Well this is a lovely development.
Last night while reading SurvivalBlog, my husband picked up this cheery article. It seems that Louisville, Colorado is putting together an emergency response plan which includes language that gives the city the power to "commandeer private property" and "seize" buildings in a crisis.
Louisville Police Chief Bruce Goodman "has been pushing Louisville to adopt an emergency preparedness plan for several years" and says he "understands how some of the draconian language in the ordinance raises 'red flags,' including a section that empowers city officials to 'seize any food, clothing, water or medical supplies necessary to sustain displaced disaster victims.'" But, he adds, "the real life examples of a temporary takeover of property during an emergency are a lot milder than what the words connote."
I see. Milder, eh? If "real life examples" are so mild, then why the over-the-top language unless they want it there in the first place?
After all, how nice to have all the harsh draconian wording already in place so that if the bleep hits the fan, all the Preppers can be raided and stripped of their supplies. Because, let's face it, given the just-in-time nature of grocery stores and the rapidity with which they are emptied in a crisis, the only other place that will be left for a "temporary takeover" will be mine...and thine.
And see, this kind of language is only going to get more and more common as cities realize that yes, the bleep could hit the fan at any moment and so whose supplies can they seize? This is where Don and I realize how vulnerable and out-on-a-limb we've gone by publicly urging people to follow our example and prepare. We knew from the start it was a chance we were taking.
The logical next question for Don and I is... how can we make our preparedness items... disappear?
This will take some thought and planning. They can't seize what they can't find.