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How to use FEMA as a tool to quietly spread the word about prepping

I’m warning you right up front, this article uses the “F” word repeatedly.

FEMA.

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.

FEMA Director Urges Americans to Develop “a true culture of preparedness” But No One Is Listening

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.

The takeaway from this article? FEMA is as mainstream as anybody can get, and Ready.gov is a tool that we as preppers can use to spread the word and use for your own version of  Inclusive Prepping™.

 



Salty

4 Comments

  1. It’s kinda too bad that Mr. Long’s message about a “culture of preparedness” was so overwhelmed with the bigger message — government needs to do it.

    Seems like a variation on the chicken-and-the-egg dilemma. What came first, the Nanny State or the Sheeple. The symbiotic relationship between the two is anything but healthy.

    — Mic

  2. Truth, and I get a ton of pushback on my social media accounts (my personal ones) whenever I post about how “we the people” should be “we, the people”.

    Example, I wrote a post about how we, the people (i.e. PERSONALLY) need to become much more engaged and financially supportive to local mental heath providers to help those who need help but who can’t afford it.

    You guessed it, there was a huge level of pushback with statements like “that’s the government’s job”.

    No, really, it’s not. We the people need to take care of we, the people.

    After Sandy Hook, I heard somebody say “people always talk about improving mental health, but that’s all it is, just talk”. Spice and I had a conversation about it, and she suggested that we put our money where our mouth is. We have a friend who has a counseling office, she works with families that are having mental health issues. We decided to create a mental health fund with here, we put $100 a month into that fund and she can use that money to give help to people who otherwise couldn’t afford it (she matches our donation with a like amount pro-bono). She sends us reports on a regular basis about how the money has been used. We are helping to save marriages, keep families together, keep parents in their homes with their children, helping people to keep employed and helping the suicidal.

    $100 a month doesn’t sound like much to some people, but to us it’s real money. We are not wealthy. Still, it’s what we can do. Nobody here in town knows we do it, we aren’t doing it for recognition, in fact we don’t want recognition… it’s too small of a town. She just informs people that she has a sponsor that helps pay, and that’s it.

    We are who we choose to be.

    • Good point about We, the People. One of the morally toxic side-effects of modern socialism is that when someone’s welfare is “everyone’s business,” it becomes nobody’s business.

      Great to hear about your supporting local helpers. We have a few of those too. As our pastor often says, it’s the church’s responsibility to tend to the poor, widows, orphans, not the government’s. So, we do. It is interesting how I’ve yet to see anyone coming to our food pantry expressing a “right” to the food, or demanding more of something.

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