Sunday, February 26, 2006

FEMA Fumbles On Family Disaster Checklist

FEMA has been widely criticized after Hurricane Katrina Devestated the Gulf states of Louisiana and Alabama.

Part of their mandate is to assist American families in preparing themselves for survival in the aftermath of a natural or man made disaster.

Among their efforts to do is a preparedness checklist available at FEMA.gov.

Here is a list of the non apparel items in their preparedness list:


Three-day supply of nonperishable food and manual can opener.

Three-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person, per day).

Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.

Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit and manual.

Sanitation and hygiene items (hand sanitizer, moist towelettes, and toilet paper)

Matches in waterproof container.

Whistle.

Extra clothing and blankets.

Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils.

Photocopies of identification and credit cards.

Cash and coins.

Special needs items such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solution, and hearing aid batteries.

Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.

Tools, pet supplies, a map of the local area, and other items to meet your unique family needs.

Did you notice the missing element?

That is correct they made no suggestion for providing for the safety of your family; a firearm.

In light of recent events I rechecked this list from the first time I had seen it in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

I noted the absence of one critical element in surviving a disaster; a means to protect your family.

For those that were unable (health concerns, lack of physical mobility, no personal transportation) or unwilling (business owners protecting their property or just plain old stubborn American cussedness) to evacuate in the aftermath of a disaster they will be operating in an anarchy where the only recourse is to defend yourselves.

I will take this time to note that in economically disadvantages areas and cities throughout the nation it is exactly the poorest among us that are most at risk. Not only are their neighborhoods the den of the criminal element but they are surrounded in an element prone by nature to take advantage of an absence of authority.

Notably the one attempt to restore law and order in New Orleans after the inhabitants were left to cope on their own in the aftermath of Katrina by their pathetic excuse for a mayor Ray Nagin and equally ineffectual governor Kathleen Bianco, was to attempt to disarm the remaining citizen population who were being preyed upon by roving gangs of looters.

This was stopped by quick action by Second Amendment rights groups such as the NRA and GOA

FEMA itself had to back down from its plan to disarm all inhabitants of their shelters and temporary housing.

Post Katrina I would expect our civil servants in FEMA to have altered theglaring omission of a means to protect themselves.

I am sad to say they have not.

For those not currently prepared here is a link to with a great post on providng safety for your family in the aftermath of a disaster at the Confederate Yankee's site
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While some may find this post untimely I will remind them that this is the time to prepare for the next disaster.

Related posts:
FEMA Forcibly Disarming Katrina Victims
The Feminine Art of Self Defense
When Only The Government Has Guns
Purchases For The New Year

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