How to Avoid FEMA Camps

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The mere mention of the words FEMA camps is bound to draw polar responses from our readers. Almost any topic that can be linked into a large list of what is routinely called conspiracy theories does that. It seems that no matter what the subject is, if there is some form of mystery around it, or possibility that the subject is completely made up, you will have those who will argue passionately for both sides. I think that the more sinister the underlying thought is behind the theory, the more passionate the arguing gets. If one side is seriously concerned about the risks of some dark plan to harm them, the other side will be giddy with excitement at the chance to shoot down theories and research.

For the people who believe in FEMA camps and see them as a very bad sign to watch for and fear, this topic engenders a wealth of responses and warnings about what to do if faced with the prospect. For those who think this is complete and utter nonsense, they will argue just as passionately to the contrary – that there are no such things and anyone who believes our government has plans to round people up and lock them in camps against their will is an idiot. I do agree with part of that and I’ll explain why.

What are these FEMA Camps you speak of?

To back up just a moment, for those of you who are completely unaware of what I am talking about let me give a brief explanation of what FEMA camps are. FEMA camps in this context are secretive government facilities all over the US that are supposedly being set up to house massive amounts of American citizens. The closest approximation to what these camps will be like is either a prison or a forced labor camp. Some would say that’s redundant.

Why would the government set up any camps like this in the first place? There are tons of theories, but the most common is usually to house people after either a collapse of our government/economy or some massive societal problem that displaces millions and removes the ability for the public to take care of themselves. I am not going to try and convince anyone of the plausibility of FEMA Camps and that isn’t what this article is about but I would suggest that if you are curious you do your own research. I am not advocating my position as either believing in the existence of FEMA camps or a sinister plan for their potential use or disbelief but I am sure that will be very clear as I write.What I want to do is describe how I think we could find ourselves in a situation where something very similar to FEMA camps would be possible and you would voluntarily go if you didn’t follow the steps below.

Let’s take the whole term FEMA camp out of the equation for a minute and talk about facts. In most natural disasters, there are settlements created for people who are displaced. If you look at the war in Sudan you can see refugee camps. In hurricanes, there are relief shelters and people willingly go to all of these. Is it such a stretch to imagine that some event in our country could compel large numbers of people to make their way to the same types of facilities? Remember Katrina when a lot of people flocked to the Superdome? Nobody made them go did they?

I maintain that nothing good can ever come from a situation like a refugee camp or even a relief shelter if this is on a massive scale. I am not talking about after a hurricane if your house is flooded. I am talking about a country wide problem where the only hope being offered is to make your way to a central location. I think we should all know how to avoid FEMA camps or any other camp for that matter for as long as humanly possible.

What could compel you to go of your own free will?

I think that there are a lot of reasons that people would willingly get on a bus or walk to a facility that has been set up by our government. If you think about it, things would be so much easier if people were asking to come in. Why fight with people when you can have them freely submit to whatever conditions you imposed on their stay because they were begging you to take care of them?


I think this is the easiest one to predict. Let’s say there was some horrible event like an economic collapse. Now, this probably won’t play out over days or weeks, but eventually after so much time a massive economic collapse could interfere with your ability to put groceries on the table. Let’s imagine that most people in the US lost our jobs, companies closed left and right and everyone was facing worse than depression conditions. How long could you hold out on food if there were no unemployment checks and no jobs to work? I think for most parents, the thought of their children going hungry is enough to drive you to do things you wouldn’t normally do. This can swing to the violent side with robbery or even killing someone for food, but the path of least resistance could be the camp. If you just go to the camp, they will feed you and give you a bed to sleep in.


Building off the desperation subject above, I do believe if we have a collapse of society, the bad elements will rise up and join together. Criminality is a fact of life and it is an inescapable part of our history. People will be taken advantage of and bad things will happen. If the scenario I described above happens, you could easily see gangs of people stealing, raping and killing to either get supplies they want or simply because nobody is stopping them. If you lived under the threat of marauders invading your neighborhood and harming your family, would you consider going to the camp for safety? If you go to the camp, we will protect you and make sure nothing bad will happen. We will have security to keep any bad people from getting in to harm you and you can finally sleep safe at night. Sounds tempting right?


