Why Is The US Treasury Quietly Ordering "Surival Kits" For US Bankers?

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The Department of Treasury is spending $200,000 on survival kits for all of its employees who oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation. As FreeBeacon reports, survival kits will be delivered to every major bank in the United States and includes a solar blanket, food bar, water-purification tablets, and dust mask (among other things). The question, obviously, is just what do they know that the rest of us don't?

As Free Beacon reports,

The Department of Treasury is seeking to order survival kits for all of its employees who oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation.


The emergency supplies would be for every employee at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which conducts on-site reviews of banks throughout the country. The survival kit includes everything from water purification tablets to solar blankets.


The government is willing to spend up to $200,000 on the kits, according to the solicitation released on Dec. 4.


The survival kits must come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with “decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, and medicines.



The kits must also include a “reusable solar blanket” 52 by 84 inches long, a 2,400-calorie food bar, “50 water purification tablets,” a “dust mask,” “one-size fits all poncho with hood,” a rechargeable lantern with built-in radio, and an “Air-Aid emergency mask” for protection against airborne viruses.


Survival kits will be delivered to every major bank in the United States including Bank of America, American Express Bank, BMO Financial Corp., Capitol One Financial Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Wells Fargo.




The agency has roughly 3,814 employees, each of which would receive a survival kit. The staff includes “bank examiners” who provide “sustained supervision” of major banks in the United States.




It is not clear why the Treasury Department is ordering the kits.

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One can only imagine what the Treasury department is thinking will happen in the near-future... while it is indeed good to be prepared, the timing as domestic social unrest ramps up, the driver of the recovery is crashing, and the Fed has stepped away is 'odd' to say the least.

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Full OCC RFP below:

Survival Kits RFP

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SloMoe's picture

WTF, no bullet-proof vests?

BTCTalks's picture

I wish there were more to this story, but these survival kits are SOP at major banks and brokerage houses since 9/11.

bob_stl's picture

Then I'm throwing my survival kit away. I don't want to be stuck here with a bunch of fucking bankers.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Don't worry.  They won't make it.  They don't get any guns or even a knife.  Just a rape whistle.

Arius's picture



Because someone is making money selling it ... goddammit ... when are you people going to learn how this World works???

El Vaquero's picture

LOL, the only things on that list not in my hunting pack (large ALICE w/a MOLLE II belt) are the glow stick, the AM/FM rechargable lantern, the 2400 calories (covered in other ways) and the mask.  Oh, and the latex gloves, because I have a shitload of nitrile gloves instead.  And my first aid kit has more bandages by far.  And I have knives and wetstones, fire making stuff, a cow elk call, some blaze orange, some paracord, pullies, block and tackle, game bags, water collectors, and a bunch of other stuff.  How many of the bureaucrats with the OCC do you think will have a clue how to use any of that?

Killer the Buzzard's picture

Wait... what do they wipe their asses with?  Oh yeah, FRNs...

El Vaquero's picture

LOL, I keep toilet paper in there too.  I keep a roll in my Jeep as well.  

pods's picture

My buddy used to use pieces of his thermal shirt when we were out hunting.  We'd be hanging out talking and he would pull out his knife to procure some materials.

By end of season he had a half shirt.  

Fun times.  Like when my pops was doing a deer drive and him, me and my buddie meet up after. Dad looks at me and tosses me a sandwich.  Other pocket no sammie for my buddie, but he had a pack of crackers.  Buddie got sad.  :)


wintermute's picture

"fanny-pack" !

Does that get inserted for safe carrying ?

Manthong's picture

.. probably anticipating torches and pitchforks outside shackled bank doors

f16hoser's picture

9mm Makarov is all I need!

alphamentalist's picture

these kits are standard at most banks in most markets. i used to have a similar one--provided by my otherwise abusive emplyer--strapped under my chair in tokyo. it came with a hard hat (with the bloody company logo on it) to protect against earthquakes, cause everyone knows that the best defense against collapsing highrises is a 1/8" plastic dome on your head. during the quake all of that was forgotten as I went for the stairs (it would have taken a bit of time to unbuckle all of the straps). i did manage to get my iphone, though, which turned out to be the most useful part of my quake preps. 

Lore's picture

I dated an employee at a major bank in Canada who mentioned similar preparations a couple years ago, with a similar inventory, because like you, we were in the middle of a known earthquake zone. This appears to be typical, job-justifying expenditure by some OHS bureaucrat as part of routine preparation for natural disasters, certainly not preparation for imminent economic crisis or civil unrest, which would require a different list.

nmewn's picture

Leaving aside the obvious (a branch of government, using our tax dollars, to equip a PRIVATE company) at least they're providing a "decongestant" so they can cook up some meth when their coke runs out.

Bankers & .gov, what a bunch of dicks.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

"Survival kits will be delivered to every major bank in the United States including Bank of America, American Express Bank, BMO Financial Corp., Capitol One Financial Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Wells Fargo."

Holy shit, it looks like Goldman is being cut loose.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

No, they just get the real deal.  Evacuation to Mt Weather, or similar location.  Those readiness kits are a theater-prop for the muppets.

Save_America1st's picture

or just a psy-op to get us squawking about it. 

I don't see anything on the list that protects banksters from poisonous cocktails, nail-guns, slashed throats, or 33 story swan dives to the concrete.  Or did they just forget to include the base-jumping parachute pack or flight suit on the list??? 

surprised they didn't include at least 10 ounces of pure Peruvian Marching Powder and $20,000 cash for emergency hookers. 

