FEMA Camps

Every Wednesday, I do what I call “Ask Me Wednesday” over on my Facebook page. Basically, I encourage my FB friends to post any questions they may have that are related to prepping or survival. If I can’t answer it off the top of my head, I’ll see what I can dig up through some research. It has gotten to the point where some of my friends will also post their answers, which is cool.

Today, a question was posed as to my thoughts about alleged FEMA camps. I posted a quick reply on Facebook but thought I’d address the topic a bit more here.

For those not in the know, the subject of FEMA camps comes up fairly regularly in online survival discussions. The idea is that FEMA or some other government agency has constructed several large internment camps throughout the United States. These camps are to be used for imprisonment and/or “re-education” of potentially difficult citizens if/when a major catastrophe strikes. Some folks go so far as to say the catastrophe has been planned ahead of time. Supposedly there are massive piles of plastic coffins to allow for quick burial of bodies. Trains have been set up to transport people from all areas of the continental U.S. to these various camps.

Ok, so that’s the basic theory. Here’s my take on it.

First, I find it almost impossible to believe such a massive undertaking could take place without at least a few folks involved spilling the beans. Building such massive camps would involve thousands of workers.

Second, one of the key elements often mentioned is the high security with these camps. Armed guards constantly on patrol, that sort of thing. Yet, for all the technology and manpower supposedly present, some guy manages to snap photos and upload them to his website, talk about them at length, and nothing happens to him?

And the photos you see on those websites? Quite often, they’ve been found to actually be train repair yards, National Guard bases, even locations from overseas.

I’ve been around for a while now and I have yet to have a single, credible person tell me a believable story about FEMA camps.

But, I will say this. If there were such camps, I can only hope FEMA is indeed in charge of them. After the colossal screw up with their response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, I’m not overly worried about their capabilities to pull off an internment camp.

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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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