Barack Obama Warns Americans ‘To Be Prepared For A Disaster’

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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 stocked disaster 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 threats includes 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 burst that 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.

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on*

10 thoughts on “Barack Obama Warns Americans ‘To Be Prepared For A Disaster’”

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

    Bill Koenig frequently makes the association between hurricanes and US presidential policies, especially US presidential policy with Israel, stating often that hurricane were God’s judgment against George Bush or others for trying to get Israel to sacrifice some of its land for for some other policy.

    The problem with such thinking, which I have always argued against, is now well illustrated. Either God decided that hurricanes were not effective so stopped sending them (which would presume God didn’t know ahead of time, as nearly anyone could have said, that hurricanes would not likely communicate his displeasure to a modern president) … or God is very please with Barrack Obama’s policies, so that he has not only stopped hurricanes as his judgment against America but also stopped earthquakes, as we haven’t had any majorly destructive earthquakes in a long time, too.

    I think that is why Jesus taught that earthquakes and stormy seas (of which hurricanes are the worst) are something that will always happen, but they don’t pertain much to the end times or God’s judgment: “These things must happen, but the end is not yet.”

    Because they have been happening for thousands of years, such as when the tower of Silom fell (from an earthquake) and killed a lot of people in Jesus’ day, they are not signs of God’s judgment. Yes, there will be a huge earthquake in the end times (maybe more than one), but it will be unlike anything mankind has ever known. Given other prophecies in the Book of Revelation, I would suspect THAT earthquake is caused by an asteroid or comet impact so severe that it radiates cracks for hundreds or thousands of miles in all directions — a literally earth-shattering event.

    But the idea that volcanism and earthquakes that come from routine earth events (plate tectonics that are daily ongoing forces that build up stress) or hurricane for tornadoes (normal heat convection on a planet so big that sometimes heat convection reaches extremes by human standards) are God’s judgment, is I think a very misguiding view of God.

    If one accepts them as signs of the times or of God’s judgment, I think to be fair one has to say that God must be relatively appeased right now — at least with the US and Obama — given we have had a lot fewer hurricanes than we did under George Bush and no severe earthquakes here in the US. (Not a conclusion I would want to make, so I’ll stay with hurricanes and earthquakes not being reliable signs of the end times and not particularly being associated with God’s judgment — not to say they are NEVER associated with God’s judgment, but it did not seem to be a way he spoke to people or judged people or sent signs in the days of the Bible, other than the one earthquake associated with Jesus’ death.)

    “Do not fear. These things must happen [because that is how the earth works all the time], but the end is not yet.” So, for a reliable sign, he gave “the abomination that causes desolation.”


    • The abomination of desolation has already been revealed. In these “latter times” he has entered the congregation and turned the peoples head to chasing after the goal of being God’s law enforcement officers outside the Church, rather than a witness to his free gift. We are so taken up and preoccupied by our neighbor’s sin. that we have forgotten what Jesus looks like. Let alone, be a reflection of His love for the sake of the unsaved.

      • I agree with all of your thoughts regarding the cheap moralistic laws we try to lay on people who do not even believe in Jesus, instead of focusing on living truly righteously. That to me does not in any way mean legalistically (obeying all the “to be obeyeds”). It means living humbly, kindly, lovingly, generously, and most of all RIGHTly as in JUSTLY with others; i.e. fairly, honestly, and in an unprejudiced manner.

        So many in the church think that living righteously means avoiding a list of sins (as if the law still applied); but it really means living RIGHTly or justly before God and man. I far more prize as righteous the person who is honest and who helps others and who stands up for fair treatment of others, though he cusses and walks in a ring of smoke and watches all the wrong movies, than the one who lives “cleanly” but who is quick to judgment or who focuses on the wrong being done by people who are not even Christians (so there is no reason they should be following a Christian rule book) or who is not objective and fair in his treatment of other people, other races, other religions.

        In other words, true righteousness, in my understanding is all about how you treat other people. The law of the Old Testament was replaced by the much simpler law of the New Covenant — a law that is so simple it can be remembered by (written on the hearts of) anyone and everyone: A NEW COMMANDMENT (new law) give I unto you: That you love one another, even as I have loved you.” That’s it. ALL the requirements of the Old Covenant have been met by Jesus, and he has only issued one law to replace the hundreds of laws of the Old Covenant. It’s really a two-part law: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all you mind, all your body, and all your soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. Do THAT, and you can do no wrong.

