Never underestimate the government's ability to screw things up, right?
I mean, we already know FEMA botched Hurricane Katrina.
But what you may not know is why…
What made them so incompetent in that situation – and do you have any reason to think they'll be any better at handling a disaster that strikes near you?
Here are 5 things you absolutely NEED to know about what FEMA does in disasters – and, more importantly, what it doesn't do…
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1. FEMA's Funds Aren't Just For “Disasters” Anymore
FEMA used to be strictly for natural disaster relief and management – but like so much else, that all changed on September 11th.
FEMA now focuses primarily on terrorism, alongside Homeland Security.
Why? No one knows.
No one can explain why funds that should have been available for people in real danger during Hurricane Katrina were diverted to “fighting” terrorism.
FEMA has less money than ever before, because the government is covering how much it's spending on Homeland Security by taking money from an agency that has nothing to do with terrorism.
Which means that agency doesn't have the money to do its actual job.
2. FEMA Cuts Corners and Causes More Harm Than It Relieves
During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, FEMA put up trailers for people who had been displaced from their homes.
Sounds like a good thing, right?
That's what you want your natural disaster relief organization to do.
Except the trailers had exceptionally high formaldehyde levels.
The Sierra Club warned FEMA about the problem, but they were ignored and FEMA continued to place displaced citizens in the trailers – which inflicted those people, who had already lost everything, with breathing trouble, constant headaches, and nosebleeds.
3. FEMA Won't Help You Get Out of Harm's Way
You probably heard on the news that a lot of people didn't want to leave New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, even after they were told to evacuate.
That might have seemed downright stupid to you – why wouldn't you get out if your life was in danger?
A lot of them COULDN'T get out.
FEMA didn't provide transportation or funds for those who didn't have their own vehicles to evacuate in.
The vast majority of people stayed not because of stubbornness or stupidity, but because FEMA gave them no way out.
4. FEMA Doesn't Have the People It Needs Ready to Go
Ever been on a volunteer fire department or rescue team?
You get trained and you show up regularly to stay trained, so that whenever your services are needed, you know exactly what to do and how to help.
It's how the National Guard works.
It's how a lot of very effective forces that aren't needed all the time work.
But it's not how FEMA works.
FEMA doesn't have people on standby.
They have to orchestrate a massive number of services, from search and rescue to waste disposal to food distribution to transport – and more – and the people they're working with HAVE NOT BEEN TRAINED BEFOREHAND.
They're mostly cobbled together from local agencies, each of which knows how to do one small piece of the required disaster relief plan – and none of which know how to do it in concert with a large number of other organizations.
Any way you look at it, it's a logistics nightmare waiting to happen.
5. Even FEMA's Survival Kit Advice Is DEADLY
If you go to FEMA's website, they'll tell you what you should have in your survival kit in case of disaster.
It's ridiculously inadequate.
It will not help you survive a real disaster and in fact, it may even get you killed by giving you a sense of false confidence.
For example, they don't even mention having a means of evacuating your family or your supplies.
The items they do tell you to have are sufficient for a disaster that lasts a day or two at most – not a full-scale catastrophe like Katrina.
Look, I can't solve all the problems with FEMA.
But I CAN solve the problem of making sure you have your family's survival kit ready to go when they need you most.
Every survivalist needs to know what to pack – and surprise… not a one of them is on FEMA's worthless list of things to get.
Especially in today's trying times, you need this information now more than ever.