What To Expect From FEMA After A Disaster (Spoiler: It’s Not Good)

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to get some “help” or disaster assistance from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) after a tragic natural disaster happens?  Well, some know all too well just how much and how little FEMA does to help those who have lost almost everything. Spoiler: it isn’t good.

For years, we have stressed the importance of having a preparedness plan including a financial plan for when disasters erupt. In the book, The Prepper’s Blueprint, we walk the reader through a prepping regimen with a guide and easy to follow instructions and give beginning preppers a foundation to build on so that one doesn’t have to rely on government handouts.

Why Government Red Tape is Hurting Disaster Victims

FEMA doesn’t seem to want to bypass the red tape in order to help those residing in the lower income parts of Texas affected by hurricane Harvey.  It’s been more than ten months since the hurricane devastated parts of Houston, and while middle-class and affluent neighborhoods are back to business as usual, those with less money are still struggling to get assistance from FEMA – or assistance is being denied because residents cannot afford the mandated flood insurance.

Part of the reason the wealthier people have their lives back could be the ability to save money on their own. They can also afford to comply with the law mandating flood insurance so their claims aren’t being denied as often.  With money to spare in the event of an emergency, those who are more affluent don’t need to rely on FEMA (or any aspect of the federal government) regardless of how dire the situation becomes.  But that leaves some families struggling to get what they need in the aftermath of a disaster because they don’t have the money to obey the law.

In nearby Kashmere Gardens, a 10,000 person neighborhood, FEMA has been less than useless. According to reporting done by Politico, nearly every street of the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood has homes that are gutted. Empty window panes reveal sparse interiors without walls, doors, or carpets. And because there’s nowhere to go, families still live in those homes. The challenges in Kashmere Gardens, where the median income is $23,000 per year, are not the result of any one policy or agency. They’re the consequence of a complicated, bureaucratic disaster-response system built up over decades that experts nearly universally agree is failing to provide critical support to low-income communities when a disaster strikes.  In other words, as always, when it comes to government, they just don’t care about anyone.

A POLITICO investigation found that numerous low-income families were denied funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency because much of Kashmere Gardens was in a flood zone, and homeowners were thus required to carry flood insurance — a law that many of them were unaware of. Other families, struggling with language issues and inexperienced with the federal bureaucracy, simply couldn’t cope with a system that even FEMA officials agree is too complicated. Still others fell victim to shoddy contractors who took their money and failed to make repairs. –POLITICO

And the News Just Gets Worse

Those who took the time and made the effort to jump through hoops and go around the red tape of the bureaucratic nonsense and were able to comply with the law to purchase flood insurance were only getting a mere $4,300 from FEMA – not enough to make many repairs. And as many prepare for the 2018 hurricane season, which is expected to be worse than last year’s, the situation becomes all too important to resolve.

Even when FEMA does come through and somehow manages to provide food and shelter for those in dire situations, it becomes something many describe as an inescapable hell. “It’s not a safety net,” said Craig Fugate, who served as the head of FEMA for all eight years of the Obama administration and, like other FEMA veterans, believes the current system is too confusing. “The system is really designed for the middle class. It’s not designed to take care of the pre-existing conditions.”

The horrors of a FEMA disaster relief camp became all too real for those who lost everything in the East Coast’s Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. Americans were literally freezing while wrapped in blankets and trash bags as they struggled to survive in FEMA tent cities such as New Jersey’s “Camp Freedom,” (the irony of that name isn’t lost on many) which reportedly “resembled a prison camp.”

“Sitting there last night you could see your breath,” displaced resident Brian Sotelo told the Asbury Park Press. “At (Pine Belt) the Red Cross made an announcement that they were sending us to permanent structures up here that had just been redone, that had washing machines and hot showers and steady electric, and they sent us to tent city. We got (expletive).” The officials “in charge” also banned residents from taking pictures and cut off WiFi. “They treat us like we’re prisoners,” Ashley Sabol told Reuters. “It’s bad to say, but we honestly feel like we’re in a concentration camp.”

Sotelo also said Blackhawk helicopters patrol the skies “all day and night” and a black car with tinted windows surveys the camp while the government moves heavy equipment past the tents at night. Reporters were not allowed in the fenced complex or “FEMA camp” to report on conditions either, where lines of displaced residents formed outside portable toilets. Security guards were posted at every door, and residents could not even use the toilet or shower without first presenting an I.D. to a government official.

