I have pondered the staged, revolutionary events in Charlottesville all week. How to properly address the depth of dangers facing America has literally kept me up at night. I could
For most of humanity’s existence, entire countries were run by little more than glorified warlords. Although today we take the concept of individual rights for granted, the vast majority of people had never heard of such a thing until a few hundred years ago. As democracy began to shape the face of the Western world, […]
Police in Brazil have gone on strike, leaving the country unarmed and left in a “Purge” like chaos. In 30 cities across Brazil, militarized police are refusing to do their jobs. According to an anonymous source in the city of Espirato Santo, Brazil, the chaos can be comparable to the 2014 thriller “Purge”, with people running rampant with guns and machetes, stealing from malls, and even dead bodies lying in the streets. As buses are set ablaze on night streets, and people crawl for shelter covered in blood, Brazil is slowly becoming overtaken by it’s people.
“A pm is on strike and the thugs are randomly shooting at anyone who passes the street in Espírito Santo, my God what is happening” says one Brazilian resident.
“I won’t even leave my house today,” one Brazilian resident in Espirito Santo told Political Outsource. “things are absolutely crazy, there are people running around with guns in pretty populated areas, dozens of people stealing sh-t from malls, even dead bodies on the streets!”
In another interview with Political Outsource, one resident in Espirito Santo said in a phone interview; “It’a f–king mess what’s going on here. The worst part is the regular citizen can’t have a gun to defend himself!”
This same thing happened in Argentina a couple years ago and left many dead behind. Now its happening in Brazil with similar consequences.
Lesson Learned I: When cops go on strike all hell breaks loose and you better be well armed in a defendable position. Yes, like in the movie.
Lesson Learned II: The day cops go on strike is not the time to go buy guns and ammo, let alone the time to train and learn their proper use.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.
This article from The Organic Prepper was published last summer, and it was written when some major protests against police officers were happening across America. But frankly, the protests we saw last year were a picnic compared to the kind of protests we’re already seeing now that Donald Trump has become President, and it’s only […]
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I well remember the election of 2008. It came at the beginning of the crash of the housing bubble, which affected my family business in a big way. With a President Obama on the horizon and the economy going down the tubes, I felt very uncertain about the future. So, my wife and I became preppers, and it was a smart move.
Now I’m hearing of prepper-minded folks who think they can relax their prepping because Donald Trump has been elected President.
Like Obama when he was elected, Trump doesn’t have much of a record when it comes to actual governing but he speaks with confidence about making America great again. I guess that’s enough to convince a lot of people that the “good old days” are here again and they can put away their bug out bags and freeze dried food.
Me? I’m not so sure, and I’ll keep prepping, thank you very much. I’ve given this some thought and here are the reasons my family and I will continue on as preppers.
- S finds a way of hitting the fan in our personal lives, no matter who the President is. Whether it’s a job loss, devastating family illness or injury, or a house fire, it pays to plan ahead and prep for those kinds of events. Not ready for these types of events, this is the best overall family prepping book I’ve read.
- Natural disasters and extreme weather events will continue to happen. Right now, the story in the news is wildfires, something this blog has covered in dept in articles like this one.
- There are world events that no President can prevent. This what concerns me the most. There are too many wild cards out there. Belligerent countries, such as Iran, have become stronger and more confident in their boldness toward the U.S., and I’m not so sure they’ll back down easily just because another man sits in the Oval Office. I can’t remember a time when the Middle East was so unstable. Right now, it’s a powder keg that, I believe, has been lit. It’s a matter of time, maybe just months, before we see the explosion.
- A massive financial crisis looms and Trump has inherited it, and there’s no way of knowing how he will manage the coming crash. Mind-boggling debt cannot continue piling up forever. I worry for the future of my kids and the huge tax burden they’ll assume when they become adults. There’s no way to avoid it.
- The world balance of power has changed since 2008. China and Russia have been flexing their muscles, looking to expand their influence and borders. China has actually built artificial islands in order to establish military buildings and airstrips. Sounds like they may have long-term, aggressive plans for the region. The balance of power that existed for so many decades has changed and the world stage is very unstable.
