Executive Order panic

Over the weekend, the Internet sort of exploded with discussion about the recently signed Executive Order concerning “National Defense Resources Preparedness.” Lots of cries about martial law, troops taking our preps, and other assorted nonsense.

Before you buy into this panic, please take a moment, breathe deep a few times, and let Uncle Jim explain a few things to you.

First, this type of EO has been in existence for quite some time now. It harkens all the way back to 1939. It has been updated many times through the years, of course. But nowhere does this current EO mention anything about martial law or any of the other major concerns of folks who haven’t really bothered to even read the damn thing.

See, here’s the thing. This current EO supercedes a similar EO issued by President Clinton in 1994. The reality is that the new EO updates the terminology of the one from 1994 in a few key ways, none of which have anything to do with martial law or stealing our preps. Back in 1994, there was no Department of Homeland Security and the tasks related to emergency preparedness fell within the scope of FEMA. Obviously that has changed in the last several years so the EO was issued to make those changes official.

This EO assigns specific governmental bodies to do five things. Identify the necessary requirements for emergencies. Assess the capabilities of our country’s tech and manufacturing base. Be prepared to make sure necessary resources will be available when needed during an emergency. Improve the efficiency of our industries to support us in times of need. Foster cooperation between defense and commercial sectors.

There are also provisions set out to allow for the purchase of necessary equipment.

The current administration gets enough things wrong all on their own without us needing to add to the conspiracy theories.

If this EO is something about which you are truly concerned, I’d encourage you to first actually read it through and make sure you understand exactly what it says.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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  1. Jim…I did read this all the way through on Saturday…some parts twice to make sure I understood the legal-ese. No, it does not say anything about martial law or stealing prepper's supplies…at least in those words. It does, however, imply some of that, to a degree. It also gives (or perhaps, more accurately, re-affirms ) broad, perhaps potentially over-reaching powers to cabinet level positions without stating an involvement by congress being necessary. Things that are particularly concerning are the mention of bottled water, farming equipment, privately owned manufacturing facilities, etc. and the government's right to them at will….or in the event of a national emergency….which THEY get to decide. ( Also, I have not had a chance to research the other EO's mentioned in this EO ).
    Normally this would not be as big a concern…but this is not normally. This is an administration that seems intent on changing the way we do things here in the good ol' USA.
    Thanks for posting this blog. It's good to make sure people are not just jumping to unfounded conclusions.

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