Hello fellow ATSr's, on 5/23/12 at approx 1800hrs EST I received a text on my phone from FEMA (43362) Stating the Following...
"Get your neighbors together and create a list of resources that could be shared during/after a disaster, such as generators or extra blankets
Now this isn't a random "Special" text for me, I've signed up to several SMS services for News, Weather , etc and I signed up for FEMA's SMS months
ago but this is the 1st text I've received from them. I'm middle of the road as far as FEMA conspiracies go, some points have merit...and others are
tinfoil hat worthy. I'm wondering (A) If anyone else has recieved this text and (B) Does anyone think it carries any implications other than the
I look forward to your input
ETA: I'm also wondering where you all stand on "Sharing" resources, I've got no problem putting together a contingency with those of likemind, and
I've talked to a few neighbors about getting prepared for "weather related emergencies" when we lost power last year for a day and I was the only one
in my area with a Genny. But I didn't go into any "SHTF" type discussion or prepping.
What I will not do is become my local Red Cross and bail everyone out who decided to spend their money on new flatscreen 3D HDTV's instead of making
sure that they're prepared for an emergency (Financial, Weather Related, Social Unrest, etc...)
I got most of my family onboard by explaining simply "Hey, It makes sense to have a few months of food stocked up because the economy is bad and
should you have an unforseen personal emergency like losing your job or a medical emergency where you can no longer provide income to buy food, you'll
have a cushion to figure out your next move"
Since it's logical, the majority of them have started making plans. I then went into "Hey it makes sense to have a generator, God forbid we lose power
like we did last year because our infrastructure is old as ****, your food wont spoil in your fridge and you'll have heat and light, etc..."
I've gone deeper into my reasoning with some and taken a few to the shooting range and exposed them to Firearms and ecouraged them to get their "FID
Card" (A card you need in Jersey to purchase firearms) Pushed them to take some NRA first steps courses so that they can safely handle firearms and
have reffered a few to a friend of mine that used to wear a beard and didn't wear nametapes to learn how to effectively USE a firearm.
What I haven't done is tell them "yeah, I'm pretty much stocked up for a year and wouldn't have to leave my house if I didn't want to" Because (A)
OPSEC and (B) It would sound crazy to many of them. I'm trying to steer them in the right direction, without sounding like a "Paranoid Prepper".
edit on 23-5-2012 by EyesWideShut because: (no reason given)