- America has radically changed since 2008. The country is more divided than I have ever seen in my 4 decades here on earth. Black Lives Matter isn’t going away any time soon but will continue to cherry pick events they can exploit for the purpose of stirring up rage. The country is racially divided, perhaps beyond reconciliation. Hordes of immigrants have overcome our education system and stretched the limits of our country’s social services. Nothing good can come of a nation that is so fractured within.
- It seems that Trump’s political foes aren’t going to accept and move on. I fully expected the riots that followed the election and there’s more to come. At some point, growing civil unrest will affect many of us in ways we can’t yet imagine. Also, it seems there is a movement to upend our political process with pressure to remove the electoral college system and change long-standing process and rules. Wherever there is instability, chaos is the result.
I’m very interested to watch the Trump Presidency unfold. In a way, it’s exciting to see someone in office who has never been a politician, a group of people I hold in complete contempt, as they do me, coincidentally.
There you have it. My 7 reasons for prepping in spite of Trump being elected. I’m not going to sit back and assume that with this new President all my worries for the future were for naught. If anything, the future is more precarious and dangerous than ever.
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We’ve all seen the news reports of the mob scenes and riots across the country following recent police shootings and now the election. We feel that it is important that you understand your rights should you find yourself unintentionally caught up in such a situation where an angry mob blocks the roadway.
To figure out if the member’s act of running into a rioter was legal, we turned to Texas & U.S. Law Shield Independent Program Attorney Michele Byington with the question: Are you justified in hitting or “running over” someone in this scenario?
“The answer? It depends!” Byington said. “Don’t you hate that answer?”
Let’s look at whether an act of running down a rioter would be lawful as a justified act of self-defense.
To begin the analysis, she said we treat this situation just as we would any other use of deadly force in self-defense. Let’s start with some general concepts, and then analyze how the specifics of the law will apply in these scenarios. The concepts to focus on are imminence, reasonableness, and not being the aggressor.
Imminence. Prosecutors love to attack the imminence prong. Does a group of people blocking a roadway pose an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to you inside of the vehicle? Blocking a roadway, normally, cannot cause death or serious bodily injury to those inside the vehicle, much less pose an imminent or immediate threat. As a result, using a vehicle to “run them down,” or even to physically push them aside, is unlikely to be justified. However, if there is additional threatening conduct such as the protestors attempting to enter the vehicle, or say, charging toward you with a baseball bat, that is a completely different scenario. If you are placed in reasonable fear of imminent deadly force, you would be legally entitled to use deadly force in self-defense, including the use of your vehicle to neutralize the unlawful deadly force threat.
Reasonableness. What would be required to generate a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily injury? The key here is that it doesn’t matter what your personal beliefs are if a jury would not believe that your fear was reasonable under the circumstances. There are extremes where your conduct will almost always be viewed as reasonable, such as attempts to set your car on fire or flip it over. On the other hand, under many circumstances, it will be extremely difficult to convince a jury that you acted reasonably if you use deadly force against protestors. One example would be injuring or attempting to injure a group of peaceful protestors who are merely blocking a roadway. If the protestors attempt, or reasonably appear to attempt, to forcibly enter blockaded vehicles, you will gain a presumption of reasonableness under the laws of many, but not all, states. You will also have a much better argument that you had reasonable grounds to fear an imminent attack with deadly force. Such conduct could include the smashing of windows or attempts to open doors. Also, you do not necessarily need to wait until the protestors have turned violent against your vehicle if you see it happening to someone else. Remember, you must have a reasonable belief from what you are seeing and hearing around you and not merely speculating about what might occur.”
Byington also noted, “Keep in mind, here in Texas, you may also use deadly force to protect a third party as long as you would be justified in using deadly force to protect yourself in that same situation.
If you intend to use your vehicle against a rioter, it will almost always constitute the use of deadly force – that is, force capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. Deadly force can be used in self-defense to the extent the force with which you are threatened also constitutes deadly force. In other words, deadly force can be met with deadly force, she said. If you are faced with anything less than deadly force, you will face an uphill battle in arguing that your actions were reasonable. To make matters worse, if you respond to a threat that is non-deadly in nature with unlawful deadly force, it would allow the other person to lawfully respond in kind with deadly force against you.
