Just this morning, another terrorist attack happened in Nice, France. 80 people have died and over 100 were injured. So far.
One thing is pretty clear to me is that riots will increase in frequency, duration, and size in both the U.S. and on the old continent. They ignite out of thin air and quickly escalate, forcing helpless authorities to declare a state of emergency or even localized Martial Law.
So what can we do about it? We’re peaceful and we want to live our lives, we definitely don’t want to be a part of all of this, nor do we think we deserve to be humiliated. I propose that we figure out how to protect ourselves long-term. We need to maximize our chances of survival by learning and following what things to avoid, and learning how to escape and when to bug out from this veritable clash of civilizations.
Move Out of the City
The first thing you might want to do is to move out to a more rural area. I’m not saying you need to quit your job and move to the wilderness, but if your home is in the middle of a large town or city, there is definitely a greater chance that you are where the riots will start and/or spread.
Both housing prices and rents can be less expensive in the suburbs and in the rural country, so the sooner you move there, the more money you save and the safer you’ll be as long as you avoid bad neighborhoods, of course. But if you can afford something downtown, surely you can afford something in the suburbs.
Another thing you can do is make sure your new home is close to your workplace. If they start rioting while you’re at work, you’ll be able to get home on foot and avoid getting stuck in traffic (as well as save gas money on your commute in the meantime).
Keep in mind that if a state of emergency or Martial Law is declared, you might be “relocated” against your will to a temporary camp (like it happened during Katrina when they threw everyone inside the Louisiana Superdome).
If you don’t want this to happen to you, you need to act fast the moment you see things taking a turn for the worse. You either bug out or you bug in (if you have enough food and means to live self-sufficiently, of course).
Have an Everyday Carry Kit
I realize your boss might think you’re crazy if you were to bring a 9mm at work every day, not to mention your colleagues. Don’t worry, because there’re a lot of other items you can carry with you to help you defend against rioters, rapists, and thugs. Here’s a quick list to get you started:
- a folding knife, (check laws and regulations to make sure you can legally carry one)
- pepper spray or a stun gun
- a mini-flashlight (your phone may already have one but it’s good to have a back-up)
- cash (use it to pay off rioters to leave you alone in case one of them takes a liking to you)
- a Paracord bracelet
- an emergency Mylar blanket
- a small portable AM/FM radio (make sure your phone has a radio function too)
- a good phone loaded with survival manuals
- a bandanna (useful to protect yourself from tear gas, smoke, and dust)
Depending on the clothes and bags you wear and carry with you every day, you can hide all of these and more inside your pockets (cargo pants have lots of pockets, by the way).
Know Your City Inside-Out
Knowing how to get home using various routes will be crucial when rioters have taken over various parts of the city. You have to know the city inside out, every street, every dead end, every possible way home or way out because the route you normally take could be a warzone.
If you can learn the street names, by all means, do it. Regardless, you should have printed maps in your get home bag and BOB. Another thing you can do is load your maps offline on your phone. That way, if the phone lines are out of service, you’ll still be able to look at them (and, if the satellites are still up, even use GPS navigation).
Blend in not just to avoid becoming a victim of rioters but also to avoid being a target for the police. For instance, if you show up dressed in all black with a bandanna wrapped around your mouth, law enforcement could easily mistake you for one of the bad guys.
When you’re trapped in a riot, here’re some of the most important things you can do:
- Remove all accessories (earrings, tie clips, watches, rings, ties, and hats)
- Move in roughly the same direction as the crowd and at the same speed
- Avoid eye contact with other people
- Don’t fight with rioters. If they want something (your gun, watch or wallet), give it to them.
- And try to become the so-called “gray man“, who knows how to blend in to his surroundings and the people around him.
Meet Likeminded People
Whether you live in a large city or a small town, knowing other preppers could make things a lot easier for you when SHTF. They might alert you in advance as to what’s happening, give you a heads up about something they know is coming, or may even come to your rescue.
A good place to start to find like-minded people is to frequent survival forums. The Survivalist Boards, for instance, has thousands of members. Creating an account is free and so is finding members near your location. All you have to do is say “hi” and join the conversation.
Of course, you may be able to find likeminded people in day-to-day life, you just have to be careful how you approach them. You don’t want to be labeled as a prepper if none of your colleagues are doing it. However, a small mention about the latest Government screw-up might spark someone’s interest and that someone might save your life in times of need.
Make Preparations to Bug In
Many people see fleeing to the woods or some other place away from home as the universal solution to any disaster. In case of social unrest, bugging out may be the last thing you do. With so many desperate people out in the streets, you, your family, your gear and your vehicle are sitting ducks.
If your home is in a “safe” neighborhood away from the riot’s hotspots, you should be able to bug in for weeks until you figure out what to do. But this means you need to start a stockpile and have a few sources of food and water.
A lot more can be said about preparing for riots and Martial Law. I intentionally avoided talking about food stockpiling and bug out bags because I believe that what you do in a disaster is much more important than what you have.