Sunday, April 13, 2008

quiet storm preparedmess

Is it hurricane season again already?
This article in todays New York Times is sure to pacify those who prefer a sunny picture of the FEMA solution to disaster releaf. But beneath the cottage charm is a plot to prepare for less happy days. plans that are missguided, expensive and out of the public concern.

" GULFPORT, Miss. — After the federal government announced in February that it would no longer use travel trailers to house the victims of future disasters, there was an initial sense of relief along the hurricane-scarred Gulf Coast.
The flimsy little white boxes are unpleasant to live in and tainted with toxic formaldehyde fumes. And they cost the federal government billions of dollars.
But that relief quickly turned to exasperation when it became clear that the government did not have an immediate backup plan. Without the trailers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has no reliable way to rush immediate shelter to thousands of victims of an earthquake, or a wildfire, or another catastrophic.... FEMA is considering several new ideas...."

An search for 'fema internment camps' gets plenty of out-there results:

"There over 600 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States....."

"Makeshift internment camps for non-Mexican detainees. These camps, like the one pictured here in Raymondville, Texas, are Kevlar tents erected on cement slabs."

This camp is in TX but there is probably one near you, ready for occupancy.

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