I’m warning you right up front, this article uses the “F” word repeatedly.
There, I said it.
Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Those people”.
If you are reading this, you already know that we need to prep. One of the biggest goals of the 3BY project, however, is to give you the tools and encourage you to spread the word through social media with your non-prepping friends in an effort to make basic prepping mainstream.
Remember, it is in everybody’s best interest that more people prep, even if it’s just a little.
FEMA is as mainstream as it gets in America, they are “the man”. They are the elephant in the room of prepping and disaster preparedness.
To me, the question becomes how can we use FEMA to help further the 3BY mission of Inclusive Prepping™.
What got me thinking about this? I read this excellent article in The Organic Prepper. First, let me share it with you.
Again, I keep coming back to the fact that, in America, you can’t get more mainstream than the US Government. Whatever you may think of FEMA (personally, I’m not a fan in any way, shape or form of them) they are the “official” government-appointed overloads of disaster (read that any way you will).
The key takeaway is that FEMA (or at least it’s director) wants every household doing SOME basic preps.
FEMA Director Brock Long states: “I really think that we have a long way to go to create a true culture of preparedness within our citizenry in America. No American, no citizen, no visitor to this country is immune to disaster. And we have a long way to go to get people to understand the hazards based on where they dwell, where they work, and how to be prepared financially, how to be prepared through insurance, how to have continuity of operations plans for their businesses, so that we can avoid the suffering, the strife, and the loss of life. It’s truly disappointing that people won’t heed the warnings.
Here’s the video of the man, at work in downtown FEMAville.
“I think that the last 35 days or so have been a gut check for Americans that we do not have a true culture of preparedness in this country” he continues. “And we’ve got a lot of work to do.
Whether it’s in education and being ready, it’s not just saying, hey, have three days worth of supplies ready to go. It’s greater than that. It’s also people having the finances and the savings to be able to overcome simple emergencies.
We have to hit the reset button and create a true culture of preparedness starting at a very young age and filtering all the way up.”
He’s right, and it’s refreshing to hear somebody with a FEMA logo on his chest talking about this stuff.
FEMA’s got a website, Ready.gov, that has all kinds of prepping recommendations for various situations, but of course for preppers we don’t think it goes nearly far enough.
Still, if people did nothing more than followed those recommendations during a short to moderate length term disaster, it would help all of us.