FEMA buying up dehydrated foods.

From Off the Grid News Letter

“It really is a small world … especially in the preparedness and survival industries. With a community that prides itself on staying informed, you can’t really keep things secret for long. So it’s no surprise that we were among the first to get wind of some very unsettling news. In fact, it was so disturbing that we felt it was only right to share with you what we’ve learned.

One of the nation’s largest suppliers of dehydrated food has cut loose 99% of their dealers and distributors. And it’s not because of the poor economy. It’s because this particular industry leader can no longer supply their regular distribution channels. Why not? Because they’re using every bit of manufacturing capacity they have to fulfill massive new government contracts. Look, the government has always been a customer of the industry to some extent. But according to our sources, this latest development doesn’t represent simply a change of vendor on the government’s part. It’s a whole new magnitude of business.

And that’s not all.

Apparently, even though they’ve cut off their regular consumer markets, the industry leader I’ve just mentioned still can’t produce enough survival food to meet the government’s vast requirements. How do we know? Earlier this month, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) put out a Request for Proposal, or RFP, for even more dehydrated food. The RFP called for a 10-day supply of meals – for 14 million people. That’s 420 million meals. Typically, FEMA maintains a stockpile of about 6 million meals. Why the sudden need to increase the stockpile by 420 million more? (And that’s in addition to whatever our aforementioned industry leader is supplying.) It almost seems like they’re trying to stock a modern day “Noah’s Ark,” doesn’t it?

By the way, just days after the RFP went online, it suddenly went “poof” … vanished. Could it be that some high level official suddenly realized he was letting the cat out of the bag? That people aren’t stupid, and would recognize the implications of 420 million emergency meals? Has the government removed the RFP from the public process and approached potential suppliers privately instead? We may never know.

But here’s what we do know. This kind of spending by a minor government agency in this economy just doesn’t make sense … unless there are extraordinary circumstances behind it, circumstances we aren’t privy to. Because Congress has failed to pass a budget, the government is now operating under what’s called a continuing resolution. The practical effect of this continuing resolution is that the government stays in business, but all extras are curtailed. Agencies spend far less on travel and training expenses, for instance. And they certainly don’t start stockpiling supplies.

In this economic climate, you would expect FEMA also to be minimizing expenses. But clearly, they’re not. If you do the math, the approximate tab for 420 million meals comes to about a billion dollars.

What is so urgent that FEMA is spending a billion dollars on survival food?

Could officials be worried about extensive power grid damage from solar flares? (A big one hit last week and took out communications in China.) Are they worried about riots and demonstrations causing gridlock in communities? (The demonstrations in Wisconsin and Ohio have been peaceful so far … but look what happened in Egypt.) Are they worried about terrorist attacks? (Some reports say that there’s been more “chatter” lately on terrorist communication networks.)

But here’s the most important question. No matter what it is – are you ready for it?

Are the cans of soup and the extra jar of peanut butter in your pantry going to be enough? How long will it last you? Because let’s face it, in a true emergency, forget about finding what you need at the store. You know what it’s like when there’s even a moderate snowstorm in the forecast – no bottled water, no toilet paper, no bread to be found anywhere. The shelves are stripped bare in hours. Most people simply don’t realize how fragile the food distribution system is in this country. In order to squeeze out every penny of profits, most stores now use just-in-time inventory systems, which leave no margin for error. Any kind of natural or manmade catastrophe would cut supply lines to the stores and leave millions of people with no way of getting food. And it could be anything. Power outages. Riots. A terrorist attack. Flooding. Blizzards. Hurricanes.

If you’ve never gotten around to buying an emergency food supply, now is the time.”

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by simple simon on March 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Maybe this is it??… they are preparing for earthquakes and volcanoes…

    west coast (if off shore then expect tsunamis as well) plus New Madrid and an event in the Atlantic which will devastate the east coast (and drown part of Fl).

    Not the ‘end of the world’, as the world will be here for aeons to come. But it could be the end as we know it.

    Then there is Comet Elenin and the meterorite storm as we pass though its tail around October time….

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    • Posted by Michael on June 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      I have been using a method that has been very accurate in predicting Earthquakes. I used this method also to look back at a very large dat-set of Historical Quakes and found that it works for them as well. I believe there is a very good chance that a large quake will Hit Quito Ecuador by June 15th or there abouts. I have been within 500miles and less than a month off on many many quakes, but everyone expects you to be exactly right in order to have some knowledge in this. This does not work that was but still is very accurate. I knew there was going to be a quake in Japan, but had it closer to June 1st. There has been a great deal of activity in the Central America area including new volcanoes. This is what I saw before the Japanese quake as well. This method shows a great deal of possiblity of a quake in CA around May 20th of 2012 and also a very large quake for the New Madrid area. China and the East China Sea coast looks like it will be devastated….Please pray for Quito at this time..God Bless.

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  2. Posted by Michael on June 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    If there is an Earthquake in Quito Ecuador within the next 8 days toward june 15, 2011 we should all be concerned with the possibility of a quake in CA on up to Las Vegas around May 2012 and a Large Quake toward the East Coast around November of 2013. Thee will also be a large event in the East China Sea causing tremendous flooding along their coastline including ShangHai.

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