FEMA Director Urges Americans To Develop "A True Culture Of Preparedness" But No One Is Listening

Authord by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

It looks like preppers aren’t that crazy after all.

FEMA’s new director, Brock Long, has repeatedly said that Americans do not have a “culture of preparedness,” something that is much-needed with the startling uptick in natural disasters. Long has only been the director of FEMA since June 20 of this year and already has had to deal with a historic number of disasters in this short period of time.

It appears that Mr. Long has a mindset of self-reliance based on a couple of recent statements he has made to the media, but the MSM doesn’t seem too interested in his ideas about fostering a culture of preparedness, despite the practicality and essential nature of his suggestions.

First, in an interview from Sept. 11 that I personally only heard about yesterday, FEMA’s new director, Brock Long, spoke with journalists to discuss the response to Hurricane Irma. In the interview, he said some things that vindicate all of us who have spent time and money working toward being prepared.

I really think that we have a long way to go to create a true culture of preparedness within our citizenry in America. No American, no citizen, no visitor to this country is immune to disaster. And we have a long way to go to get people to understand the hazards based on where they dwell, where they work, and how to be prepared financially, how to be prepared through insurance, how to have continuity of operations plans for their businesses, so that we can avoid the suffering, the strife, and the loss of life. It’s truly disappointing that people won’t heed the warnings.

Straight out of our favorite prepper handbooks, right?

Of course, the reporter quickly shifted from the actual useful information to start asking about climate change, because for some reason she felt that was far more essential than the practical advice Mr. Long was offering. You can watch the interview below.

Some of those numbers were shocking – FEMA is spending 200 million dollars a day in relief efforts and desperately-needed help has hardly even begun for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

In a more recent statement, Mr. Long re-emphasized the need to be prepared, and to start kids off young with this mindset.

I think that the last 35 days or so have been a gut check for Americans that we do not have a true culture of preparedness in this country. And we’ve got a lot of work to do.


Whether it’s in education and being ready, it’s not just saying, hey, have three days worth of supplies ready to go. It’s greater than that. It’s also people having the finances and the savings to be able to overcome simple emergencies.


We have to hit the reset button and create a true culture of preparedness starting at a very young age and filtering all the way up.

We in the preparedness community have been saying this for ages, Mr. Long, but thank you for attempting to put this front and center.

One thing that is different about Long’s approach is the practicality. Many government officials seem to forget about the financial end of emergencies. They can’t seem to wrap their brains around the fact that while they have 200 million dollars a day, most folks do not. This is why financial preparedness is of such massive importance. If you had to live away from home without access to a kitchen, the expenses would rack up pretty quickly. As well, think about how thinly those millions are spread.

FEMA is eventually going to run out of money.

As well, think about how thinly those millions are spread. One person I know who lost her rental home will receive $4000. That has to replace everything she owns: furniture, clothing, personal items, food, cleaning products…you get the idea…plus pay first and last month’s rent for a new apartment. People without flood insurance who lost their homes will be eligible for a maximum of only $21,000. But if their property wasn’t paid for, they’ll still owe the mortgage payments on a place that is uninhabitable.

Don’t forget that FEMA is also providing aid for those displaced by more than 2 million acres of wildfires throughout the Western US. (Although initially, they turned down requests for assistance, they reconsidered.)

When you look at the true cost of disasters on this scale, it’s hard to imagine that FEMA will have enough money should these emergencies continue, or even enough to cover our current tab.

There were reports that FEMA had run out of money shortly after Hurricane Harvey, but more appeared for Hurricane Irma.

One article blithely suggested that FEMA can never run out of money because Congress will just vote to give them more when addressing concerns that FEMA was down to its last billion dollars.

 But the U.S. Congress quickly put such worries to rest on Sept. 8, 2017, by hastily passing legislation that gave the DRF an infusion of cash.


“The emergency supplemental appropriation of $7.4 billion allows FEMA to continue to fully focus on the ongoing preparation, response, and recovery needs,” said an agency spokesperson via email.


While legislators may have cut it a bit close, there was little chance that FEMA actually would run out of cash. According to a Congressional Research Service analysis, Congress made 14 supplemental appropriations to the fund between 2004 and 2013, for a total of $89.6 billion. In one year alone — 2005, the year that Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other areas in the Gulf Coast — legislators bolstered the fund with three extra appropriations amounting to $43 billion. (source)

This, of course, naively assumes that there will always be more money to give to FEMA. Eventually, we’re going to run out.

Is this the reason for the slow response to Puerto Rico?

Personally, I keep wondering if a lack of money is the reason for our slow response to the desperate situation in Puerto Rico. Add to this the logistical problems, and you have a recipe for chaos.

Another thing to keep in mind about Puerto Rico is that this is one of the rare situations in which stockpile preparedness may not have done any good. While some folks like to say that Puerto Ricans shouldn’t be out of food within 6 days after the disaster, what they aren’t considering is the totality of the destruction.

