Barack Obama Warns Americans “To Be Prepared For A Disaster”

Barack-Obama-At-FEMA-Public-DomainBy Michael Snyder

When Barack Obama speaks to the public, it is very rare that he does so without a specific purpose in mind.  So why is he urging Americans “to be prepared for a disaster” all of a sudden?  On May 31, Obama took time out of his extremely busy schedule to deliver an address at the FEMA National Response Coordination Center in Washington.  During his speech, he stressed that every American is responsible for preparing for disasters, and that includes “having an evacuation plan” and “having a fully stocked disaster supply kit.” These are basic steps that I have been encouraging people to do for years, but if they won’t listen to me, perhaps they will listen to the man currently residing in the White House.  The following excerpt from Obama’s speech comes directly from the official White House website

One of the things that we have learned over the course of the last seven and a half years is that government plays a vital role, but it is every citizen’s responsibility to be prepared for a disaster.  And that means taking proactive steps, like having an evacuation plan, having a fully stocked disaster supply kit.  If your local authorities ask you to evacuate, you have to do it. Don’t wait.

This speech was timed to coincide with the beginning of the hurricane season, although hurricanes have not posed much of a threat lately.

In fact, a major hurricane has not made landfall in the United States for 127 straight months.

But without a doubt, we all need to be preparing for disaster.  Hurricanes can create a short-term emergency that can last for a few days, but there are other threats that could create a major emergency that could potentially last for an extended period of time.  That list of potential threats includes a major volcanic eruption, a natural or engineered pandemic, a west coast earthquake, a New Madrid earthquake, a tsunami on either the east or west coasts, a meteor impact, Islamic terror, war, an EMP burst that takes down the power grid, cyberwarfare, economic collapse, and civil unrest resulting in the imposition of martial law.

Of course the items that I just mentioned are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, in different scenarios we could actually see multiple events happen in rapid succession.

It is interesting to note that during his speech Barack Obama also noted that the American people seem to have become very complacent about getting prepared…

And what we’ve been seeing is some public complacency slipping in; a large portion of people not having preparedness kits, not having evacuation plans.

This is exactly what I have been noticing as well.  There appears to be a tremendous amount of apathy out there, and relatively few people really seem to feel much urgency to get prepared these days.

My contacts in the emergency preparedness industry have been telling me that sales are way down right now.  There was a big peak last fall, but since then it is like interest in prepping has just fallen off the map.

Ultimately, those companies are going to be okay because interest will pick back up shortly as global events begin to spiral completely out of control.  However, of much greater concern is the fact that people have not been using this period of relative calm constructively.

Just like we have seen in Venezuela, time to prepare eventually runs out.  And someday there will be millions of parents that are absolutely horrified when their children come to them crying out for food and they don’t have anything to give to them because they didn’t heed the warnings and they didn’t get prepared.

When that day arrives, many of those families may be forced to turn to whatever help the government is offering at the time.

One more thing that I found particularly noteworthy about Obama’s speech was that he said that there is now “a FEMA app” that can direct you to the nearest “FEMA shelter” in the event of a major emergency.

If you need information about how to put together an evacuation plan, how to put together a disaster preparedness kit, as Craig said, we’ve got an app for everything now.  We have a FEMA app in English and in Spanish to help you prepare your family for a disaster.  You can update the National Weather Service alerts.  You can get safety tips for more than 20 kinds of hazards.  It provides you directions to nearby shelters.

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Could you envision yourself and your family having to take refuge in a “FEMA shelter” someday?

If not, you should do what you can to get prepared now.  Over the next couple of days, my wife and I will be releasing a couple of new videos about preparation on our YouTube channel.  I hope that many of you will check them out.

Unlike Venezuela, it looks like we may still have a little bit more time to prepare for what is ahead.  Some people will relax and use this time to party, but those that are wise will work diligently and will do what they can to get ready for the exceedingly challenging times that are rapidly approaching.

Hopefully you are listening to the warnings and are heeding what the watchmen are saying.

If not, the consequences for what will happen to you and your family will ultimately be on your own hands.

Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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34 Comments on "Barack Obama Warns Americans “To Be Prepared For A Disaster”"

  1. The alien/military/industrial/complex is alive and well in the white house helping to spread fear and terror to all who are willing to obey the rule of the delusional elite. Another fine example of cubicle journalism helping US to remain misinformed.

    • Bradley James | June 3, 2016 at 11:57 am | Reply

      So true. I think the USA with all it’s spoiled entitlement types is one of the most dangerous places on the planet

  2. Arlene Lane | June 3, 2016 at 2:32 am | Reply

    America has been prepared for disaster since he became president, so why is he forewarning them when he helped to implement it, to put it more bluntly, he is the disaster.