Not the Aggressor. Is the person seeking justification for the use of deadly force in self-defense a victim, or is he the aggressor? State laws may vary, but generally, the defense of justification is not available to the individual who starts the fight and does not stop to convey to the other person their intention to stop the aggression.
So, how might this apply in a protest or riot situation? Byington noted, “Say you are stuck for an hour in the middle of a protest and decide to ‘nudge’ one of these folks with your vehicle so that you can get out of the traffic snarl. If the otherwise peaceful protestor then becomes violent, and you use deadly force to protect yourself, a prosecutor, judge, or jury could easily argue that you were the initial aggressor. You may lose a number of legal protections, and on top of that, appear like the aggressor during the investigation or trial.
Suppose you yell out “Sorry! Didn’t mean to bump you, it won’t happen again!” If the other person continues the assault after having been informed of your intention to stop, at that point you may regain the right of self-defense, although the protestor will almost certainly argue that he/she could not hear you due to the noise of the protest.
A Few Practical Tips:
So, what should you do if you come across such a mob?
STOP. Don’t go any farther. Do whatever is necessary to change direction and get out of the area. If you are alert, hopefully you will see these masses of people far enough in advance so that you can completely avoid the situation, long before being surrounded.
Remember, you can’t legally run people over just because they are in the road. You may think the safest action to take in a situation like this is to keep moving, which may result in hitting people with your car to get them out of the way. That isn’t legal! It could easily be considered an aggravated assault, or worse! Even if people are illegally blocking the road, you will go to jail. It is that simple. Avoidance is key.
However, once the rioters attack you or attempt to enter the vehicle, the game changes, and your legal justification kicks in. With your vehicle surrounded so that you can’t escape and attackers trying to burn your car, flip it over, or attempt to drag you out of it, it is reasonable to assume that you will suffer imminent serious bodily injury or death. It is at this point you may use deadly force. In this moment of adrenaline and pure fear, you must keep your common sense. Do not get out and try to shoot your way out of the mob! You will quickly be overtaken and perhaps have your gun stripped from you. Instead, use your vehicle to get out of that situation by driving away from the surrounding rioters.
An additional point to remember is, should your vehicle come under attack, roll your windows down about half an inch. Experts say it is harder to break a window that is partly down than one that is fully closed. Turn off your ventilation system so you do not draw in any outside air in the event there is tear gas or smoke present. Further, if surrounded and moving slowly, you may want to take off your seat belt to allow a quick exit from the vehicle should it be overturned or set on fire.
“Once again, it is evident that your best course of action is to avoid these, often, pre-planned demonstrations altogether and drive away quickly should you come upon one,” she said.
The law is different in every state. For example, Texas has the “Castle Doctrine,” which gives a person the presumption of reasonableness if he or she uses deadly force against a person attempting to enter or entering their vehicle. Byington said, “It is a HUGE legal tool. Unfortunately, other states may not expand their Castle Doctrine to the vehicle [New Jersey]. With that in mind, I hope everyone can stay safe – and also stay legal! – if you find yourself in any protest or riot situation.”
To help Members in other states, we contacted U.S. Law Shield Independent Program Attorneys to get additional insights. Their comments appear below.
Independent Program Attorney Doug Richards offered this explanation on Colorado’s the law on self-defense. In the book Colorado Gun Law: Armed And Educated, co-authored by Richards, Stanley Marks, and Christopher Ferrero, Richards points out that “a person is justified in using physical force upon another person in order to defend himself from what he reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force by that other person, and he may use a degree of force which he reasonably believes to be necessary for that purpose.
“Importantly,” Richards adds, “a person is not justified in using any degree of physical force if he provokes the other person into the use of unlawful force with the intent of using that as a justification to cause the other person bodily injury or death.
Richards also points out that “[D]eadly physical force may be used only if a person reasonably believes that a lesser degree of force is inadequate, and he has reasonable grounds to believe, and does believe, that he or another person is in imminent danger of being killed or of receiving great bodily injury.”
For more specific information on this and other Colorado gun laws, click the Colorado Gun Law: Armed And Educated book link at the bottom of this post to order your copy.
