FEMA’s Plan for Mass Destruction Attacks: Of
Course It’s True
me state for the record that FEMA is moving ahead with plans to
create temporary cities that could handle millions of Americans
after mass destruction attacks on U.S. cities.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002
Though the agency has denied the program to some of our readers
and has made misleading claims about NewsMax’s original story to
members of the press, the basic facts of the story remain
In early July, NewsMax first reported in our e-mail news service,
Insider Report, the story "FEMA
Preparing for Mass Destruction Attacks on Cities," revealing
that FEMA was seeking bids from three major real estate and/or
engineering firms to help prepare for the creation of the emergency
cities, using tents and trailers – if an urban area is attacked by
NBC (nuclear, chemical or biological) weapons.
Since that report, several NewsMax readers and members of the
press contacted FEMA and asked them if the NewsMax story was true.
These readers reported to us that FEMA has categorically denied
For example, my friend Jonathan Kemp, who hails from an
illustrious California family (his father was a director of Standard
Oil of California), called FEMA’s Washington office and was told by
a public affairs officer, "The news report about FEMA building the
temporary cities to house disaster refugees is totally bogus."
NewsMax, of course, told its readers it stood by the story.
In late July, I called FEMA and spoke with public affairs officer
I explained to Mr. Kolton that it was improper for the agency to
claim that NewsMax had fabricated this story.
Mr. Kolton denied that there was any claim by FEMA that the
NewsMax story was baseless, only that it was "factually inaccurate."
He made that claim without having read the NewsMax story, which
he asked me to e-mail to him.
As I pointed out to Mr. Kolton, FEMA has put out a bid notice for
the program to build the temporary cities (they call it "temporary
disaster housing"). The bid is not only a matter of public record,
it also is available on the federal government’s Web site.
Note: You can read a synopsis of the bid by clicking
here. A lengthier explanation of the program is available online
The Emergency Housing Cities
On June 19, FEMA posted a special bid notice for one of the
agency’s largest contract awards ever – offering contracting firms
$300 million for a five-year contract to simply prepare plans to
create temporary housing on a scale never before imagined, and then
This is reportedly one of the largest contracts ever awarded by
FEMA for a disaster preparedness program.
The name of the program is entitled "Standby Technical Assistance
for Disaster Related Operations."
The bid notice states, as NewsMax first reported, that three real
estate/engineering firms will be selected for the program.
The firms will be required to provide "technical support,
consultant and project management resources" with the specific duty
to "provide project management resources and expertise to support
the Disaster Housing Program."
According to the bid notice, the firms need to have
professionals, including engineers, architects and other real
According to a source familiar with the current bid, the program
is a major expansion of a smaller program FEMA has had for temporary
housing in case of disasters.
The Standby Technical Assistance program bid offering never
mentions "mass destruction attacks" or terrorist preparedness.
Instead, the bid notice’s "Statement of Work" sets out a broad
mandate for the firms being contracted, stating that "The Contractor
shall be required to provide support capability for all types of
disasters with emphasis on riverine and coastal flooding, tornadoes,
hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, and tsunamis."
The bid states: "... the firm must have at least one permanent
and adequately staffed and equipped office located in the Washington
Metropolitan area, and two (2) additional offices in other
geographic locations within the United States with the capability
supporting deployment operations in the event that one area is
The real purpose of the Standby Program was made clear to
potential contractors at a meeting held on July 10 at the Department
of Education headquarters in Washington.
FEMA officials met with the representatives of firms seeking the
bids. Approximately 100 people attended the meeting.
FEMA officials made very clear that the purpose of one of the
most massive undertakings in the agency’s history was to prepare for
potential mass destruction attacks on U.S. cities.
Sources who attended the meeting tell NewsMax that most of the
meeting dealt with how the firms should handle biological, chemical
and nuclear disasters.
After he had reviewed the NewsMax story, I again chatted with Mr.
Kolton. He identified the factual "inaccuracies" in NewsMax’s story.
One was that NewsMax reported the contracted firms need to be
prepared for creating such cities by January of next year. Mr.
Kolton said the firms only need be hired by January of 2003.
NewsMax reported that FEMA told contractors it had ordered tents
and trailers for temporary housing. Mr Kolton said the tents and
trailers have not been purchased yet. (That may be the case, but
FEMA does currently possess tents and trailers for disaster
These are minor points – and a far cry from claiming the NewsMax
story was "totally bogus" or "riddled with inaccuracies," as some
members of the press have been told.
In fact, Mr. Kolton agreed that the program includes preparation
for terrorist mass destruction attacks, though the FEMA bid notice
specifically avoids using such language.
He stressed that the Standby Program is being implemented to
prepare for "all types of disasters” including terrorist ones.
Asked why the bid notice conveniently forgot to mention the
potential for terrorism, though it must be among the highest
priorities for FEMA, he again stressed that the language does
include that possibility – though the program’s main focus, he said,
is on natural disasters.
What natural disaster had caused such a need for the largest
program of its kind ever in the history of FEMA?
In decades of emergency response, why, all of sudden, is FEMA set
to spend $300 million just for architects and engineers over the
next five years simply to be on "standby"?
This $300 million doesn’t include the probable billions that
would be needed for infrastructure and labor to implement the
What natural disaster would require FEMA to create emergency
cities in different geographic areas of the U.S. at the same time?
Kolton responded that FEMA could foresee two Category 4
hurricanes slamming into two distinct parts of the East Coast at
about the same time.
The evidence is clear that FEMA is preparing for mass destruction
attacks. There is nothing wrong with this program, and in fact, the
agency has a duty to disclose its plans to the public.
Far from panicking the public, I think the public would be happy
to learn that the U.S. government – our government – is preparing
for potential terrorist acts. FEMA should be applauded for thinking
ahead. It has nothing to hide.
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