  3. Just make your purchases in small chunks and /or for cash or you might be labeled a possible terrorist or person of interest!

  4. The no-name POTUS should have said use duck tape. The commoner will never have an underground hotel like the folks in DeCeipt.
    Besides – he is more interested in using women’s bathrooms. Tax Dollars at work.

  5. Pyra Gorgon | June 3, 2016 at 7:25 am | Reply

    What IF the FEDS really wanted everyone to make disaster preparedness caches so later on they can go around and collect all the stuff in one fell swoop? What IF they are saying this to boost sluggish retail sales?

    Imagine if 5% of the population were to go out and start buying prepper stuff how much of a bump that would do for the corporations?

    I’m skeptical of everything and anything the gov’t says.

    • I DON’T believe ANYTHING the government says…!!

    • Bradley James | June 3, 2016 at 11:54 am | Reply

      Rule #1 . Never believe the government.

    • sharon sampson | June 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm | Reply

      Yeah, yeah…you’ll make yourself crazy if you can’t keep a common sense thread in your own mind that makes sense. Of course it’ll be a bump to the prepper industry! There is a MARKET after all. You have to see that as a normal response in a capitalistic, individualistic thinking/worshiping society. So what? You don’t prepare? You don’t consider your neighbors or gangs or even swat teams coming to your home in order to confiscate any protection or necessary survival items??? That is the entire gig!! Have to think BIG to be on this other side thinking we are just peons in a pond that no one cares about! So one needs to care about themselves and think, and think and think and prepare….hide stuff, make ways to trip up any enemy to escape and live to battle another day…use our dog gone HUMONGOUS brains (that amazingly, nature keeps when we only are using 10-15% of these humongous brains on our best days)!!

      And live in the now, make lives that are very different from our parents/grandparents and now even our adult children and consider everything that might affect our futures and the futures of our GENES!!

      And truth be told, buying ‘prepper’ stuff is lame. Prepper stuff one can accumulate and/or make without ever once perchasing something a newbie ‘prepper’ would buy! Not cool, nor intelligent. Preppers know this. It is the newbies that are the market for ‘prepper stuff’ not intelligent, educated, experienced preppers!! They, we are the ones that know! how to grow gardens no matter what (think ‘the Martian’), how little we need of THINGS, how to track in the wilderness or better yet how not to get lost. How to feel safe and comfy in the wilderness!!! How to THINK to figure out how to solve problems without radio shack or grocery stores or gasoline or other such niceties we’ve gotten use to.

      We need to rediscover the KID in us that would love to live in a tree house, a hidden fort! To learn to ‘track’ teaches us the old language of the wilderness we used to know. Quite a satisfying life…once one gets over having to have a garage for 3 or 4 cars to include a big boat, toys and a house sized rv. yadayadayadayada, grinning widely!

    • Yes, question everything. JWC

  6. Obama tells people to be prepared for a disaster with “a fully stocked disaster supply kit” and then has his foot soldiers flush out and arrest Preppers….!!! Go figure…!!!

  7. OBAMA is the DISASTER he’s warning us about….!!!

  8. y3shuA imMANu3l | June 3, 2016 at 10:16 am | Reply

    Psalm 72:18
    Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.

    Psalm 103:20
    Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

  9. Wulfe N. Straat | June 3, 2016 at 10:24 am | Reply

    This headline smacks of yellow journalism. What Obama said is just common sense. Why pervert the true intent. Stop doing this and tell us the truth. This Activist Post is ridiculous.

    • Julius Martov | June 6, 2016 at 12:58 am | Reply

      You contribute NOTHING – You are a common SHILL !

      • Wulfe N. Straat | June 20, 2016 at 8:32 pm | Reply

        And, from what I’ve read of you in other posts, you seem to be nothing more than “a common shill.” Consequently, why are you even addressing me? You said nothing. You were/are a nonentity. Martov this a bit, Julius: you contributed NOTHING to this discussion.

  10. “having a fully stocked disaster supply kit’. Much to his chagrin, this “supply kit” would definitely include a fully functioning self-defense firearm and ammo.

  11. I wish Obama had made this warning to more people about 8 years ago.

  12. It’s just common sense to be prepared for an emergency, but the ignorant ones will only do it, when their pimp daddy tells them to.. So in that case, those retarded Obummer lovers need to listen!

  13. I’ve done what I can. I purchased a second home in the mountains but only a two hour drive from my city house. I have fully stocked pantries at both places. I always keep both my vehicles fully fuelled. I have marked two separate evacuation routes if necessary. My plan of course is to move to my mountain home as soon as any potential trouble becomes evident. My hope is that there will be at least some notice, even if it is just a few days.