What if you have a medical condition that requires medicine that is no longer available? What if you are injured and the hospitals are closed or it is more dangerous trying to get to the hospital? What if your daughter is sick with an infection she received when she cut her hand on a rusty can and you don’t have any antibiotics? Would you go to the camp where they have medicine and can treat her? Would you consider the cost of her living is worth any liberties you might give up? Would you turn in your firearms to the camp for treatment for your daughter? So how do I propose you stay out of the camps?

OK, again without going into what I think any camps might be designed for, I do think that there is a higher chance of people willingly going than being rounded up in the night. I could be wrong, but lets assume that we have an economic collapse. Maybe there is a war overseas or a biological outbreak that cripples our country and let’s further assume that going to any refugee or FEMA camp will not be good in the long run. What can you do to avoid the FEMA camps?

1. Be able to feed yourself – I have said this multiple times before and you can’t go to any other survival/preparedness website without getting the same advice. Make sure you have extra food so that you aren’t forced to go somewhere because you are starving. How much? I normally recommend starting with 30 days, but for this to really work I think you need as much as a year of food stored up. One year of food will enable you to last through the winter and get a garden started if you don’t have one already. Food is one of the easiest ways to prepare for any type of scenario that could affect your family. If nothing happens, you still have to eat every day.

2. Be able to defend what you have – I don’t mean counting on kindness of strangers either. If times get so bad that people are unable to feed their family, they will come for those who still can. You will need to have a means to keep your family safe and the determination to do what is necessary. That could mean taking a life. It might just mean making a defiant stand. Either way, history shows that expecting the best of people in times of crisis is foolish and if that is your plan, you might regret it.

3. Have a plan to provide basic medical care for yourself – This can be viewed two ways. I always recommend having a more than basic medical kit for every family and the knowledge of basic first aid. You have to know how to stop bleeding and it really helps to have bandages to do that. You have to be able to sterilize a wound and antibiotics are necessary for infections.  Your basic health is another aspect of this though. If you aren’t able to walk a few miles without getting winded, how do you expect to survive if we have a collapse? Make sure you are in great shape and that will make any stress like this easier to bear and the likelihood that you will fall by the way much lower.

I really believe that if anything bad happens like this, our society has overwhelmingly demonstrated that they desire to have someone take care of them. If that someone is the Government you will lose in some way. What will that be? Who knows – I leave that up to others to debate. I do know this though and that is that I will do anything in my power to stay away from any situation like that. I am taking steps now to prepare my family and am doing what I can to take care of them and make sure they can take care of themselves. The alternative is not attractive to me and I only see bad things happening if we go that other, easy, safe route.


  1. Larry Black

    January 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Great article, Pat. One of the unanswerable questions is what to do to avoid the government deciding that you need to be brought in “for your own safety” and/or for “national security during the duration of the emergency”. It’s not totally unreasonable a concern, when you consider the plight of Japanese-Americans during WWII under FDR. In many cases, these people lost everything.

    The average American (or group of Americans) is going to be no match for the U.S. military, or even the local National Guard. Stories of the Guard going through neighborhoods in New Orleans after Katrina and disarming the citizens are common, and the government could decide that having the desire and ability to feed yourself and your family w/out government help is unfair and, in fact, illegal. If you doubt this, please look up the Supreme Court case Wikard v. Filburn. In a nutshell, during the Depression a farmer was brought before the Court on the charge that his growing of wheat, on his own property, solely for the purpose of feeding his family and his livestock was an illegal violation of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution and he was ordered by the Court to cease and desist, on penalty of fine and/or imprisonment.

    Of course, if things were ever to go that far off the rails, Patrick Henry’s battle cry “Give me liberty or give me death!” may well become the new national motto.


    • P. Henry

      February 1, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Hey Larry,

      Yes, you are absolutely right and I didn’t want to go down that road in this post, but I do believe that it is a possible scenario in some but not all areas. Toe to toe I agree that no group of civilians is going to be a match for the military, but I don’t see battles happening in the traditional sense. If things get so bad that the military is actively fighting against civilians, I think all bets are off. I can’t see that happening without a face splitting disaster and even then, I think that it would be hard to expect US soldiers to readily and for a protracted amount of time be willing to kill US citizens.

      I can totally see the UN forces of other countries doing that though…


      • Larry

        February 5, 2014 at 7:41 am


        I thought you might be interested in this latest news on this topic from theBlaze.com. Justice Scalia: “You are ‘kidding yourself’ if you thin WWII style internment camps will never happen again.”


