School is back in session! As parents of kids actually headed back to physical classroom settings stock up on pencils, notebooks and art supplies, and adjust to new bus schedules, parents of children in Ohio and all other states are being asked by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to make sure their children come to school prepared to be hauled away to FEMA shelters if necessary. And just when we were warning of the creeping overreach of the government under the cover of COVID in nearby Tennessee!
On Sept. 3rd, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) created legalized use of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shelters for people who are “unable to safely quarantine in their place of residence.” This can include under ODH orders “college students living in dorms or other situations deemed to be ‘unacceptable’ by health officials who could order students to FEMA shelters for isolation. Ohioans with a child living in a household that health officials deem ‘unacceptable’ (this can include a shared family bathroom) may if the Governor orders it, also have their child ordered to the FEMA shelter in lieu of being allowed to go home. As of 2018, there were more than 800 FEMA camps known to exist in the U.S. and the Ohio Department of Health is establishing COVID isolation shelters in college facilities in Ohio.
Not so coincidentally, the CDC just updated their website with a handy checklist for parents to prepare for a “sudden sleepover in case of a disaster” and the disaster is deemed to include COVID-19 which CDC terms a “biological threat” that would qualify as a disaster.
A handy downloadable checklist is provided by CDC to prepare children for “a night away from home” with a friendly three-step preparedness card overseen by a happy puppy icon that makes packing for the kids easy. The CDC checklist is as follows:
- Tell the school administration about extra supplies your child may need if separated from you like medications, inhaler, milk, diapers, special foods, or supplies needed to be away from home.
- Does the school have an emergency stockpile of these items or could you bring supplies to be kept at school in case of separation from home?
- What is the school policy for how and when medicine can be administered to your child?
- Complete a fun and colorful “backpack contact information card” and tuck one in your child’s backpack and one in your wallet.
Remember: Emergencies are chaotic!
Let’s go over our own PJTN checklist of media awareness that we created over recent attempts to overstep civil liberties due to the health crisis:
- In Tennessee, the “Child Well Being Checklist” includes private screening with health care bureaucrats who would decide whether your child’s well-being both emotionally and physically was being best served by homeschooling under the watch of parents.
- In Tennessee, Rutherford County schools issued a letter to parents asking them to sign a pledge that they would not “eavesdrop” on their children’s virtual classroom and online instruction from teachers.
- In Maryland, police arrived to confront parents at the home of a 12-year-old student whose teacher reported she saw “guns hanging” on the wall behind her student and felt the police should visit the child’s home.
I hope you are as outraged as I am! Truly unbelievable.
As parents living in the shadow of COVID-19 now for more than six months, has there ever been a moment our sick children would not be ideally best treated at home under the loving care of parents? The thought of federal or state bureaucrats removing one of our children from school to be sent—not to their home—but to a FEMA Camp for care should make every American parent or grandparent reading this livid with anger. Not to mention having our homes invaded for inspection and deemed “unacceptable” by virtue of a shared family bath?
This health crisis has been used to great effect as a smokescreen of fear to encroach a “power grab” like nothing we have seen in our lifetime as Americans. The health and the private health care of our children is a parental responsibility—not one that belongs to the state. This is not Germany in the 1930s and we must speak out!
With a liberal Republican governor at the helm, Ohio is the canary in the coal mine on this issue. It will not stop in one state unless the voices of “we the people” are heard. I encourage those in Ohio to contact the governor’s office — as well as those of your state House of Representatives and state Senators — and let them know you are outraged at the plan underway. Sick children belong at home with their families—not isolated in FEMA shelters. No backpacks necessary!
We must realize that the upcoming election is the most important of our lifetime. Whether we continue on the road of radical policies and outrageous oversteps on our freedom is all in the power of the vote. Vote for conservative agendas and civil and religious liberty to remain at the heart of America. Vote local and national ballots that best represent your values!
PJTN will continue to speak out on all issues we—as Christians, Jews, and all Americans of good conscience must be aware of! We must be informed, inform those around us, and PUSH BACK against governmental oversteps on our freedoms and civil liberties…we must JUST SAY NO! A tremendous time of challenge and opportunity is ahead. PJTN must reach even wider with our national campaign and our messaging.
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