For the law on self-defense in Virginia, we turned to U.S. Law Shield of Virginia Independent Program Attorneys Mitchell Wells and W. Edward Riley of Riley & Wells. In the upcoming book, Virginia Gun Law: Armed And Educated, co-authored by Riley and Wells, they point out that a person caught in a demonstration that’s turning violent must reasonably fear that they are in imminent danger of suffering serious bodily injury or death to be justified in the use of deadly force. For more specific information on this and other Virginia gun laws, look for the upcoming announcement as to when Virginia Gun Law: Armed And Educated will be published and available.
Independent Program Attorney Robert Robles added “[T]hat the laws in Oklahoma regarding the use of deadly force in a self-defense situation are pretty well in line with the laws in the neighboring state to the south [Texas] and can be found in the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, Title 21, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1290.1, et seq.”
“In Oklahoma, the law gives the presumption that a person held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm and therefore deadly force was necessary, if it is used against an individual who was unlawfully or forcibly in the process of entering or entered into an occupied vehicle; or is attempting to forcibly remove another against his or her will from an occupied vehicle. Deadly force is also presumed to be justified to prevent the commission or attempted commission of forcible felonies including murder, burglary, carjacking, and home invasion robberies,” he said.
“Furthermore,” Robles added, “if people are present in any place where they have a right to be, they have no duty to retreat and have the right to meet force with force, including deadly force, if they reasonably believe that it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to themselves or another, or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”
For more specific information on this and other Oklahoma gun laws, click the Oklahoma Gun Law: Armed And Educated book link at the bottom of this post to order your copy.
Independent Program Attorney Deborah Alessi summarized Missouri’s law as, “A person cannot use deadly force upon another person unless he or she reasonably believes that such deadly force is necessary to protect himself, or another against death, serious physical injury, or any forcible felony, and is used against a person who unlawfully enters, remains after unlawfully entering, or attempts to unlawfully enter a vehicle lawfully occupied by such person.”
Alessi added that “a person does not have the duty to retreat from their occupied vehicle before using deadly force under the circumstances described, and these laws can be found in RSMo Chapter 563 Defense of Justification, Section 563.0031.1.”
1. Innocence. Is the person seeking justification for the use of deadly force in self-defense an innocent victim, or is he or she the instigator of the confrontation? In Georgia an individual may not claim as justified a use of force against another when he or she initially provokes the initial force as an excuse to commit an act of force; at any time when committing (or attempting to commit) or fleeing the commission of a felony; or anytime he or she was the initial aggressor in a situation or was engaged in mutual “combat by agreement”, unless or until withdrawing from combat and making that decision known to the other individual. See O.C.G.A. §16-13-21(b). If the other party continues an assault after having been informed of your intention to stop, then you may “reacquire” the right of self-defense.
2. Imminence. Does a group of people blocking the roadway pose an imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm to you inside your vehicle? Simply blocking a roadway cannot normally cause death or serious bodily harm to those inside a vehicle. As a result, using one’s vehicle to “run them down,” or even to physically push them aside, is unlikely to be legally justified unless there is some additional threatening conduct. But suppose the mob begins more direct threats or the use of actual force against you? If you are now placed in reasonable fear of an imminent deadly force attack, then you could be legally entitled to use deadly force in self-defense, including the use of your vehicle to neutralize the unlawful deadly force threat. Remember, the use of force is justified in Georgia when a party “reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such other’s imminent use of unlawful force. . . .” Imminence is vitally important, especially when using a weapon as deadly as a car: the threat must be real and immediate.
3. Proportionality. Keep in mind, however— should you intend to use your vehicle against anyone— this will almost certainly constitute deadly force, that force “which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm.” Deadly force may only be used to protect yourself or another person when “necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury. . . or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” O.C.G.A. §16-3-21(a). Should you respond to a threat that is non-deadly in nature with deadly force (or one that does not constitute a forcible felony, such as murder, rape, armed robbery, or aggravated assault; any felony that contains an element of force), it would allow the other person to respond in kind with deadly force against you. Additionally, you may be the one charged.
