FEMA Camps Series Part 2 - What To Expect When 'Help' Rolls Into Town

A natural disaster happens in your town and FEMA immediately rolls in to help and provides all the food and water the community will need, right? Well, not exactly, not by a long shot. A FEMA camp, not the rights-infringing keep you behind barbed wire pointing inwards type that we discussed in the first article in the series, but the makeshift camps which appear after hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and power outages, should not be counted upon to be the salvation of a town in dire need.

Four years ago during the week of July 4, a massive power outage struck the Midwest. My entire southern Ohio region was without power for at least seven days. Temperatures were nearly record-breaking that week, with 104 degrees and extreme humidity becoming the norm. The “it’s 95 degrees in the shade” phrase quickly went from being a slogan coined to note really hot weather to an adept and powerfully accurate description of the reality we all began facing starting around 9 a.m. each day.

My rescued desert tortoises and the Amish families in our area were the only ones who went about their daily business undeterred. Sure, preppers were situated far better than their non-prepper neighbors, but there is nothing like going a week without power to prompt an immediate re-evaluation of your preps, skills, and overall self-reliance plan. Click here to read the rest of the FEMA Camps Series Part 2 report.