The Government Wants You to Prepare…minimally

FEMA preparedness

Various branches of the government have been coming up with cutesy ways of encouraging people to prepare.  The CDC wants you to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, an animated website has sprouted up, Canada has a similar Get Prepared site, and the list goes on. However, are they truly looking out for your safety?  Perhaps, but my belief is that personal safety is a side effect.  What they really want is something different…

The most interesting manual on preparedness is one from  It is a STAGGERING 204 page document on why and how you need to prepare.  I noticed two (2) very important points.

1.  I scoured through (and used search functions) and there is not one mention of personal protection from people.  Therefore, you should not worry about riots or other attacks…no need to own a firearm for personal protection, no need for extra door reinforcement bars for safety…nothing.

  • “Ammo” – Zero (0) references
  • “Firearm” –  – Zero (0) references
  • “Gun”  – Zero (0) references
  • “Riot” – Zero (0) references
  • “Defense” or Self-Defense – Zero (0) references
  • “Attack” – 26 references, but all pointing terrorism and nuclear, biological and chemical attacks

2. and every other preparedness website only states to have 72 hours worth of supplies for any given disaster.

But you say, “Preppers know Bug Out Bags are also known as 72 hour bags”.  Correct, but a BOB is your last defense. It’s when you’ve lost everything else and you need to throw something on your shoulders and get out of dodge.  Experienced preppers should have a much more longer term preparedness plan that involves supplies at their home as well as at various friend/family locations.  The government would much rather you choose the option of “Sheltering In Place”.

FEMA should certainly be aware of some good (and recent) examples:

Hurricane Sandy relief lasted months.  No need for a firearm here.

hurricane sandy

Hurricane Katrina relief lasted MONTHS.  Also what a coincidence, no need for a firearm.

hurricane katrina

Heck, even if you look at FEMA’s major natural disaster declarations, the event duration is almost always longer than 72 hours.  AND that doesn’t even include the time to when people get relief/recovery.

So, whats the real reason then?

Time.  Simply…time.  If anyone has been trending the major events occurring all around the world, you should recognize that our own government knows a similar trend will develop here in the states.  Whether it’s civil unrest (much like China, Ukraine, Syria, Egypt, and others), a terrorist attack, or a major natural disaster – they want time.

The more people that prepare for the first 72 hours = less people authorities will need to deal with when taking control of a situation.  Sheeple will coward in their homes with their 3 days of supplies awaiting the next order coming out from federal/regional/local authorities.

What are you thoughts?

  • Mark

    So “cower in place” for three days gives the feds time to mobilize and close egress routes?

    • Personal opinion – Yes. Keep in mind, that the National Guard did disarm folks during Katrina. Shelter in place so they can come retrieve you and put you in a cesspool like the Super Dome

  • Dave

    I’ve been wondering about this for a long time now. The Federal government ridicules “preppers” and “survivalists” but they continue to promote this agenda of helplessness disguised as readiness.

    First there was their massive “Zombie Apocalypse” propaganda program, complete with posters and comic books. I actually read the comic book and it was a joke. They try to tell you that to prepare for any disaster, all you need are a couple bottles of water, some snacks, and a flashlight. is a joke too. You have to endure a commercial for this “readiness program” every 20 minutes or so if you listen to the radio at night.

    NEVER is there a mention of the need to protect yourself. NEVER is there a mention of self-reliance of any kind. NEVER a mention of long-term preparedness. When diaster strikes, just call all the kids on their cell phones and tell them to grab their overnight bags and head to Grandma’s house where everyone can hide in the corner and wait for someone (from the government, of course) to come along and help you. Don’t worry. Just hide in the corner and wait. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of days.

    I truly believe that if a SHTF situation ever arises, 80% of the people in this country will die from stupidity overnight. I can imagine little groups of people standing helplessley on the street corner, feverishly dialing 911 and wondering why the president isn’t sending someone to their neighborhood to feed them and change their baby’s diaper.

    Why would FEMA even bother to promote this agenda of helplessness? I think it is to make people THINK they are prepared for anything, while still keeping them completely dependent on the government. They do not like free-thinkers.

    • Dave

      The darker side of me says that this idea of the 72-hour preparedness kit is to keep you from running. Your natural instinct is to run from a disaster or any dangerous situation. You would naturally try to find a safe location where you could regroup and make long-term preparations. But if you have been fooled into believing that a little 72-hour kit is all you need, you will shelter in place instead of thinking rationally. Sheltering in place keeps up in line and out of the way while everything is being done to prevent your escape. When your 72 hours of supplies are exhausted, you’ll be willing to take a little ride down to the “Civilian Relief Center” for some warm clothes and a hot meal.