4. Reasonableness. What action would be required of a mob or any of its members to generate a fear of death or great bodily injury that justifies the use of a weapon like a car in the eyes of police, prosecutors, judges, and juries? If the protestors attempt (or reasonably appear to attempt) to forcibly enter your vehicle or the vehicle of others, this could certainly constitute reasonable grounds to fear an imminent deadly force attack. Such conduct would include the smashing of windows or attempts to force open doors. The same applies to attempts to set vehicles on fire, or to flip vehicles over. Generally, a defender need not necessarily wait until the protestors have turned violent against his particular vehicle: If members of a mob have begun threatening or using deadly force against other blockaded vehicles, it could be considered reasonable to believe your own vehicle is likely to be next — you are, after all, legally entitled to defend yourself not just against the danger already occurring to you but also against the danger that is about to occur, that is imminent. But you must draw a reasonable belief from actual evidence around you, not merely speculate what might happen.
Kilgo went on to add, “If you find yourself in a mob situation, remember, you can’t just run anyone over with your car. It’s best to just keep moving, which may result in your bumping people out of the way with your car. However, this may be considered battery on your part, which is a crime. You may be arrested if you strike someone with your car, absent a legitimate threat to your life or the life of others. So it’s best to avoid those situations.”
“Perhaps most importantly,” Kilgo went on to say, “familiarize yourself with Georgia’s laws on the use of force, as well as such important legal concepts as the ‘Castle Doctrine’ and Georgia’s stand your ground law. The law can and does protect you in situations such as this, but you must be aware of what your rights are. While your best course of action is to avoid these often pre-planned demonstrations altogether and drive away quickly should you come upon one, knowing what you may legally do to protect yourself and your family in such a situation is your best protection.”
“Under Florida Statute Chapter 776, Section 776.012(2),” says Katz, “A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.”
Phillips added, “If you use or threaten to use deadly force in accordance with this subsection, you do not have a duty to retreat and have the right to stand your ground, so long as you are not engaged in a criminal activity and are in a place where you have a right to be.”
“You are presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm if the other person was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered your occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove you against your will from your occupied vehicle,” Katz pointed out.
For more specific information on this and other Florida gun laws, click the Florida Gun Law: Armed And Educated book link at the bottom of this post to order your copy.
“The Pennsylvania self-defense statute provides that use of force is ‘justifiable when the actor believes that such force is immediately necessary for the purpose of protecting himself against the use of unlawful force by such other person on the present occasion.’ 18 Pa.C.S. § 505.”
12 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO AND 1 THING YOU NEED TO HAVE IF YOU GET CAUGHT UP IN A RIOT
Protesting is a right we enjoy when we live in a democracy. Peaceful protest is considered a legitimate way of expressing the way we feel about things that are important to us, a way of letting the government know we are unhappy.
Sadly some protests turn ugly and when they do the change can happen fast. There a variety of reasons why this occurs, from agitators who hold an opposing view infiltrating what would have remained a peaceful protest to high feelings within the protest group that things are not happening quickly enough and maybe more notice would be taken if the protest was more forceful.
If you are caught up in such a situation the reasons for the change are of little importance, getting away from the violence is the only thing that should be on your mind, you can analyse later when you have made it to safety.
Now getting out of a mob is far easier said than done, tempers are flaring, feelings running high. Law enforcement will be in the area and that in itself can pose further problems for someone caught up in an angry crowd…LEO’s won’t stop to ask politely if you are involved. So, what do you do?
Well the obvious thing to say is avoid getting caught up in it in the first place. If you see marchers coming ahead of you go the other way, even if it’s not the direction you need to be going in. Look for buildings, not glass fronted, that you can take shelter in and wait until the mob has passed. Side alleys, gates you can get over or through and even recessed doorways will give you protection. Getting into a car, unless you have the means to drive it away isn’t a wise move and getting under a vehicle is even more unwise. Vehicles are often overturned or set on fire when people are intent on causing mayhem.
If you know that there is likely to be unrest in the area knowing alternative routes that can lead you away from the area is always prudent, carry a map of the area if you are not on home ground.
Right, back to our protest that is about to turn into a riot, if none of your avoidance tactics work what are your options?
