Why should anyone stock food, water, prepare for disaster and learn survival skills?
Why should anyone stock food, water, prepare for disaster and learn survival skills?
Shortly after August 29, 2005 hurricane Katrina moved away, some residents of New Orleans who remained in the mandatory evacuated city began looting stores. Many were in search of food and water as well as non-essential items that were not available to them through any other means than theft. Reports of carjacking, murders, thefts, assaults, robberies and rapes in New Orleans flooded the news.
This was Our government response:
Thousands of National Guard and federal troops were mobilized (the total went from 7,841 in the area the day Katrina hit to a maximum of 46,838 on September 10) and sent to Louisiana along with numbers of local law enforcement agents from across the country who were temporarily deputized by the state. "They have M16s and are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect they will," said Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. Congressman Bill Jefferson(D-LA) told ABC News: "There was shooting going on. There was sniping going on. Over the first week of September, law and order were gradually restored to the city." Several shootings occurred between police and New Orleans residents, some involving police misconduct; including a fatal incident at Danziger Bridge.Within days of Katrina's landfall, public debate arose about the local, state and federal governments' role in the preparations for and response to the hurricane. Criticism was initially prompted by televised images of visibly shaken and frustrated political leaders, and of residents who remained stranded by toxic flood waters without food, water, or shelter. Deaths from thirst, exhaustion and violence, days after the storm had passed, fueled the criticism, as did the dilemma of the evacuees at facilities such as the Louisiana Superdome (designed to handle 800, yet 30,000 arrived) and the New Orleans Civic Center (not designed as an evacuation center, yet 25,000 arrived). In these two places alone, there were 55,000Zombies (the Walking Dead, the Unprepared).The country was outraged at the slow response of FEMA and our government. Foreign countries offered assistance to the USA. Society broke down, gangs ran the Superdome “shelter” and there were reports of robbery, rape, beatings and deaths. New Orleans Police and their families evacuated before the storm. Some stayed voluntarily, but were rapidly overwhelmed. Lesson learned: You do not want your family to stay in a public shelter after a disaster.
There was an extensive outpouring of international support for the U.S. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Some governments had to plead to be allowed to help in America's time of need. Up to 150 other countries and international organizations offered $854 million in cash and oil to be sold for cash, however only $126 million from 40 donors was accepted -- and much of that did not reach those in need, according to the Washington Post, April 27, 2007. Most money from overseas went to help rebuild schools and libraries. For example, the U.S. Government declined 54 of 77 declared offers from Canada, Britain and Israel. Canada supplied 3 naval vessels and a coast guard ship, helicopters, medical aid and electrical infrastructure crews. Mexico provided 200 troops, 14 trucks of drinking water, mobile surgical unit, food, medical supplies, 2 naval vessels and 300 tons of food. Russia sent rescue helicopters, water cleaning systems and special evacuation units. China sent 104 tons of supplies. Germany provided 25 tons of food rations and 15 high-performance pumps; the Netherlands sent a frigate, search teams and water containment expertise. Israel sent a field hospital with doctors and an 80-ton shipment of supplies. Thailand sent 60 doctors; Singapore provided helicopters. Romania offered medical teams and Bangladesh offered $1 million in humanitarian aid. That's just a sample. The United Arab Emirates donated $100 million; China and Britain donated $5 million each; South Korea gave $3.8 million and Taiwan$2 million. Kuwait offered $100 million but it got caught up in bureaucracy. Kuwait redirected their funds to the private Bush-Clinton fundraising effort and the American Red Cross. The U.S., which was having difficulty coordinating its own relief efforts, was slow to accept international aid. Cuba was quick to offer 1,586 doctors and 26 tons of medical supplies, but was refused. Venezuela, Spain and Saudi Arabia offered oil to offset damaged Gulf refining facilities. All were declined. Greece offered 2 cruise ships to act as free hospitals or hotels for displaced homeless. The U.S. ended up spending $249M to rent Carnival Cruise line vessels instead. Medical supplies from Italy were received, but were allowed to spoil. That was how our government handled the crisis.
Ah, but now let’s jump forward to 2013 and things are much better planned, disasters will be handled quickly and efficiently. There were many lessons learned in the aftermath of Katrina and corrections were made. There is nothing to worry about now, right? The link below tells the story of thousands of New York residents that are homeless and still waiting for FEMA or any government assistance one year after hurricane Sandy destroyed their homes and life as they once knew it. This article was written 10-29-2013.
Where is the country’s outrage?
This is a current link to FEMA about Sandy http://www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy It touts what FEMA has been able to do for Sandy victims, which is a great blessing, but it says nothing about the news article above that there are still thousands of homeless victims still hoping FEMA can come to their aid. Is this an example of lying by omission?The USA sends Billions of dollars overseas in aid to other countries, yet sometimes fails to take care of its own. Don’t give up on our Government, there will be better days ahead. That is our hope. However, be prepared for adversity and disaster. Don't expect the government to lend a hand. It might, but it won't be overnight. This is a link to FEMA advising citizens to build a kit (Bug-Out-Bag) to prepare to survive for at least a 72-hour period before help arrives.
It reads; “Build a kit. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them. You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days, weeks, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.”
There is much it leaves out, such as self-defense and alternate currency, but it’s a start. Have a plan and practice it. When the roads are closed, no vehicles can get in or out and there is no help, what will you do? You may have friends and family that will take you in, but for how long and how will you get there? It could be days, weeks or longer before the roads reopen, help arrives and you could be homeless. Will you and your family wander around the streets like Zombies asking for handouts from your neighbors who are in the same situation, although, they may be better prepared. You could survive the disaster only to become victims of lawless criminals or die of your injuries, poor health or lack of basic necessities such as water, shelter and food? Or will you be prepared and have food, water, fire and shelter even if your house is gone? Can you defend what you have from those that would forcefully take it from you? Do you have enough to share with thousands of Zombies.Today, right now, check your insurance policies for loopholes that let the insurance companies deny your claim. Have fire, flood, sewer, earthquake, wind and water damage policies. READ the policy and get your insurance agent to explain any lack in coverage or answer questions that arise while studying your policy. Have a safe place to store important papers that can legally identify you, your family and your possessions. Don’t store all your supplies in one location.
You can find help and supplies at www.DeltaSurvivalist.com now. We have food (complete meals) with a shelf life of 25-years that you can prepare with just a little hot water and we have long shelf life food and packaged water that need no preparation. Just open and consume. Visit www.DeltaSurvivalist.com often for Tips and Hints on survival and hunting. See our online catalog of outdoor clothing, gear and supplies. We will teach you how to survive without gear and supplies, find food and water, build shelter and show you how easy it is to survive with the proper gear, supplies, training and planning.
However, don’t just buy it, store it and forget it. Learn how to use it. Learn its strengths, weaknesses and quirks. Practice survival ways and living in the outdoors without modern conveniences. It can be a lot of fun and can save your life.
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