WTF: US Treasury tried to quietly order “survival kits” for bankers
What could happen in the near-future that would make the Treasury Department think it is practical to be prepared with $200,000 worth of survival kits?
According to a new solicitation, the Treasury is buying short-term survival kits for all 3,814 of its employees who oversee the federal banking system.
Survival kits will be delivered to every major bank in the United States.
>The Department of Treasury is seeking to order survival kits for all of its employees oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation.
The emergency supplies would be for every employee at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which conducts on-site reviews of banks throughout the country. The survival kit includes everything from water purification tablets to solar blankets.
The government is willing to spend up to $200,000 on the kits, according to the solicitation released on Dec. 4.
The survival kits must come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with “decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, and medicines.
The kits must also include a “reusable solar blanket” 52 by 84 inches long, a 2,400-calorie food bar, “50 water purification tablets,” a “dust mask,” “one-size fits all poncho with hood,” a rechargeable lantern with built-in radio, and an “Air-Aid emergency mask” for protection against airborne viruses.
Survival kits will be delivered to every major bank in the United States including Bank of America, American Express Bank, BMO Financial Corp., Capitol One Financial Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Wells Fargo.
The agency has roughly 3,814 employees, each of which would receive a survival kit. The staff includes “bank examiners” who provide “sustained supervision” of major banks in the United States.
— WTFRLY.com (@WTFRLY) December 10, 2014
The full solicitation is below:
Just what do the financial wizards know that the rest of us don’t?
Start with these 5.
1. Employees are barricaded inside a bank
2. Civil unrest from economic stress or domestic terrorism that could go on for days/weeks without the global just-in-time shipping system that keeps your Wal-mart with only 3-5 days of food inventory.
3. Extended economic collapse and the Greece-ification of America.
4. World War 3 (4)
5. Some combination of the above or other assorted doom on the way to the Hunger Games and global government.
Read the full solicitation on Page 2