- If you KNOW you are going to end up getting swept into the group stay as close to an outer edge as you can. This gives you a better chance of escape should the opportunity arise.
- I’m not suggesting you join in with the protest but DON’T try to reason with people, walk/move along with them offering no opinion, all the time looking for a way out of the crowd.
- If there is ‘wriggle room’ make your way to one side, edging your way nearer and nearer an outer edge of the group.
- Large and fast moving crowds cause more of a problem and as tempting as it may be to move away in the opposite direction and get out of there, unless you are on the outside of the crowd this is ill-advised. Trying to fight your way against a human tide can cause you serious injury and if you go down you will most likely be trampled underfoot.
- Continue moving in the same direction as the crowd but edge your way to whichever side is the nearest to getting you out of the throng. Everyone will be jostling so you going one step forwards and one step sideward will not be noticed.
- If that’s impossible and you are literally getting forced forward your greatest risk is from falling, a huge crowd is an irresistible force. Lace your fingers together in front of you, place your palms on your belly, thumbs on your waist pointing behind you. Move your elbows out and to the front of your body. This creates a space and prevents your chest from becoming compressed which shortens your breath, causes panic and in very large crowds can lead to suffocation.
- At some point the police/military will appear in front of the group. Sometimes they will try to herd everyone in a given direction, other times they will form lines to prevent the protestors from continuing on their route. This is a good indication that it’s going to turn nasty.
- If the crowd stops stop with them, keep your elbows out to prevent chest compression. Listen and watch the crowd. Stay calm and assess if there is any possibility of moving sideward. In large crowds some people may actually attempt to move backwards once the police are around. This relieves the pressure and can allow gaps to open up that you can utilise.
- Any action by law enforcement will usually cause rapid and haphazard movement in the crowd. Take advantage of this. People will often scatter in all directions simultaneously. You should head for the nearest doorway, building or alley and stay there until you have assessed the situation. At this point even sheltering behind a vehicle can give you a few seconds to think. The prime concern of the crowd at this point is to avoid water action the police are taking, not to stop and set light to a car.
- If there is a way to go back the way you came do so but take side roads if you can to get off the route that the protest took. Walk do not run. Running makes it more likely you will fall and more likely police will see your rapid movement which draws attention to you. At the first opportunity get off the street and stay off the street until the situation has resolved.
- If police have cordoned off the area around the protest laying low until restrictions have been lifted maybe your only choice if you want to avoid arrest. Many people in many countries have found it impossible to convince law enforcement that they weren’t involved in flash mobs, looting and riots. If you are dressed in a business suit and were on your way to work and the mob is generally the jeans and hoodie brigade you may be able to approach law enforcement and get out of the area. If you are dressed casually and are of the age group protesting this is far less likely regardless of your innocence. I actually know a guy who got swept into a situation like this in London. He called the police, told them he had ‘gotten swept along’. He told them who he was and where he was and they guided him to the nearest police line – where he was promptly arrested!!! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
- If challenged by the police or military stop and raise your hands slowly, palms outwards. Law enforcement will also be on heightened alert, this is no time for a misunderstanding. Dropping to your knees before you are asked to do so, telling them “I’m getting on my knees” shows that you are not going to attempt to flee and that you pose no threat.
Finally – if you have managed to extricate yourself from the situation but can’t yet get out of the area what do you have with you that will be of use?
We should ALL be carrying a few things with us every time we leave home regardless of where we are going and why we are going. An EDC (every day carry ) pack tucked into a backpack or even a briefcase or handbag is a must and can help us cope with anything from a vehicle breakdown to getting stuck at work because a storm has blown in.
What you have in an EDC kit will vary depending on your circumstances. If you work in a restaurant half a mile from home you can forget food and pack something else. What you pack also depends on the time of year, the terrain in your area and risks that may be relative to the area you are travelling in.
There are a few basics however that we can all find useful regardless of where we are:
- Small flashlight with spare batteries or dynamo wind up type.
- Sunglasses, preferably mirrored lens type. Good for snow dazzle as well as sun and for keeping wind and dust out of your eyes.
- Fully charged battery pack for your phone.
