I have no idea if this is true or not. Let’s hope it isn’t.
Excuse me? I asked incredulously.
FEMA will not allow any of the kitchen facilities in any of the cabins to be used by the occupants due to fire hazards. FEMA will deliver meals to the cabins. The refugees will be given two meals per day by FEMA. They will not be able to cook. In fact, the “host” goes on to explain, some churches had already enquired about whether they could come in on weekends and fix meals for the people staying in their cabin. FEMA won’t allow it because there could be a situation where one cabin gets steaks and another gets hot dogs – and…
it could cause a riot.
It gets worse.
He then precedes to tell us that some churches had already enquired into whether they could send a van or bus on Sundays to pick up any occupants of their cabins who might be interested in attending church. FEMA will not allow this. The occupants of the camp cannot leave the camp for any reason. If they leave the camp they may never return. They will be issued FEMA identification cards and “a sum of money” and they will remain within the camp for the next 5 months.
My son looks at me and mumbles “Welcome to Krakow.”
My mother then asked if the churches would be allowed to come to their cabin and conduct services if the occupants wanted to attend. The response was “No ma’am. You don’t understand. Your church no longer owns this building. This building is now owned by FEMA and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. They have it for the next 5 months.” This scares my mother who asks “Do you mean they have leased it?” The man replies, “Yes, ma’am…lock, stock and barrel. They have taken over everything that pertains to this facility for the next 5 months.”
We then lug all food products requiring cooking back to the car. We start unloading our snacks. Mom appeared to have cornered the market in five counties on pop-tarts and apparently that was an acceptable snack so the guy started shoving them under the counter. He said these would be good to tied people over in between their two meals a day. But he tells my mother she must take all the breakfast cereal back. My mother protests that cereal requires no cooking. “There will be no milk, ma’am.” My mother points to the huge industrial double-wide refrigerator the church had just purchased in the past year. “Ma’am, you don’t understand…
It could cause a riot.”
He then points to the vegetables and fruit. “You’ll have to take that back as well. It looks like you’ve got about 10 apples there. I’m about to bring in 40 men. What would we do then?”
My mother, in her sweet, soft voice says, “Quarter them?”
“No ma’am. FEMA said no…
It could cause a riot. You don’t understand the type of people that are about to come here….”
Bryan notes in the comments:
1. I recently earned FEMA certification for their CERT emergency response team. We have been receiving communications recently about possibly volunteering at Falls Creek.
2. I live in the Tulsa area, about 3 hours drive from Falls Creek.
Okay, now to start. Nobody is currently housed at Falls Creek. Nobody has been bussed in, so the part about buses bringing refugees in is not totally factual.
Second, Falls Creek is currently in standby mode in the event that it is needed. This facility will be in standby mode until the 13th.
Third, the presence of military in that area in so short a time is not out of the ordinary. It’s Oklahoma, you can’t go 50 miles without hitting a military post of some type.