ATF Planning For Grid-Down Disaster?

Friday, February 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

by Capt. William E. Simpson
February 20, 2015

Guess what? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (‘ATF’) has their own version of a Disaster Preparedness plan, or as Preppers say; a plan for when the excrement hits the fan (‘SHTF’).

I don’t intend any disrespect towards the ATF, but, as I read their ‘plan’ it’s clear that they are trying to catch-up with the rear of the ‘preparedness precession’, which in my opinion, has always been led by Preppers from the start.

Megalithic in scope and mass, the slow-moving Government and its various agencies, including FEMA, are trailing well-behind experienced Preppers when it comes to disaster preparedness strategies, planning, know-how and training. In fact, in many ways, they are suffering from their own ‘normalcy bias’. Laden with legacy programs from the cold-war era, FEMA is stuck in first-gear and continues to fail to rise above antiquated thinking, which has no application in regard to the new challenges that America faces today. And it seems like the ATF may be taking notes from them.

Even today (as of this writing), we still see FEMA advising people to have 72 hours-worth of food and supplies as ‘their plan’ for families and individuals. And that might be adequate for some of the short-term disasters; but what about the longer-term disasters that are finally being acknowledged by the Government? Most Preppers have read-up on the events during Katrina and more recently Sandy, which are minor problems compared to a national grid-down event. And even in those geographically localized events, things went poorly.

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