Leda and the Swan (ca 1928)
Jerzy Hulewicz was a Polish painter. From 1907 to 1910, he studied painting in Paris and Switzerland, and in 1913 in Munich. During the occupation he worked on a Warsaw underground newspaper. He died suddenly on July 1, 1941.
Last week, I talked about some of the unprepared groups; you and your family may face during an event. Today, I'll cover some of the prepared groups.
The first governmental group, I mentioned last week as an unprepared group, is the National Guard. These honorable men and women will be the first of many groups to come to your aid during and after a disaster. With access to equipment, food, water, and many other supplies, they will be gladly welcomed by you and your family. Plus, the National Guard has also trained to respond to most disaster.
But, ... Like any other organization, they may not have the same priorities that you and your family have for your survival. Take Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, the police and National Guard confiscated firearms from survivors. They also forcibly evacuated people from their undamaged homes.
Another federal group will be the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) Most folks think FEMA is a huge government agency. It isn't.
FEMA is basically a small group of government employees that make plans for responding to emergencies. They use contractors to store water, food and other supplies. The contractors then deliver the supplies before and after the event. Lastly, FEMA will also use the National Guard and other federal, state, and local groups to distribute these supplies.
Like the National Guard, these United States military may also be present during an event. Currently, as far as I know, the military has always been in a support role providing aircraft, trucks, and other transportation or expert services.
More likely than not, during an extreme event (nuclear war, nationwide EMP attack, or other country-wide disaster) these United States military will be used to enforce Presidential executive orders (Executive Order 10998, Executive Order 11000, and many others) to provide calm (possibly shooting looters, on sight) seizing excess supplies, and compelling you or a family member to work a specific job.
Trust me, these United States military is very organized. Plus, they just might kill you to prove it : - (
Like the federal emergency organizations, your state will also have a state emergency management agency. Like F.E.M.A., they are planners relying on state-wide agencies to implement their plans. They will use the state police to involuntarily evacuate you, seize your family's firearms, and enforce the law, sometimes improperly.
Yes, I know; I categorized the National Guard in the federal forces. To me, for all intent and purposes, the various state National Guards are a federal force. They get most of their money, training, equipment, and doctrine from the federal government.
You probably get it by now.
But, ... I have to bring up a point, especially at the local level.
There are groups that will use their authority to take your supplies and equipment, outside the law. These groups are going to be made up of folks just like you and your friends. They will be members of the fire and police department, roads and grounds, and other local government departments. (Think corrupt cops)
Most of these groups will be hastily organized for an acute or rapidly unfolding event, but a prolonged event will allow unscrupulous government employees and elected officials to organize to steal your family's supplies, just like ...
Evil Survivalists and Evil Preppers
Folks, sooner or later, a member of your family is going to bring up the idea of running down to the local China-Mart to steal supplies.
Or, ... To steal supplies from other survivors.
Other folks are thinking the same thing, but they're looking at you and your family's supplies. That means you're going to have to deal with other organized survivors trying to kill you and your family, and I'm not talking about unprepared survivors, like last week.
These folks, not many, will have done or will do reconnaissance on your set up. They will test your reaction plans, develop a plan to overcome your defenses, and ... In other words, watch the video (yeah, it's kinda sensational but informative)
Or, ... Ambush your family and friends going to the market, doctor's office, or your 'retreat.'
These techniques, raids and ambushes, will also be used by organized criminal gangs to steal your supplies, rape you and your family, and commit other crimes. These group will be composed of many different ethnic groups, so you can't just suspect 'Whites', 'Blacks', 'Mexicans', 'Asians', or ... Don't forget, these criminal gangs may also be a multi-ethnic gang.
Oh, ... I almost forgot. You might think about how the Mafia (Italian, Russian, and others) would affect your preps.
Things You May Want to Think About
Don't Be 'That' Guy (Say Uncle)
Repeat after me "A firearm is always loaded. A firearm is always loaded. A firearm is always loaded. ..."
Next, repeat after me "..." Oh, heck, ... just follow the Firearm's Safety Rules
Happened Before. It'll Happen Again
During WW2, these United States infringed on its citizen's rights by deporting them to interment camps. The reason: these citizens were a possible threat to our country.
If you think this only happened to Japanese-Americans, you need to read the short article.
Conquest, War, Famine, and Death
I like 'rich' people. They come in so many different variations. There are the 'money' rich then there is the 'godly' rich. There is the 'land' rich, and the 'happy' rich. There is the serenity rich and many others. There is even a 'Gloom and Doom' rich
Well, ... The money rich are having a meeting and they have provided a chart of possible threats, they are worried about.
What is the Goal? (Say Uncle)
If you make something complicated enough, to me, two things happen. Folks give up and stop doing the activity or they break the law.
When it comes to law abiding citizens, they give up. I predict that is what the anti-freedom groups want.
If you haven't read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, you're missing out on the spoilers.
"when there's money involved, he seems to agree just often enough" (Say Uncle)
"The next chapter in the oil story is more likely to be scarcity rather than just a boomerang back to higher prices."
"One way the terrorists try to win is by using the institutions of the Western State to suppress information critical of, or likely to reveal, their operational methods."
"History is back with a viscous vengeance"
“Less Energy, Stuff, and Stimulation.”
"the Federal Reserve has already declared the winner of the generational war: The Baby Boomers won and the Gen-X and Gen-Y lost"
That's Just the Way it Was
Maine (ca 1940)