- Fire-starter and tinder.
- A brightly coloured bandana.
- Small first aid kit
- High calorie high energy snacks
- A bottle of water
- Lightweight waterproof jacket
- Flat shoes
- A whistle, signal mirror and compass
- Small pack of baby wipes
- Cash in small denomination notes
Having basic items with you all the time makes sense. So many people have been left in desperate situations and have had nothing with them to help them out. Looking after your own needs when the unexpected happens allows you to calmly take stock and consider your options.
You are not having to look for or scavenge a meal or drink, you can start a fire and you have a map. It buys you time to either shelter until the danger has passed or start your journey to safety. You have a means to communicate, a kit to deal with minor injuries and a whistle and signal mirror to attract attention. You are, albeit in a very basic manner, prepared for the unexpected as long as you have the kit with you.
It beats being thirsty, incommunicado and hopeful that someone with a band aid will come and attend to the cut on your hand.
You might want to have a look at this:
Source : undergroundmedic.com
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When the shit hits the fan, one of the first things people will do is riot. This is especially true in larger cities where a massive population in one location almost guarantees a mob reaction to any number of disasters. This is a serious problem because, as you probably already know, riots are very dangerous. […]
Milwaukee became the latest American city gripped by unrest this summer when racial tensions exploded into violence over the weekend.
Mobs roamed through the streets, set businesses on fire and shot at police and firefighters.
“Last night was unlike anything I have seen in my adult life in this city,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told the Associated Press. “I’m very proud of the way our police officers and firefighters responded.”
At least four businesses were burned.
Here are three things you need to know about this latest round of violence.
1. Police were targeted. Seven squad cars were burned and four officers were injured. One officer was hurt when a brick was thrown through a squad car window, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
The violence began when a crowd gathered to protest the fatal shooting of Syville K. Smith by a Milwaukee police officer on Saturday afternoon. Smith was shot after he made a threatening motion with a gun, police said. Smith’s action is on video, Milwaukee police officials said, although it has not been released. Smith had fled after a traffic stop.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Smith had a lengthy criminal record that included 13 arrests. Police said Smith’s pistol contained 23 rounds.
The officer who shot Smith has left town for his own safety. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn would not identify the officer but said he was African-American. Flynn claimed his department had received a “credible threat” to the officer.
“We are concerned for his safety,” Flynn told reporters. “He has been staying with relatives out of town.”
2. Racial tension is high. Some news reports indicate that white people were targeted by rioters. A mob chased reporters and a photographer at the beginning of the riot, The Journal Sentinel reported. At least one reporter was shoved to the ground and punched by members of the mob.
Racial tensions have been building in Milwaukee for decades, The New York Times reported, and the unemployment rate for blacks in the city is one and a half higher than the rate for whites.
“This entire community has sat back and witnessed how Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country,” Alderman Khalif Rainey said, according to AP. Rainey represents the neighborhood where the riot broke out on the city council.
3. It is not over. Violence continued Sunday night and could flare up again at any time. A 10 p.m. curfew for minors has been set for the rest of the week.
“This is still a volatile situation,” Barrett admitted. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
He urged parents to keep their children at home.
At least 150 specially trained riot police officers were deployed on Sunday night. Rioters threw objects at police, and at least one person was wounded after shots were fired. Police had to deploy armored vehicles to rescue a shooting victim.
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Failure of the electrical grid can lead to far more than just inconvenience and a loss of the lights. History has proven that loss of electricity and the amenities it provides can lead to civil unrest, including riots.
Attacks on the infrastructure that provides our homes and businesses with electricity are far more common and sometimes more effective than we might imagine. News articles indicate that the grid is under constant siege from attackers, ranging from sophisticated cybercriminals to disgruntled employees. Even though the motives of these saboteurs vary widely, their purpose is a simple one: to wreak havoc by shutting off the electricity.
Such attacks can occur in conjunction with civil unrest or they might be carried out with the intention of triggering civil unrest. One reason why the saboteurs go after the grid is that it is highly vulnerable to attack. Such assaults are likely to cause a major electrical outage in the future because the grid is under constant attack.