One of the worst places to be when you have nowhere to go is a FEMA camp.  Don’t subject your family, especially if you have little kids, to the angry and hungry masses clumped together like cattle in those fenced in hells.  Sure, many FEMA workers mean well, but they are not well funded and incompetent.  At the end of the day, they are doing a job and getting paid for it, so their own survival trumps yours. Prepare for the worst and make sure you can survive on your own because, in the end, it may come down to having only yourself that you and your family can depend on.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’” President Ronald Reagan



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Originally published July 20th, 2018
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5 Responses to What To Expect From FEMA After A Disaster (Spoiler: It’s Not Good)

  1. Trump Deplorable says:

    FEMA is nothing ut government trash piled up in one place. It is their own private welfare state that is good for nothing except their own self-righteousness. A bunch of losers with government job that pays better than food stamps. It is time to get rid of this worthless welfare recipients.

  2. Frank says:

    Seems odd to require an I.D. card or pass to use the showers. I understand that moochers may come at meal time, but people are already stressed out and I am sure if our government can use taxpayer dollars to feed hungry people in other countries, they can help out American citizens with food, shelter and anything else they need. It’s not rocket science to purchase toiletries, provide food, refreshments, and even setup a few tents or domes or whatever to process insurance claims, counseling or to set up a clinic.

    This they find difficult and requires military level security, but a party for politicians and celebrity guests they can pull off without a problem. it’s amazing how providing help to Americans on our own land is treated like a huge problem and the people are treated like prisoners or illegal immigrants. Yet people live in damaged homes, or camp on their own property or at a camp site or work with family and they can do what FEMA does, but better and more effectively and they are happier.

    • ontoiran says:

      illegal immigrants wouldn’t put up with being treated like economically disadvantaged American citizens

  3. Craig Escaped Detroit says:

    Yes, FEMA (or ANY government agency) cannot be relied upon to help you when you need it.
    Bottom line? Be smart, be clever, don’t do stupid stuff, don’t make stupid plans.

    If you live in a FLOOD Zone? GTFO !!!

    If you live in a High Crime area? GTFO !!!

    If you live in a high tax area? GTFO !!!

    If you live in, next to or near a contaminated area (including any type of nuclear site?) GTFO!!!

    If you live near a volcano, landslide zone, earthquake fault zone? GTFO !!!

    Don’t forget about Fukushima making the entire Pacific rim into a cancer-nuclear zone. GTFO !!! (and that includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon Vancouver, California, Hawaii, Taiwan, China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Baja, Acapulco, etc.)

    Living in the middle of a bunch of Monsanto- “ROUNDUP Happy farmers”? GTFO !!!

    Living downwind from a Hog Farm, manure ponds, etc? GTFO !!!

    Living downstream from a DAM that may burst and drown you? GTFO !!!

    Living in a place where the winters will kill you if your heat goes out? GTFO !!!

    Living near a prison, or near a drug cartel area, or gang infested area? GTFO !!!

    Living near some chemical warehouses, industrial area that will kill you from pollution or contamination from a warehouse fire or chemical spill? GTFO !!!

    Living near the railroad tracks (where derailments can spill all kinds of deadly things?) GTFO !!!

    Living under a flight path or end of the runway (crash zone)? GTFO !!!

  4. Josh Hammerstein says:

    I was a first responder at the Greensburg tornado disaster (and many since, with and without FEMA). Was part of the Kansas All Hazard Behavioral Health response team. Went door to door evaluating for safety and emotional stability, pushed shopping carts (we also had 2 ATVs) full of supplies around town while on rounds, pointing folks to resources and information, giving out food, hydration, leather gloves. My son even sent me to the site with a dozen of his stuffed animals to give to kids who had nothing. FEMA was great. Anything we needed for citizens, we asked for and received, no paperwork or questions. Just loaded up our carts or ATV and off we went. FEMA supplied 4 man tents, showers, good chow to responders, was there for 7 days. My only complaint was when President Bush arrived and we had stop working as he toured the town.
    All that being said, I would never trust my family’s safety to the kindness and generosity of others.

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