FEMA repeats orders for millions of blankets and other worrisome supplies
By James Smith
August 28, 2013
In January 2011, Alex Thomas at The Intel Hub broke the news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had requested 7 million cotton blankets, millions of servings of Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MRE), and millions of underwater body bags.
History is repeating itself. Because they’re ordering 6 million more blankets, and thousands of gallons of propane, diesel, and gasoline.
Worrisome, because the original requests from January 2011 have been erased from the FBO website. Blankets, body bags, etc. All the information has been deleted from the FBO website.
So much for the most transparent administration in American History.
Let’s start with the blankets, as the body bags have not YET be requested.
In the latest solicitation, FEMA is requesting 6 million blankets. The specifics are as follows:
Size: 66″ x 90″ Twin size
Type: 100 percent cotton, woven blanket that has plain weave borders, hemmed edges and is static-resistant, pre-shrunk, autoclavable and machine washable.
While the minimum order that would be only one dozen, the solicitation states that a maximum of 6 million blankets could be ordered.
Assuming that the 7 million blankets ordered in 2011 were the same type as this current order, what happened to them? If the blankets are to be washable and autoclavable, ostensibly to clean and sanitize, where are the 7 million blankets now?
Also, assuming that most were used in recent disasters, were these reusable blankets tossed into the trash? Were they even used? We will never know.