You Can’t Rely on the Government During a Major Collapse

FEMA search code on damaged home

Many people in America today are lulled into feeling secure because of the infrastructure that has developed around them. Food needs are met easily by a trip to the grocery store, shelter and warmth is provided by home and utilities, and a medical crisis is handled quickly by first responders and healthcare workers. But what if you woke up tomorrow and all or most of those things were unavailable? Who would you rely on to keep you and your family safe and fed?

If you said the government, then you might be in for a nasty surprise should any type of major collapse occur.

The Government Doesn’t Have a Good Track Record

No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you have to look at the facts. The American government—and many of the state and local governments—simply don’t have a good track record when it comes to handling crisis environments. Consider the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina. FEMA, the arm of the government that’s specifically tasked with handling these things, was untimely, unorganized, and, in many cases, not helpful when people in New Orleans and other cities needed the most assistance. Certainly FEMA came in with assistance, but that assistance was lackluster at best and didn’t reach most in need until well after the initial disaster.

Katrina wasn’t the only time the large federal government floundered. It’s just too big to move with the speed required in certain disasters. And in a major collapse, the infrastructure that supports the government may be too damaged or no longer relevant, leaving you to fend for yourself.

The Government Doesn’t Personally Care about You

Politicians like to bring up the single family that a program helped, but big government doesn’t really care about you personally. The federal and state governments care about big picture, big infrastructure, and overall statistics. It’s not that all politicians are heartless, but the system simply can’t handle caring about a single individual at a time when an entire city or region is in crisis. If the collapse hasn’t crippled the larger governments, they will try to help—but they will try to help the “group” of people—not the single person.

Trusting Yourself and Your Family First

All of these truths boil down to one thing: You must trust yourself and your immediate family first. Preparing now for disasters means you are in more control. Preparing means you don’t have to wait for an unwieldy, impersonal government to “save” you. Preparing means you are more likely to survive even if the government doesn’t.

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