        You cannot in love, cheat a person, judge them harshly or wrongly, physically abuse them, emotionally abuse them, seek forgiveness when you have failed them, fail to find mercy for them where it is available for them, not be hospitable toward them, be disrespectful, act proudly toward them, show off your own spiritual cleanliness, fail to help them when they need it, fail to stand against those who are treating someone else wrongly, show partiality toward friends over a third party.

        Christ did not love us that way. The list of things one can derive from that simple law goes on and on. It covers a lot of ground (enough to work on for a lifetime), but there is no complexity in understanding it. Jesus gave us a litmus test: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We pretty much all know how we’d like to be treated in each circumstance we find someone else in. He also gave us an example. It doesn’t leave room for spiritual pride.

        Not once did he judge Rome for acting Roman; so I’m pretty certain he would not have us judging America or judging people for living as wildly as Romans because he NEVER did. He knew that if he taught genuine love toward God and others that all the rest would pretty much sort itself out.

        With all of that said, I think none of that is a clear sign in any respect of the end times. The abomination that causes desolation was given as a clear (unique) sign that would let people know they were in the final days. I THINK that sign is the construction of a new Jewish temple on the Temple Mount.

        The reason I think so is because that temple, if it happens, will certainly be the ultimate abomination against Jesus Christ. It will be truly built by temple builders who prefer cornerstones made of rock over Jesus Christ as the cornerstone in a temple built of human souls in that it will be built by Jews who know all about Jesus Christ but who solidly and emphatically (sometimes even violently) reject him and all that he stood for. It will be man’s willful attempt to live under the law in preference to living under grace.

        Jesus spoke of the Abomination that Causes Desolation as he and his disciples were leaving the Temple Mount and he was telling them how the beautiful temple of their time would be torn down (because God was about to have it destroyed in order to the Old Covenants path to forgiveness through through the sacrifice of animals and leave no path but Christ). So, just as he was talking about the end of the old temple as the end of the age of the Old Covenant (Old Testament), so he talks about the human attempt to rebuild it as a sign of the end of the age of the New Testament. That temple will hideously represent mankind saying, “We will have religion OUR way. We will have the law!”

        The law has not been abolished for the simple reason that it will judge all of those who continue to chose to live under it, rather than under grace. So, it remains in effect, even though Jesus fulfilled it for all who live under his grace. “I came not to abolish the law [because it will remain in place to judge those who prefer their own self-righteousness over my grace] but to fulfill the law [so that you don’t have to live under it because I have fulfilled all the requirements of the law and given all the credit to you IF you give your allegiance to me}.

        When you see the first cornerstone of that temple standing in the holy place (as Daniel describes “on a wing of the holy place” or on the corner of the holy place, you know the end days are fully here. The “holy place” that the prophecy mentions is often mistaken to be the “Holy of Holies,” so people think it means someone or some object will stand in the Holy of Holies, the most holy sanctuary of the temple. But I think it means something more holy than that. The Holy of Holies was room built over the rock where God made his covenant with Abraham and provided an alternate sacrifice. It is the actual site that is holy, more than the room that enshrines it. So when you see the first stone go up on one corner of that holy place, that in itself is the ultimate sign, and it is ALL ABOUT a return to legalism.

        The temple is not just an abomination against Jesus Christ. The very first morning when one corner of it occupies the holy place on the Temple Mount; it will cause true desolation because it will immediately spark a war that grows and rages like wildfire through the Middle East. Just one cornerstone standing its ground “on a wing of the holy place” is a direct challenge and affront to the entire Islamic world. It will be immediately received as a call to war.

        So, the cornerstone that the temple builders will choose is fully an abomination, and will certainly make the area desolate, as nothing creates desolation as severely as does war, and what war could be more severe than that supercharged conflict of race and religion and territory?

        That’s why Jesus says, when you see it, GET OUT OF THERE! The end of an age is nye.

  2. Well, it took the man seven and a half years to do it. But at least, he has finally said something helpful.

  3. Thing of it is, we as Christians know there is a coming disaster. But we have the ultimate escape plan.

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