The failure of FEMA shows again after hurricane Sandy
Well, there you have it. Another massive disaster for FEMA to cope with and it’s showing the same failure patterns it always has. Too little too late. Too slow. Too distant.
It’s a thing about size, mass, momentum, inertia, any organism whether of government or nature, the bigger it is, the less responsive and efficient it is. The longer it takes to change course, as the Titanic dodging icebergs illustrate.
Romney’s idea of cutting federal spending on FEMA and redirecting it’s main responsibilities to the states has been, of course, ridiculed by the leftist media and big government democrats, who NEVER want to see any government agency trimmed, let alone be (gasp!) done away with. But, if the states had their OWN, more efficient plans for such disasters, it would be FAR more efficient in response, have more knowledge of their own likely problems, such as areas prone to flooding near our great rivers, earthquakes on the west coast, wildfires, or where the population is most poor and likely to need the most help. They could have their warehouses full of expected needs within their own borders, as close by as a few miles but no further than a hundred or so. They could be right on top of things FAR sooner than FEMA, that has to send people in ahead to determine what they will need, then get their logistics team on the problems, load up stuff from their warehouses hundreds of miles away and ship it to the locations required. But, it is what it is and the people are stuck with it until we can make it better.
This massive storm has yet again demonstrated the prudence of ‘prepping’, in preparing your home and family to the best of your budget and ability for the unknown future events that happen somewhere, all the time. So, assuming your home had survived the storm, if you’re just the average Joe and you didn’t have anything but a couple boxes of cereal and a can of tuna in your pantry, no alternative lighting but a flashlight with dead batteries, the water’s cut off and who knows how long it will be before the lights are back on. What are you going to do? You’ll be out there with the thousands of other average Joes scrounging for supplies, gasoline and food.
Not saying I’m some kind of complete guru on every single survival subject, I will say that I cover these items in my book Surviving Urban Crisis
First thing you’ll need is the luck to make it thru the storm with your house and family intact, at least to the degree you can stay in your house without fear of it caving in on you. Now, if you had 6 weeks of canned and dry goods in your pantry along with alternative methods to cook the food, how much better off would you be? If you had planned ahead with emergency water storage in your garage or bathtub? If you, as I do, keep at least a half tank of fuel in your vehicle and 20 gallons safely stored in a backyard building? Keeping warm, if you had alternative heat source, like infrared LP propane heaters or a fireplace and a well stocked woodpile.
The thing about prepping is that you don’ t have to rush out (most of the time) and grab all this gear on a weekend, spending hundreds of dollars all at one shot. No, it’s quite easy. When you’re shopping, keep an eye out for buy one, get one free specials. Take advantage of those kinds of deals, stash the extras aside. Things that are on your typical shopping list is exactly what you need for your survival pantry, the canned and dried foods (noodles, rice, beans) that you already buy. Add an extra for items you normally buy and stash the item. Change habits like the half tank of gas at all times. Make family plans if your people are anywhere close by, where to meet, who has the best location after the event. Get LED lighting devices, like ‘lanterns’ and flashlights which last far longer on a set of batteries than the old ones. And lastly, consider personal firearms to protect you and yours from roaming looters. Fox news was interviewing a young man in a devastated neighborhood in New York, who’s home appeared to still be safe enough to be in. He commented something along the lines of ‘it’s hard enough in the daytime, scrounging for everything, but we have to stand guard all night in the house because of gangs of looters coming through, stealing our stuff that we managed to save from the storm.’
Consider it wisely. Start prepping, even a little bit every week will get you ahead.