Since 9/11, our government has asked us to individually plan and prepare for surviving emergencies such as hurricanes, tornados, power outages or terror attacks. Even so, surveys show less than half of our adult population has made any such preparations. Emergency preparedness plans include storing enough water, food and fuel to last several days or weeks. Preparations may also include plans to shelter in place, evacuate unsafe buildings, access nearby shelters, and administer first aid. Some worry we are totally unprepared for a disaster on a national scale, particularly a worldwide catastrophe which could preclude us from getting help from other countries. The worst such disaster could be a nuclear, impact or volcanic winter resulting from a nuclear missile exchange, an asteroid or comet impact, or a super volcano eruption. The aftermath of any of these events would likely be much the same â€“the loss of several growing seasons due to years of extremely cold weather. Some wish to begin accumulating enough grain for such an emergency and storing it near population centers. They claim creating and maintaining a strategic grain reserve, as we have done with petroleum, is the solution to our catastrophic protection problem. Opponents claim such an effort is impractical because it is too expensive to purchase, store and secure food â€“which also needs to be regularly rotated. They claim individual households are more effective that the state for such efforts. However, others believe preparations on this scale could only be accomplished by government effort. They also say a strategic grain reserve would act as a hedge against volatile food and animal feed prices.
Pending Legislation: None
I oppose reforming current catastrophic preparedness policy
I support identifying a legislator, and/or establishing a DR long-term campaign, to create and maintain a strategic grain reserve with the capacity to feed the majority of Americans for several years