Wow. I found this to be a grim and sobering article but one of the most sound that I have read to date. I don’t think anyone could cover all the myriads of possible scenarios, but this gives a great launching point for most I can imagine. Thank you for your time in writing such a good article. – J.W.
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Most deaths in a post-EMP or post-solar-flare/grid-down situation will be from the combination of starvation and disease. Starvation can be prevented by storing sufficient food to last until the next crop comes in. Disease can be prevented by practicing good sanitation techniques, primarily using septic tanks for waste disposal and solar or generator powered wells for fresh water. It’s hard to do in the city or suburbs but relatively common in the country. If you have a spring, creek, or river water source, the trick will be your ability to purify the water before consumption. Water filters or boiling will accomplish this. If you have a town upstream, be prepared for the water to become polluted with human excrement, as their waste water treatment plant fails. – Old Paratrooper
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Two things: Where are these “containment camps”? Where do they appear in the federal budget? Are they as real as the dam that “burst “in California? – H.L.
HJL’s Comment: They do exist, and you have seen (or at least heard of) them in operation. They exist in the form of pre-positioned assets in mobile containers known as “Pre-Positioned Disaster Supplies” (PPDS). There is no reason to maintain and keep a fully functional facility up and running all the time. FEMA simply pre-positions supplies and commandeers facilities and manpower (usually through the National Guard) when one needs to be operated. There are at least three locations within 20 miles of my home that have these PPDSs, and most counties and large cities have specifically requested them. The goal of FEMA is to have supplies in any disaster area within 24 to 72 hours, making the response time as short as possible.
I would point to the Louisiana Superdome during hurricane Katrina as a prime example of an operational FEMA camp. This, of course, was before the PPDS program, but the government simply commandeered the appropriate facility and manpower and created the camp within a matter of days. Most people who were residents of the facility were not prepared for the disaster and willingly placed themselves in the custody of the government in hopes of being fed and taken care of. As you know, gangs and crime were rampant, people were not allowed the necessary tools to protect themselves, and the government did little to nothing to stop the abuses. Once you were in, you could not leave until the government decided to let you. In some cases, the government was a willing participant in the abuses, and there were situations of forced relocation and illegal search and seizures. I would also remind our readers that there is precedent for this action on a large scale and point them to the Japanese/American internment camps in WWII.
I’m sure if you check with your city’s and/or county’s emergency preparedness coordinator (or whatever they call the position), you will find an existing plan in place to utilize PPDSs or similar supplies along with the plan to appropriate the manpower, facilities, and equipment to run them. Our local county has at least three high schools and one government compound that are in their plan, as those locations are designed to hold a large number of people and provide fenced security. The PPDSs are stored in other close by locations and the local sheriff, municipal police, fire (paid and volunteer), national guard depots and various other organizations are part of the manpower and equipment plans.