Why Did FEMA Just Put a Rush Order on 5 Million Bottles Of Water?

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By Daisy Luther

Sometimes, we can get a hint of things that are to come by watching what the government is doing to prepare. After all, their intel is way better than ours, and they do have a tendency to keep secrets.  Of special interest to anyone who like to don the tinfoil and try to figure out what may be coming down the pipe are the actions of FEMA, the agency which is in charge of “managing” emergencies here in the US.

So when they place a large order for something that they want absolutely immediately, I pay attention.

A few days ago, FEMA put out a solicitation for 5 million bottles of water, to be delivered within 2 days. It said they had an “urgent requirement” for this water.

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From Fedbizopps:

Bottled Water
Solicitation Number: HSFE70-16-Q-0034
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Location: Response Branch
Solicitation Number:
HSFE70-16-Q-0034
Notice Type:
Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Synopsis:
Added: Aug 24, 2016 8:16 pm

FEMA has an Urgent requirement for bottled water.

Quantity up to 5,000,000

Bottled Water must be delivered in 1/2 or 1 liter bottles only

All Trailers are required to be dropped at delivery location for up to 30 days

All bottled water must be received by Friday, August 26, 2016
Delivery Hours 1300 – 2000

Delivery Location

ISB Maxwell AFB
55 Lemay Plaza
Montgomery, AL 36112

That sounds like a heck of an emergency, and one that might be approaching quite rapidly. Soliciting a supplier to deliver 5 million bottles of water with 48 hours notice doesn’t seem to be the normal way of doing business for FEMA, does it?

And why are the trucks to be left there for 30 days? That’s another thing that strikes me as interesting.

One possibility is that they are getting ready for the potential hurricanes headed for parts of the United States, but whether the pending emergency is that or something more sinister, we’d all do well to make sure our own water preparedness is up to speed.

What can we learn from this?

Water. You need water.

If you aren’t already well-supplied, stop what you’re doing and stock up on water. All sorts of water. Hand washing water, drinking water, water for pets. If you’re a prepper, you know the drill. You may already have everything you need on hand. Take a moment to check that you have everything you need.

We aren’t always lucky enough to get a warning that a water emergency could be approaching, so when you actually do get one, you’d be foolish not to heed it and get prepared for your family.

If you want to learn more about preparing for a water emergency, you can check out my book, The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide. If you aren’t prepared yet and you really want to be, check out my 10-week class, which begins on Sept. 11.

Whatever route you take to getting prepped, don’t delay. If FEMA wanted to be ready within 48 hours, that could mean that we have even less time.

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3) PreppersDailyNews.com, an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • It could be end of fiscal year spending? The fiscal year ends on Sept 30, they have to spend their allocated budget or lose the money this year and by that amount next year, I think. Perhaps they have to submit their spending paperwork/inventory list by Friday, August 26?

    But with these goons, who knows why they do what they do. Because, transparency. Eh.

  • I’m curious how you know this. I DO have water and plan on getting more but I am very curious how you know all these things about what the government is doing…..

    • All supplies ordered by the Gov’t are done through BizOps. Just google that and you will be able to see what they are looking for. From contractors to generators to water. Lets not forget the underwater body bags, blankets and other items placed for bids.

    • Yep – very true, Mac. The takeaway from this is that we, ourselves, need to make sure our water preps are up to speed. 🙂

  • 5 Million bottles (pints or smaller) is nothing. At the supermarket the packaging is 24 to a case.

    Assume they give one case to each recipient (4 to 5 days supply, max)
    that means 208,000 people could get a case each.
    In a hurricane situation, that’s barely enough for a small city for less than a week.

    And keeping the trailers without unloading them is smart. Why unload and re-load?
    You just hitch the trailers to a tractor and schlep them to where you need them.

    BTW, the bid said “up to 5 million”

  • I love Fla. spring water bottled under the name Zephyrills. I buy it at Publix, six pak of 23.7 oz bottles. Another good one is Nanzee springs out of Arlington, Georgia sold in grocery stores.

  • laura m. brings to light a good point (presuming one does not have access to a good natural spring of their own) what brands of bottled water are good to get?

    We researched the subject a bit and found out that my old favorite bottled water was loaded with all kinds of extra, ‘stuff’.

    The best brand we found available in our area was (surprise to me) Nestle brand bottled water. They had the least amount of added, ‘stuff’ of every brand available locally. Regretfully, I don’t recall what the runner-up brand was.

  • I have some info about the bottled water situation in La. I am a small 3 truck carrier, on Monday the 22nd of August My Driver took a load of water from Crystal Geyser in Orlando, Fl into camp Beauegard in Pineville,La. The trailer was supposed to be unloaded that morning, the trailer is still sitting at camp Beauegard loaded. Fema is giving out all kinds of different info on when the trailer’s of water will be unloaded. The Broker that I have the contract with has no idea when the trailer will be unloaded. I have spoken with a Fema rep. by the name of Pat Wood in Washington and She has no idea of when the trailer will be unloaded. As of today Sunday Sept, 4th, I am owed a total of 3650.00 for the load and it goes up 200.00 per day until the trailer is unloaded. This is just another situation that Are Government has no idea what They are doing!!!. Why do They need 5 million more bottles of water, when They can’t distribute what is already their!!!

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