I was wrong about how long it was going to take the FEMA trailer park here in Joplin to be riddled with meth-heads. I thought it would take a least a year before things started to go down hill and would really plunge after we were left with a giant trailer park to fill after everyone who could afford better had left after the 18months of free housing. This just goes to prove the old saying, "Lend a man a garden and in five years he will have a patch of sand, make a man full owner of a patch of sand and in five years he will have made it a garden." Even better I've heard an interview with a local fire official who said that they've placed these trailers so close together that if one goes up it in a meth-lab explosion it will likely spread to the surrounding trailers in a nice fiery deathtrap chain reaction. All of this has be paid for with our tax dollars.
More maddening is just how foreseen this was as is evidenced by the fact that this FEMA-park is located as far from the main part of Joplin as possible on land that the city only has to physically link it to it's airport. This could also be seen coming from the fact that they did NO background checks on the FEMA-refugees.
All of this reinforces a central tenet espoused at the Survival Blog don't put yourself in a position where you will become a refugee. We are seeing the contrast here in Joplin between the people who did and didn't and this was a relatively localized event where the state, municipality, and business responded to the crisis very well. For example of how quickly things can go down hill google the New Orleans Super Dome.
Two months after the tornado people looked at me like I was a heartless monster for voicing my concerns about the long term ramifications of this FEMA-slum . I wish I had been wrong, because I don't live nearly far enough from it. I still wonder how much "collapse the system" ideology saddled us with this "solution".