Perhaps FEMA should advocate preparedness for a fortnight?

I was listing to the BBC this morning and they where discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The thought came to me that perhaps FEMA should advocate preparedness for 14 days or more.

Currently they just say you need 3 days of supplies.

What do my fellows think?

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I live in walking distance of a store so I am set. I also feel much better now that Bush is no longer President because under his leadership surviving something like a hurricane would be terrible.

When the problem is overreliance on FEMA, maybe more FEMA declarations aren't the answer.  "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."


I agree with the your sentiment about over reliance on the government.  However it is an honest question do we need to stock pile 14 days or should it be more?

I guess the better question is when do we expect to be able to return to our lives after a disaster.

You didn't ask about preparedness.  You asked about FEMA advocacy about preparedness.  My point was those are two very different questions, and conflating the two doesn't help matters.  People look to FEMA to rescue them rather than preparing.  Making FEMA out to be some authority on the matter will make things worse, not better.


If a storm is headed your way, you should be prepared to be without power for at least a couple of weeks ... and expect no help from FEMA or the Red Cross or anyone else.  People need to learn to think for themselves, not to wait around for the government to tell them what to do.



I agree with you completely.  I'm surprised that FEMA doe not make that more clear.  I was surprised the recommended preparedness level was just 3 days. 

Making FEMA out to be some authority on the matter will make things worse, not better.

I disagree with this. FEMA is the authority on the matter.  They are the ones, with organizations like Red Cross, who study disasters and disaster response.  If they come out with a gear list, that list will be authoritative.

We can live for more than 2 weeks without food. If you have enough water for 3 days you can ration it and stretch it out as much as possible. You can also recycle urine and other things through evaporation. If you have the ability to boil and or treat water you can usually find a source or use that to help with the recycling. I just don't see a need to have 14 days of supplies available. If you are prepared for 3 and you have a plan and some knowledge you can stretch that for a longer period of time if needed. The three days simply allows you time to think and assess the situation without panicking and have a clear head while deciding on what to do next.

I just don't see a need to have 14 days of supplies available.


I can go a month, easy, with just what I have in my house.  Without any preparedness.  How do you figure there's no need for half that?

I think we are pretty much on the same page. I don't think you need a separate cache to sustain yourself for 14 days in addition to what one has in their house.

And the city folk who are used to stopping by the grocer every day and aren't in the habit of keeping a stocked pantry?

You can talk all you want but I doubt you will get through to them. Those are the slow members of the herd and are meant to be picked off.


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