Saturday, December 1, 2012

Daily Briefing For Saturday, December 1, 2012

Is FEMA Wrong?

I get a tremendous amount of emails from various prepper blogs and sites.  Most of these usually encourage me to buy some product or book that will keep me out of the FEMA Camp or from starving when the stores go empty.  Fear sells, of course (Don't I know it!), and so I suspect these vendors have a fair amount of success in pitching their wares.

Today, I received an email from one vendor with the subject line "FEMA Was Wrong."  According to the email:

FEMA suggests that every citizen be prepared and have the supplies to survive for at least 72 hours after a disaster. FEMA is wrong. Here’s why:

So many factors can cause a massive delay before help arrives, if it does at all. My family was trapped for 7 days without power or any basic utilities, before any help arrived and even then all they were able to do was drop off a few cases of water before returning to areas left in even worse condition.

It was a full two weeks before the crews arrived to clear the debris and life was able to get back to normal.

According to the FEMA website, the government encourages you to have three days worth of food and water in the event of an emergency

Yet a month later, some affected by Hurricane Sandy are still without power, water and food.  If those folks were completely prepared by FEMA's three day standards, they would still be suffering now.

Given that, just how long should people be prepared to live without assistance?  I have to think 90 days worth of food and water, per person, needs to be a minimum for anyone serious about wanting to be prepared for the typical calamity.  This is especially true for those living in high risk areas for hurricanes and earthquakes.

What do you think?  How much food and water should the average person have?

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