        • P. Henry

          February 5, 2014 at 9:14 am

          Thanks Larry!

          Yes, I saw that and was surprised that Justice Scalia reads our blog. Just kidding!

          As you probably know I agree with everything he says. His opinion that this can easily happen again is one I share and have written about in at least one other post. It is the main driver for why I wrote this post too. I believe that American’s get too bogged down in details of denial and forget the larger lessons of history. The foolish belief in “that could never happen now” is just that. Foolish.


      • Dani Gray

        January 27, 2016 at 10:11 pm

        With the influx of Muslims flooding the country I doubt very seriously if those soldiers will be Americans. It isn’t just FEMA setting up camps, Muslims are setting up Jihad training camps all over these United States – and they show NO mercy. Your best bet and only option may just be learning how to forage for your food and survive in the wild, while keeping on the move. But even better is repenting of sin and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. The evil that is happening in this world will not go on forever, there WILL be a day of reckoning. As Americans we should look at what we used to be when we were the greatest nation of our time (most Americans do not even know that the Constitution is a Christian document written by and for a Christian nation – something I only learned in the past year). Americans need to wake up – the bible shows what happens to nations that forget God. And we surely have dishonored God in America.

        • Kyle Hill

          March 23, 2017 at 9:17 am

          Most secular websites will keep trying to say America has always been a hard core Atheist nation.

    • SortingHat

      March 23, 2017 at 9:09 am

      I think the motto will be “Give me free benefits or give me death!”

  2. jenny m ingram

    April 27, 2014 at 2:44 am

    give me the chip…evil will rule I will eat a dead person and fast

  3. Sam Myott

    April 27, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Sam Myott Kernersville NC 27284
    My ex us to talk about this mess Jenny Ingram I would Take the camp over her any day
    I have fool water what ever I need
    do not come messing with me
    203 Barden Dr Kernersville NC 27284 Gilford co NC
    I will give u some thing u don’t want
    Sam myott….I dare U

  4. Michael

    March 21, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I think that there is some kind of plan in the works; but in reality is it achievable? If we do come across some hard times which i think is very possible; if the elite try to control the American public in these times states will divide the army will divide and it will be a crazy situation. But if you look at history rulers always end up being overthrown by the good hard working people. Don’t forget about God!! The most important thing to Remember is Jesus come to set the captives free. Jesus gives us are freedoms. The moral demise of a nation always proceeds the ultimate demise of a nation. I think it’s great to prepare but always remember Jesus!!! He is big daddy!!! One day we will all die it could be at 70 80 90 years old and if we will prepare and think this hard for a few years more on earth. What about eternity in heaven or hell?

    • Pat Henry

      March 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      I don’t know what is coming Michael, but I agree you should have faith in Jesus. However, we are also admonished to take action for our safety as well. “The prudent see danger and take refuge,
      but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” Proverbs 22:3.

      I think that you are right with respect to evil usually loses in the end, but it isn’t before they have wrecked lives. I aim to avoid that and fight that end if necessary.

  5. Michael

    September 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    This is bullshit and they will have to kill me I will not go my wife and I are homeless cuzz my ssi check was cut down from 733.00 a month to 488.00 a month and rent 588.00 a month I am disabled and its the government s fault so fuck them I was all about my country and wanted to do anything for my country but now I’m sorry to say were in a third war country life style which is bullshit I’m mike an I approve this message

  6. SortingHat

    March 23, 2017 at 9:15 am

    My theory is that Trump was planned controlled opposition which backfired. They and Trump didn’t think he would win so wasn’t really planning on doing anything as his past history shows friendship with the Clintons and Larry Silverstein NOT STAIN 🙂 Mandela Effect joke.

    And they thought that they would make the American Conservative look bad if they made Trump lose by saying outrageous things and putting his own foot in his mouth.

    Guess what? It didn’t work and now Trump realizes he can actually do something so the media hates him.

    The hate wasn’t so much when he was just saying stupid stuff about this or that which didn’t have anything to do with rebuilding our nation/infrastructure using real job labor but now that he has the fake news is being blown wide open.

    Think of Trump as your teacher on mid term exam day being called sick and the exam day has been moved up so you have extra time to prepare more then you have or if you hadn’t this is your big opportunity to get some kind of score other then an F or an E.

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