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.