A man reacts as he walks through a debris-covered road in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

What food people may have had stored was destroyed when homes were turned into piles of rubble. Other food spoiled soon after the power for the entire island was taken out. If you look at these photos, you will understand why few people have food.

I imagine in such a situation, my own carefully preserved jars of food would have been smashed to bits and my freeze-dried food would have been soaked in flood waters. In most situations, your stockpile will see you through, but in a disaster of this magnitude, even the most well-prepared person could be left with nothing.

Maybe money is why the director is urging a culture of preparedness

Perhaps this reality is why Mr. Long is so adamant that Americans need to get prepared to take care of themselves and that we need to raise our children to understand this too. That’s not the warm fuzzy thing that people who refuse to prepare want to hear, so the mainstream media gives his advice little attention. A culture of preparedness is indeed the answer, and preppers have known this for a very long time.

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Kulafarmer Wed, 09/27/2017 - 22:19 Permalink

If your not thinking about preparedness at one level or another you might as well just not bother,,, FEMA will take care o you
And yall thought them FEMA camps were for the right wingers,,,

Déjà view Post-Truth Society Thu, 09/28/2017 - 06:23 Permalink

$10 Bn©®™ RAINY DAY FUND..."why bother"...Tejas would rather run out of other peoples money ! Stack PREPERATION-H®...'taxplayers'...

The governor said if the state needs to tap the Rainy Day Fund for Harvey recovery, it won't be until the next legislative session in 2019. 

On Tuesday evening, Abbott spokesman John Wittman said Florida is getting a 75/25 split with FEMA after Irma — meaning the federal government is picking up 75 percent of the recovery tab, while 25 percent is up to local governments. By comparison, Abbott negotiated a 90/10 split following Harvey, Wittman said. 


At state level preparedness...FEMA will take care of you...
And yall thought them FEMA camps were for the left wingers...

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Antifaschistische NoDebt Wed, 09/27/2017 - 23:02 Permalink

Public Sector organizations are unique...and uniquely stupid.  Believe me...there are a LOT of funds drying up in the public sector world.  The prioritation of capital spending is getting VERY political in the public space and operating budgets are getting squeezed pretty bad.  This will get progressively worse with time...overleveraging will crush many orgs if interest rates rise....the pensioners will get priority over everything.   It's going to get ugly, and the 'no money left for fema or for the National Flood Insurance program' is probably closer than we think.

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greenskeeper carl Antifaschistische Wed, 09/27/2017 - 23:16 Permalink

FEMA wastes money like almost no other organization. This guy does put out a 'I now what Im talking about' vibe in some ways that is rare in government employees these days, but think about what he is telling people: you need to be ready to take care of yourself for a while. Nothing wrong with that, BUT, why the fuck are we spending that much money for you guys to essentially do nothing until a week or two after the storm? FEMA is much like the MIC. It exists to syphon more money out of the tax base and feed it to favored government contractors. They do thing like sell the government a shitload of trailers for far more than retail, which the government is then forbidden from selling under normal circumstances after the crisis because it might result in the same companies that sold the government the trailers last year from selling as many trailers this year. Or something. You also may have heard about FEMA's 'great success' during katrina. In the immediate aftermath, local cooks were feeding volunteers hot cajun style food at a cost of 8$ a plate or so. Then, FEMA's contractors came in a took over and served shitty, cold snadwiches and charged the governemnt like 15$ a plate. The examples above are endless. Just be ready to take care of yourself. 

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Bwana Antifaschistische Thu, 09/28/2017 - 09:20 Permalink

I think you are wrong. The senate contains some of the most stupid people in the world. I live in Southern California and Diane Feinstein sent me an email to be prepared for an earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. My home is located in an area designated to be Earthquake zone 4. She advised me that I should have enough food and water for up to 6 weeks which apparently is the amount of time it will take to re-open all the roads into Southern California. I sent her an email asking how I could do this and not be considered a domestic terrorist because 6 weeks food and water is above the threshold for being prepped and qualifies you as a domestic terrorist. She has never answered my email. Now we have FEMA saying we should be prepped to take care of ourselves but Homeland Security draws a line at how much prepping they will allow before they feel you are up to no good. 

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shamus001 J S Bach Wed, 09/27/2017 - 23:03 Permalink

Nonono, hear, hear! The Gov wants to tell you hiw to live, hiw to raise your kids, what to feed them, how to live, how to act, to rely on them for retirement... you dont get it both ways fool- either were indeoendant, or were dependants. .Gov wants dependants! Their damn well gonna pay for em!

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Endgame Napoleon shamus001 Wed, 09/27/2017 - 23:28 Permalink

Please, the government pays people on a per-child basis, encouraging them to have a maximum number kids to consume more natural resources: free food, free or reduced-cost rent, nearly free daycare, monthly cash assistance, energy assistance and child tax credits between $3,337 and $6,269. They do not tell them what to do with the freebie money, really, certainly not in the case of the free-and-clear child tax credits to those who do not pay income tax that are often spent on trips with boyfriends and other adult luxuries.

