I'm just a little bit concerned. Let me tell you why. Understand that I'm sticking my neck out telling you this, but I think we deserve to know what our government is up to.
Very recently I was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security (click link below to see the letter). It was not the fact that they contacted me that has me worried, it was what they wanted that bothers me.
They want our emergency survival food. And they want it NOW!
Typically the government will post a Request For Information and receive bids from suppliers. As of this morning there are still no active public requests from DHS/FEMA. They are trying to keep this quiet by contacting makers of Emergency Survival Food directly and discreetly. Well...not on my watch!
You probably remember the big stir back in 2011 when FEMA put out that they wanted to purchase MILLIONS of meals of emergency food. The alternative media covered this topic so fiercely that they quickly cancelled the request saying that it was "premature" in nature.
But here we are, August 2013 and FEMA once again is trying to buy up large stockpiles of food. And they don't want anyone to know it, and they want to take immediately delivery.
Friends...I've studied history. That is what got me into preparedness in the first place. History has shown us time after time that those who depend on the government to come to their aid during a disaster are the ones waiting the longest for help. Sometimes help never comes...or comes too late.
I do not believe these critical emergency food supplies should be in the hands of the government, stored in some secret warehouse only to be brought out and distributed to their own agencies first, with the rest of us getting table scraps long after we need it.
These life-saving meals belong in the hands of people like you and me. This is why I declined the opportunity to sell to the Department of Homeland Security.
But let's not forget the most important part of this: Why the sudden sense of urgency? What do they know that we do not?
I'm not one to cry that the sky is always falling, but when DHS/FEMA make a move to quietly buy up emergency food supplies and ask how much we can ship within 24 hours...I think this is far enough outside the realm of what is "normal" to beg some questions.
Fortunately I've been in this business long enough to predict what happens next. One or more of the other "survival companies" out there will inevitably see a chance to make a quick buck from Uncle Sam (which is really paid for by us, the taxpayer). This could create a run on many of the core raw ingredients used by emergency food makers that will cause a ripple effect throughout the industry as supply chains become bottle-necked handling the FEMA/DHS request.
Fortunately I was able to put in a large order in anticipation of the impact of the FEMA request (and whatever they may be urgently preparing for) and I have production machines working around the clock to ensure an increase of the available supply in our warehouse as soon as possible.
Update: Due to the number of people responding to and acting on the information disclosed above we have updated our estimated ship time for Emergency Food products to two weeks.
Like myself, I'm sure you are also uneasy about this request. What it means we have yet to see. But as they say, "knowledge is power".
Stay safe out there, be ever vigilant, and take care of each other.
Owner, My Patriot Supply