Newsboy's picture

A hard cervical collar would protect against noose-injuries...

mjcOH1's picture


Why Is The US Treasury Quietly Ordering "Surival Kits" For US Bankers?"


Ummm.....because they can collect your tax dollars at the point of a gun and spend it on whatever the fuck they feel like with no accountability.
Wild guess here.....

7.62x54r's picture

The emergency nail gun is missing.

old naughty's picture

"...squawking about it.", with fear.That was their plan, no?

What about the "dust mask"? Volcano dust, not likely. What then? Hummmmmmm.


Big Slick's picture

To paraphrase Fred Schwed, "Where are the customers' survival packs?"



gold-is-not-dead's picture

Nice, now when someone shoots them, they'll have something worth with them instead of just papers.

noben's picture

The VIPs at GS, JPM and TBTF get "Mt Weather".
The muppets get "Mt Whether"

StandardDeviant's picture

The way I read this, nmewn, they're not proposing to equip the staff of any private companies, but rather their own regulatory staff who work on-site in the various banks mentioned.

jbvtme's picture

just enough to get you to the tarmac for the flight to the caymans

MontgomeryScott's picture

... but I got a pretty fair idea that something dog-gone important's goin' on 'back there'.




Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove; Or How I Learned To Stop Worring And Love The Bomb" is a required Kindergaten viewing experience (according to sources close to Tyler Durden, I hear. I may be mistaken, but WHAT THE HELL!).

Let The State provide all those nylons and 1-inch Bibles for the 'bankers'.

Is this $200,000 per BANK, or per BANKSTER? Does this include the cost-over-ran $1,500 toilet seats and the gold-plated ecoutrements on their sinks? A 'space-blanket' probably constists of a roll of 'Reynold's Wrap' and a Chinese-printed instruction sheet as to how to wrap a human body in it.

Fucking SUCKERS... individually-packaged 'baby-wipes' must cost at LEAST $5.00 each. Thanks to OBAMACARE, a fucking Q-TIp is charged at the rate of $1.20 per...


10mm's picture

So you think. Nice pistol though. reference to the Mak 9mm.

MontgomeryScott's picture

MAC M10, .45 ACP, actually. It's like an UZI on steroids. The boys over at the Company have nicknamed it 'The Streetsweeper'. Hell of a kick, so your forearms had better be buffed up.

Borrow Owl's picture

"Hell of a kick, so your forearms had better be buffed up."

From a .45 ACP?

Dude. That thing is a freaking spray-n-pray mouse gun.



gold-is-not-dead's picture

I like compound bows, cheap reusable ammunition, no vest protection what so ever.

Paveway IV's picture

I don't see a single damn thing listed that will save their sorry asses when I'm feeding them feet-first into the wood-chipper.

I suppose I could have some fun with the whistle.

"...Here - blow this if it starts to hurt and I'll stop. No, REALLY - I promise... stupid bitch!

MontgomeryScott's picture

"...Here - blow this if it starts to hurt and I'll stop. No, REALLY - I promise... stupid bitch!"


Wait, it's the love story of a young and nubile Kate Winslet (and some tweaker guy) as they face life and death together; set on a famous White Star liner sinking in April 1912...

Opening Score music by Celene Dion; who got a lifetime contract to play in Vegas (and some guys):




wintermute's picture

Spending government has to spend.

PT's picture

It's all right.  I didn't see any mention of parachutes, abseiling gear, nail-gun-proof-suit-and-helmet, shitgum-proof vest, pair of sneakers (so they can walk and avoid using radio-controlled-car), Boston-brake-detector, engraved medallion "No I Am Not Depressed - Never Felt Better And I Love My Wife And Kids So You'd Better Investigate This Murder" ... the banksters aren't surviving anything.

Let's see - $200 000 / approx 4 000 banksters = ~ $50 per kit.  I guess that sounds about right (I don't know US prices), but hang on a minute :
1.  Aren't govts famous for wasting money?
2.  We're talking BANKSTERS here.  Why give them a kit each when you can just REHYPOTHECATE the same kit 4000 times?  I'm sure the banksters won't mind.  Hell, all you have to do is explain to them that the odds of them needing the kit are one in a million and they'll think they're under-leveraged and immediately seek out another 996 000 banksters with whom to "share" the one kit.  And that explains why the kits do not look overpriced at first glance.  Hell!  The banksters have probably already sold the one rehypothecated kit a million times on eBay.  If you buy it then you will just get a piece of paper saying, "IOU one Emergency Kit, to be delivered next week.  Otherwise take this piece of paper to the bank, redeemable for $50".

TruthInSunshine's picture

Until "Red Dots" & " Columbian Neckties" for bankers goes viral, our Republic, and many other nations, are doomed.

I wish this weren't the case, but they created this unfortunate reality, not the general citizenry.

max2205's picture


Jethro's picture

There is an expedient ass-wipe heirarchy.  First its your tube socks, then undershirt. 

Always, always, always carry ass-wipe.

Mauricio6401's picture

Just subsribe to NY Times.    

Ironmaan's picture

They'll be wiping their asses with dollar bills like the rest of us.

bob_stl's picture

"Because someone is making money selling it ... goddammit ... when are you people going to learn how this World works???"


If that's all there was to it, it wouldn't be a problem. That's the way they've convinced you that the world works.

The Wizard's picture

It appears a friend of the government had to unload some inventory before the end of the year. Issue date of the RFP 12-4-14. Response required in two weeks, 12-18-14. Not much time to respond to a government RFP.

They'll make great Christmas gifts for the employees.