I do think this guy is right about preparedness lessons for natural disasters. Remember that story about the little 6 year old (or maybe younger, around that age) who survived when her entire family went down in a plane. Her father taught her survivalist skills, and she walked an unbelievable length in the dark, through heavy brush, to get to a house in the middle of nowhere, where an old man helped her to contract the police. People do need to be prepared for various types of natural disasters.

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junction Kulafarmer Wed, 09/27/2017 - 22:34 Permalink

What good will your preparedness do when a cop comes to your door and steals your food and car?  In New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, remember those pictures of NOLA cops driving around in Cadillacs through flooded streets.  The cops stole 200 Cadillacs from a dealership for their personal use.  One couple in a New Orleans hotel went to get their 4WD car from the hotel garage; the attendant there told them the cops had been there first and swiped their car and others for "police" use.  After Superstorm Sandy in 2012 in NYC, we saw an off-duty cop in a big Jeep drive to the front of the gasoline line at a Mobil gas station and fill up four 5 gallon metal containers with gasoline.  He then drove off with his free gas. 

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greenskeeper carl Antifaschistische Wed, 09/27/2017 - 23:19 Permalink

It is. 30 seconds with a wrench on your battery terminal, its doubtful a thief or "public servant" will pop the hood and check, most likeyl they will just move on. Or, just pull a fuse or two in the right place, keep them in your pocket. Ive had that thought before when parking my vehicle long term. Thieves and cops alike won't take the time to trouble shoot. Just assume your battery is dead. Easy.

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FoggyWorld greenskeeper carl Thu, 09/28/2017 - 00:34 Permalink

Problem with many of these areas is that it's salt water that hits the engines and while the car may run for a few hundred miles, it doesn't last very long.  Almost no questions asked by auto insurance companies as they come and take the cars away and did after Sandy quickly produce checks.  However, those were insurance companies and they were not connected to the government in any way.

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Endgame Napoleon ebworthen Wed, 09/27/2017 - 23:33 Permalink

Well, they are U.S. citizens. They were just born there. They can come to the mainland, competing for jobs with other underemployed American citizens. It is one more reason why we need to stop absorbing the noncitizen populations of neighboring countries, letting in a restricted number of new legal immigrants based strictly on true merit and ending illegal immigration.

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Cloud9.5 Endgame Napoleon Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:00 Permalink

Do a little research guys. The push for immigration in the north east was driven by a desire to keep wages low in an industrializing nation.  If three desperate guys were applying for the same job, the employer could lower wages to or below subsistence level.  The plaque on the statue of Liberty was great propaganda.  What it should have said was give me your tired, you poor, your huddled masses, so I can work them in my factories for pennies.Guess what? The factories are closed.  The strip malls are shutting down. We don’t need any more people. We cannot employ the ones we have.  If you are in a life boat and it is about to be swamped by masses clamoring to get on board, you have one of two options.  Paddle away from the clamoring masses or sink.

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Rapunzal Kulafarmer Wed, 09/27/2017 - 23:09 Permalink

What ?!? After no one trusts FEMA or the government anymore. The NWO puppets with a depopulation agenda. There is something wrong, they are not pushing GMO food, flourided water, chlorine chicken and vaccines with mercury anymore. Are they paddling back after they realize their lies are picked apart online ? Are suddenly cute cat videos not envogue anymore ?

But Trump was peddling today the false unemployment numbers, the false GDP numbers etc. I guess we have to show him his 1 year old campaign speeches. I guess business as usual.

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Cloud9.5 MasterControl Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:07 Permalink

I see your point of concern.  Who wants to face a golden horde of well-armed situationally aware individuals?  Answer, no body.  Not to worry.  Two thirds of the population cannot even name the three branches of government.  Very bright individuals have not thought this crap out.  Members of my own family never imagined that credit cards would not work when all the power polls were lying on the ground.

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pocomotion Wed, 09/27/2017 - 22:29 Permalink

This needs to be done at the community level.  Churches and schools should have adequate supplies all of this and then cover the costs to replace expired goods.The average mom and pop cannot prepare for all events - where most will require temporary DISPLACEMENT and rescue scenarios.On average, I should be able to go into an American home and find 2 or more weeks of food just hanging around the pantry and kitchen area.Good luck if water is the issue.  3 days without drinking water and you are done... 

deoldefarte Cognitive Dissonance Thu, 09/28/2017 - 06:37 Permalink

The old water heaters were glass lined, so not so "rusty".
When I had to replace mine, I placed the old one in the shed.
Draining/flushing occasionally, so have 80 gal. of fresh water. Creek in the back of property, for other water needs.
My stupid cousin, that has more money than brains, lives in
south Florida area, and, when the last storm was close, bought 3 cases of water, at $ 1.50 per bottle.
Oh well....

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