During the past few years, much news has been made of Executive Orders. Whether or not you agree with the decisions of the various presidents, the fact is Executive Orders are in effect until rescinded by either the issuing POTUS or one of his successors. And they carry the same weight as legislatively-enacted law.
One E.O. most concerning to preppers is one put forth by President Jimmy Carter. President Carter is responsible for establishing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) in early 1979. Subsequently Executive Order #12148 issued a few months later combines a handful of other federal agencies and grants sweeping powers to the newly formed F.E.M.A. Several existing Executive Orders were also consolidated at the same time. This E.O. is interpreted by many to give F.E.M.A. authority, in the event of declared emergency, to not only confiscate all stored supplies but also to press the general citizenry into service to assist with managing the disaster. This interpretation can scare the life out of folks who have independently and wisely worked hard to prepare for an emergency.
Personally I don’t really have an opinion and I am certainly no expert on Presidential Executive Orders, but here’s what I do know: Keep on quietly accumulating extra groceries and equipment you think you’ll need in the event of a disaster. If necessary, make ready for an evacuation and likewise, keep all your plans on the down low. Keep your gas tank on the upper half and set aside some cash in your sock drawer. Tune up your camping gear, make sure that camping stove will light and pick up a few extra propane canisters. Flashlight batteries, candles, matches are also on that list as well as non-perishable food items. In other words, just keep doing what you’re doing while staying under the radar.
As always send me your questions, comments and conspiracy theories to firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous columns are on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is a retired Postmaster and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers.