Barack Obama Warns Americans “To Be Prepared For A Disaster”

Posted by on June 5, 2016 in Environment, Preparedness with 45 Comments
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By Michael Snyder | Activist Post

When Barack Obama speaks to the public, it is very rare that he does so without a specific purpose in mind.  So why is he urging Americans “to be prepared for a disaster” all of a sudden?  On May 31, Obama took time out of his extremely busy schedule to deliver an address at the FEMA National Response Coordination Center in Washington.  During his speech, he stressed that every American is responsible for preparing for disasters, and that includes “having an evacuation plan” and “having a fully stocked disaster supply kit.” These are basic steps that I have been encouraging people to do for years, but if they won’t listen to me, perhaps they will listen to the man currently residing in the White House.  The following excerpt from Obama’s speech comes directly from the official White House website

One of the things that we have learned over the course of the last seven and a half years is that government plays a vital role, but it is every citizen’s responsibility to be prepared for a disaster.  And that means taking proactive steps, like having an evacuation plan, having a fully stockeddisaster supply kit.  If your local authorities ask you to evacuate, you have to do it. Don’t wait.


This speech was timed to coincide with the beginning of the hurricane season, although hurricanes have not posed much of a threat lately.

In fact, a major hurricane has not made landfall in the United States for 127 straight months.

But without a doubt, we all need to be preparing for disaster.  Hurricanes can create a short-term emergency that can last for a few days, but there are other threats that could create a major emergency that could potentially last for an extended period of time.  That list of potential threatsincludes a major volcanic eruption, a natural or engineered pandemic, a west coast earthquake, a New Madrid earthquake, a tsunami on either the east or west coasts, a meteor impact, Islamic terror, war, an EMP burstthat takes down the power grid, cyberwarfare, economic collapse, and civil unrest resulting in the imposition of martial law.

Of course the items that I just mentioned are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, in different scenarios we could actually see multiple events happen in rapid succession.

It is interesting to note that during his speech Barack Obama also noted that the American people seem to have become very complacent about getting prepared…

And what we’ve been seeing is some public complacency slipping in; a large portion of people not having preparedness kits, not having evacuation plans.

This is exactly what I have been noticing as well.  There appears to be a tremendous amount of apathy out there, and relatively few people really seem to feel much urgency to get prepared these days.

My contacts in the emergency preparedness industry have been telling me that sales are way down right now.  There was a big peak last fall, but since then it is like interest in prepping has just fallen off the map.

Ultimately, those companies are going to be okay because interest will pick back up shortly as global events begin to spiral completely out of control.  However, of much greater concern is the fact that people have not been using this period of relative calm constructively.

Just like we have seen in Venezuela, time to prepare eventually runs out.  And someday there will be millions of parents that are absolutely horrified when their children come to them crying out for food and they don’t have anything to give to them because they didn’t heed the warnings and they didn’t get prepared.

When that day arrives, many of those families may be forced to turn to whatever help the government is offering at the time.

One more thing that I found particularly noteworthy about Obama’s speech was that he said that there is now “a FEMA app” that can direct you to the nearest “FEMA shelter” in the event of a major emergency.

If you need information about how to put together an evacuation plan, how to put together a disaster preparedness kit, as Craig said, we’ve got an app for everything now.  We have a FEMA app in English and in Spanish to help you prepare your family for a disaster.  You can update the National Weather Service alerts.  You can get safety tips for more than 20 kinds of hazards.  It provides you directions to nearby shelters.

Could you envision yourself and your family having to take refuge in a “FEMA shelter” someday?

If not, you should do what you can to get prepared now.  Over the next couple of days, my wife and I will be releasing a couple of new videos about preparation on our YouTube channel.  I hope that many of you will check them out.

Unlike Venezuela, it looks like we may still have a little bit more time to prepare for what is ahead.  Some people will relax and use this time to party, but those that are wise will work diligently and will do what they can to get ready for the exceedingly challenging times that are rapidly approaching.

Hopefully you are listening to the warnings and are heeding what the watchmen are saying.

If not, the consequences for what will happen to you and your family will ultimately be on your own hands.

Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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  1. Be prepared — if you can afford to. Otherwise? Too damn bad. I guess us poor folks who struggle to even live somewhere on our meager pay are responsible for spending money we don’t have to prepare for a disaster that may or may not happen?

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  3. pretty sure disaster is part of population control

  4. All this does is, allows the insurance companies to raise our rates

  5. Man made destruction…praying for help yet…uneasy feeling…about this…

  6. Several western states have made collecting rain water illegal. Yay Murica!

  7. Fear mongering! Be prepared instead for something amazing!

  8. The only way they know a disaster is coming is because they’re the ones planning and conducting the ‘disaster’ aka: false flag. Our Tyrannical Government at it’s finest.

    • christinee2412@gmail.com' chris says:

      Niburi has bedn sighted globalky – planet next ti abd moving around sun 2016. I and heaps others have seen it few times.

  9. Unfortunately those unprepared losers need a swift kick in the ass only a disaster can give them…the rest of us get caught in there chaos!

  10. We already have one, it is called bark insane obama

  11. DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT MAN SAID READ THE HOLLY BIBLE SURE YOU CAN FIND THE TRUTH!

  12. should have warned us 8 yrs ago :-

  13. Should have Warned Us during his CAMPAIGN…

  14. I kinda want a disaster, at least it will reboot everything and get rid of bullshit. Bring it!

  15. Sarc Mound Sarc Mound says:

    That they are planning

  16. Natural or Unnatural Disaster, what’s coming lst? Can President Obama predict a natural disaster?

  17. Seth Quick Seth Quick says:

    Yolanda C. Laguitan u guys need to stock up I don’t want to have u guys dying

  18. Dollar collapse and martial law coming soon… the real life hunger games

  19. YES TO prepare for shocks and don’t take things for granted because those who do will most suffer

  20. also meditate pray and sing songs of praise to DIVINE MERCY

  21. The shocks are going to be like the WIND

  22. no one is going to escape from it even trees animals and every living thing

  23. Mother Nature is on the war path all over the earth, doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

  24. Now that I’ve read the speech and got beyond the head line, I agree, you never know when there may be a flood, a tornado etc. so try to prepare. Save some of your food. Have medical supplies water. These are not hard to get and set aside.

  25. On his way out and now talks the truth? Does he realize people listen to Putin’s speeches to find out truth with in the USA government.

  26. Tom Rudd Tom Rudd says:

    it’s already here.

  27. Mary Price Mary Price says:

    Listen to his speech. Fact check people. He only said it’s in everyone’s best interest to be prepared. We all know that. Extra food, plan for evacuation, important papers, plans for your pets, etc.

  28. Daniel Watt Amy Moth

  29. Seriously, we, the rest of the world have been telling this to americans forever. Hope they’ll listen this time to their own president.

  30. Danny Ca Danny Ca says:

    If there was a disaster a large portion if the population would suffer they cant even grow a tomato plant or swim

  31. I wonder if there talking about nibiru

  32. Any self-respecting and thinking civilization would not tolerate the utterly obsolete and absolutely pointless political/religious sublayer that plays a game called creative accounting with economists on a budget, and designated business areas you call sovereign countries crawling along like headless chickens, because of an absolute lack of leadership. The vatican’s private capital alone can restore and back up economies.

    You either start thinking, or you will be swallowed by your own dogmas. There is no such thing as austerity driven capitalism. There is no such thing as political/economical science either, because by applying it, you would now be preventing economic crisis. Belief systems is all you apply. And it is precisely not moving on from belief systems what prevents you from predicting anything at all. You don’t know how to design your future, and you have a permanent, clear lack of critical data.

    Everything that utterly operates as it does, was absolutely designed to do exactly that.

    • Austerity is merely the politics of scarcity, and scarcity has been purposely engineered into capitalism as a control mechanism…those who control the resources control the power…

  33. Yes yes let’s prepare! I’ve ordered a bunch of fancy Chinese arms online.

  34. Stay away from the FEMA shelters is first line of defense

  35. We know befor you aware us Bible said if you bleve God what says, 2:Thessalonians 2 :1-17 Read from the bible. KJV.

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