Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ever Get That Feeling...?

"Somethngs stirrin' in the weeds.:
That's what my maternal grandmother would say when she felt something not-so-good was coming and coming soon.
Recent under reported news stories and government dealings have got me feeling the same way recently.
First there is this bid outreach by FEMA which reads in part:

The purpose of this Request for Information is to identify sources of supply for meals in support of disaster relief efforts based on a catastrophic disaster event within the New Madrid Fault System for a survivor population of 7M(illion) to be utilized for the sustainment of life during a 10-day period of operations....
All meals/kits must have 36 months of remaining shelf life upon delivery.
Posted Date:
January 20, 2011
Response Date:
Feb 03, 2011 11:59 pm Eastern 
Now, they need to know right quick who can deliver these meals, how fast they can deliver, method they would use, etc.
What strikes me as unusual on this is that they only want them to have a 35 MONTH, that's 3 YEAR shelf life.
MRE's and emergency rations that go in bomb shelters and such have a ten to thirty year shelf life. The government orders meal rations all the time for the military. I check out gov. sites to see what they are buying as it does give a good idea of "what' stirrin' in the weeds".
FEMA has also been looking for bids for blankets with this bid outreach. Again, for approx. 7 million people.
And tents as well as other emergency supplies.

What does this mean? Do they know something that we (the American public) do not know and that they (the US government) has not deigned to tell us?

The Dept. of Homeland Security has been doing some interesting shopping as well. They call their particular query a *Request for Information* (as does FEMA and most government agencies. They are looking for body bags .
All this adds up to something...I just don't know what.

Food prices are going up again...all you have to do is stroll through any grocery store and compare the prices now to prices 6 months ago...or even 3 months ago...sometime the prices seem to go up weekly!

As I make preparations for my garden this year, I have decided to double what I had planned on planting.
Maybe I'll be wrong. Who knows?
But if I am not wrong, at least I will be prepared a little better.
I am storing more long term foods, as well. I plan to double my purchases of rice, beans, sugar, etc the next three months---just in case.

Somethings stirrin' in the weeds...


  1. I know exactly how you're feeling. We had discussed downsizing our garden, but now are thinking of ways to increase our yields.

    So, if the worst doesn't happen, you can sell or share the extras( the elderly are in need especially now with medication prices and groceries, well everything on the increase, except their incomes)*sigh*

    Thanks for sharing this info. some I'd seen before and some is new.

  2. Been working on stocking up as well. Hubby finally got a dose of reality re: living on the Oregon coast and the chance of a tsunami/earthquake, so he is supporting my efforts for the first time. I don't think the government has a clue of what is happening in real life!

  3. I have a situation where a local farmer market guy will give me his selling price in credit for anything I bring him. So if he's selling fresh green beans for $2 a pound, I get $2 in store credit for anything else I want. So..Once I run out of canning jars and such, I can take my excess there!


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