  14. clarioncaller | June 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm | Reply

    Did Barry also mention to the American public that they should stockpile ammunition? Oh, I didn’t think so.

  15. Sucks! doesn’t it!…the abject hubris & audacity… as if it’s a foregone conclusion that we’ll all jump thru their NWO corporate hoops!…the longer we refuse to see their all enveloping trap being set up to be sprung… the more tightly woven the sticky webs are spun………..( as you outlined above.)

  16. Look up the Model States Emergency Health Powers Acts that were enacted in EVERY state after 9/11. They basically gave every governor the right during an emergency or pandemic [defined by them] to confiscate goods, businesses & buildings with NO compensation, force quarantines & vaccinations, restrict travel & assembly and some even specifically stated that the public not be informed of this “law” ahead of time.

  17. pesky_facts | June 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm | Reply

    I find it ironic how only a few years ago, the Govt considered those who took steps to prepare for disaster scenarios to be potential terrorists.
    “Storing more than 2-3 days of food? Well then … you might be a terrorist.”

  18. if there is to be a disaster. It would or will be started by his controller and boss Jacob Rothschild, why Obama has never told the truth, is because he has never been allowed to, and that is why America has not had a president since JOHN F KENNEDY, so for fifty thee years America has been without a leader, only an imposter is sitting in the oval office of the GREY HOUSE, I cannot even call him a president because that be showing respect for a man who has plenty of Rhetoric without substance. the Philippines has a new president who has very little rhetoric but he has a lot of truth to tell, so let us all hope that he will be allowed to show America the Way.

  19. vocal local | June 4, 2016 at 4:29 am | Reply

    In the event of a natl emergency govt. has always maintained law of seizure. Way back to the civil war when they did indeed take food and livestock to support the troops. Nothing new. I’m thinking govt. would be more apt to seize public utilities from privatized corp so we maintain heat, lights, water. Or perhaps guns and weapons. Prepping is a smart thing to do. Have a week or more of food on hand just in case. Plus the additional purchases contribute to our declining consumer spending. Every state has two fema identified retention sites here in WI we have Camp McCoy and Oxford the federal prison which I suspect will house prisoners as the local jails are already overcrowded so are the prisons. States of crisis especially civil unrest we know result in an increase in criminal behaviors and arrests they have to have some place to hold those that do not resist arrest. I believe law officials can shoot to kill under martial law. Designated Fema sites will become distribution centers and dependent on the type of crisis may provide safe shelter. We saw what happened at the Stadium with Katrina when Reno didn’t have a comprehensive plan. President Obama clearly stated when the authorities tell you to evacuate GO. I’m going down with the ship i suspect dependent on threat. If dirty bombs are going off get out.If the Madrid rocks I may stay put.

  20. “…he [Obama] said that there is now ‘a FEMA app’ that can direct you to the nearest ‘FEMA shelter’ in the event of a major emergency.”
    How convenient.

  21. Riverreed Ward | June 4, 2016 at 7:25 am | Reply

    Isn’t that sweet of Obama to warn America now that he emptied out all the Walmart stores and the coffers of the American people and has prepared tunnels for himself and his devious criminal government and so called military (potential murderers). Isn’t that kind of him to warn the American people to prepare for a disaster when he has stolen Americans taxes and other monies to support himself and those in government. Well thank you Mr Obama for your so called caring.

  22. Hugo Spinoso | June 4, 2016 at 12:26 pm | Reply

    it seems to me it would be simpler to keep everyone at home in the event of a disaster, even more so if its an outbreak, than to try and move people to some camps? what is the advantage of the camp, over private supplies? how long can the disaster last ? and how big can it be?.

    It just doesnt makes sense, private supplies at home for an extra month or more will be safer and cheaper in any disaster event.

  23. Been working on a little shelter for about 5 years now. Waterproofing is the biggest challenge. A hard rain will bring about 1/2 in of water on the floor. It’s taken quite an effort at my current salary to do this. I just hope I don’t really need it.

  24. BY SOTN

    The Barack Hussein Obama story will go down in history as the
    most incredible and implausible in U.S. history. “Incredible and
    implausible”, by the way, because the American people permitted such a
    transparent scam and ridiculous sham to be perpetrated in broad daylight
    … and in living color … for 8 very long years.

    Barack Hussein Obama: The Quintessential Manchurian Candidate

  25. vlad the impaler | July 27, 2016 at 3:01 am | Reply

    he’s the disaster.

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