Again FEMA is often ill-equipped to handle simultaneous emergencies of rescuing people who are entrapped and handling the fires.FEMA’s.


#10: FEMA doesn’t want you to know that… They’ll order you out, but they won’t help you get out of harm’s way
. Many residents didn’t want to leave there homes during Hurricane Katrina, but for the most part it was the lack of money and transportation that prevented victims from following FEMA’s orders to flee during  Hurricane Katrina. For this important reason, we prep!

Want to learn where is the FEMA camp closest to you? Not that you ever want to visit a FEMA camp, but in case you’re curious, check out this  article listing the FEMA camps and you’ll find the one closest in your area. There are

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