You’ve worked hard and spent a lot of money in preparing for a SHTF situation, but what if it were all suddenly taken away by the government so they could give it to the unprepared masses? It’s an infuriating and completely unfair situation to think about, but it could happen.
A lot of preppers are worried about a government organization called FEMA, which stands for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA’s official purpose is to provide aid and disaster management during times of crisis, such as during a hurricane. One of its major responsibilities is distributing food to the public.
This seems pretty justified on the surface, but it pays to be skeptical when dealing with the government. As far as I’m concerned, along with many other preppers, nothing good can happen when the government wants to “help” you.
In reality, it’s entirely possible that armed FEMA officials will knock on your door and redistribute your supplies at gunpoint to everyone else who didn’t bother to prepare.
I’m going to break down how the most likely FEMA takeover scenario will play out and offer some advice on surviving a FEMA occupation.
What FEMA Will Likely Do
To prepare for a FEMA occupation, we need at least a basic understanding of what will likely happen. FEMA’s purpose is to provide relief during disasters. The question is, how will they do that?
FEMA will provide resources to a lot of people, especially in large metropolitan areas. To do that, they need a lot of resources and a way to transport them quickly.
The most efficient way for them to do that is to use their own reserves. However, no one knows how large their reserves really are, and they’ll likely run out very quickly.
At this point they’ll need to get supplies from elsewhere. FEMA thinks on a large scale, so they won’t come after individuals at first. But immediately after their reserves run out, they’ll probably confiscate food from food production factories and farms because that’s the quickest way to get a lot of food.
Once that runs out, they’ll move on to the next largest targets, such as local supermarkets and grocery stores. But in a crisis, stores will already be nearly cleaned out, so FEMA won’t get much from them.
After they’ve exhausted all their large-scale options, they’ll finally come after individual citizens who have resources…meaning you!
How to Protect Yourself from FEMA
What should a prepper do when disaster strikes and FEMA moves in? Of course, the answer is …be prepared ahead of time!
FEMA wants to assist as many people as possible, so that means they’ll operate most heavily in major cities, so the first thing to do is to stay outside of major cities, or at the very least quickly get out of the city as soon as possible.
FEMA has less support in low population areas. They’ll send people to rural areas to transport food from farms, but they won’t be interested in your relatively small stockpiles at that point.
Not everyone can live in a rural area all the time, so here’s another important tip: Don’t let anyone know that you stockpile anything!
Announcing that you’re a prepper not only makes people wary of you, it also puts you on FEMA’s radar. Keep a low profile on your prepping. The fewer people know about it, the better.
Consider hiding your stockpiles as much as you can. If FEMA shows up at your door, act like just another unprepared person, scared, helpless and confused. They’ll probably assume you don’t have anything and move on.
The Bigger Threat
My advice on surviving a FEMA occupation is purely theoretical because FEMA has never actually done anything to this extreme to interfere with the rights and resources of average citizens, as far as I’m aware (leave a comment if I’m wrong!).
While you should be prepared for a FEMA occupation, I believe that there are similar, more local threats that are more likely to happen that you should prepare for.
Rather than FEMA coming to confiscate your stockpile, what if it’s a band of looters or a hungry mob of people? The result is the same: Your stuff gets stolen.
I cannot stress enough the importance of not telling anyone about your prepping. The person stealing your stuff isn’t necessarily a FEMA official. It could be your next-door neighbor or someone at work who’s desperate and knows you have supplies.
Do you think I left out anything important? Let me know how you’re preparing to deal with FEMA and other looters during a SHTF scenario in the comments section below.