The United States power grid suffers some sort of attack every four days, a March 2015 investigation by reporters from USA Today and 10 other Gannett media outlets revealed. The attacks occur both in cyberspace and in the real world, with a major attempt to breach computer security at an electrical facility occurring about once a week.
There were more than 300 physical attacks on electrical infrastructure between 2011 and 2015, Gannett discovered. Authorities have not been able to identify suspects or make arrests in most of those attacks.
‘We Are Without God Now’ — The 1977 New York Blackout
The worst example of civil unrest caused by a power outage was the New York City Blackout of 1977. That grid failure led to widespread looting, rioting and arson. A series of lightning strikes on the evening of July 13, 1977, blew out circuit breakers, which caused power lines to overload with electricity and blow out the system.
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The loss of power led to chaos and widespread looting in parts of the city. More than 3,700 people were arrested, 1,600-plus stores looted, and 550 police officers injured.
“The looters were looting other looters, and the fists and the knives were coming out,” neurologist Carl St. Martin recalled in an interview with The New York Times. St. Martin witnessed the violence first-hand as a medical student at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn.
Some observers used apocalyptical language to describe the situation.
“We are without God now,” Father Gabriel Santacruz, a Catholic Priest at St. Barbara’s Church in Bushwick, Brooklyn, told his congregation after the violence had ended.
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Many observers blamed the violence during the 1977 New York blackout on economic conditions. The worst looting occurred in poorer neighborhoods where people were desperate and angry.
It’s Not Just NYC
In June 2014, angry mobs stormed several electrical substations in Northern India after a heatwave caused blackouts and power cuts, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported. In one incident, a mob set an electrical substation in the city of Gonda on fire. In Lucknow, a crowd ransacked power company offices and took employees hostage.
Temperatures as high as 117 degrees caused the grid to fail, the CBC reported. Civil unrest was made worse by popular anger at utilities, which started rationing utilities as high temperatures created a high demand for electricity.
Power outages can also create riots at colleges. On April 6, 2010, a blackout caused a melee at the University of Washington’s fraternity row in Seattle, United Press reported. A mob blocked streets, set couches on fire and threw bottles and bear cans at police.
A similar incident occurred at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on September 16, 2008. Around 3,000 students poured into the streets and began throwing objects at police after school officials decided to keep classes going during a power outage. Nearly 70 police officers from 10 different departments had to be called in.
There are several ways to stay safe from blackout-induced civil unrest:
- Move. Living in a home that is as far away from the city center and business areas is the best way to keep your family safe. Moving out to the country. or at least the edge of the city, is a good first move.
- Keep as low a profile as possible. Hunker down and keep safe until order is restored. One reason for this is that it will usually take several days for the regular military or the National Guard to mobilize and deploy to a trouble spot. Another delay is that troops cannot usually be deployed to an area until state or local authorities request their presence.
- Stay home and off the streets. Do not drive or take long walks or bicycle rides unless absolutely necessary. You should also stay off public transportation systems, such as subways or light rail, because they run on electricity and often shut down during power outages. Stay off of major highways and freeways as well, because they become gridlocked with traffic in emergencies.
- Examine maps of your area closely and find alternative routes to use during an emergency. Try to avoid major streets and highways.
- Keep all of your valuables such as electronics, jewelry, gold, coins, silver, cash, guns etc., out of sight. If you have a safe, make sure it is hidden. Moving your vehicles to a location where they cannot be seen from the road or street is also a good idea.
- Keep an emergency source of electricity, such as a solar generator, on hand. This can help you enjoy a modern lifestyle while your neighbors are blacked out.
- Stockpile food, medicine and other supplies, and have a bug-out plan.
Civil unrest and power outages are like any other emergencies. You and your family can get through them safely and securely with a little preparation, awareness, knowledge and common sense.
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Ever since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, almost two years ago, the rhetoric against police officers has been running high. Members of the Black Lives Matter group have repeatedly called for the killing of police officers, especially white police officers.
Well, now it’s happened. The first salvo in the war against the police has been shot and it was a devastating salvo.
On July 7th, people who claimed to be part of Black Lives Matter staged a demonstration in Dallas, Texas, protesting the killing of two young black men in other parts of the country.
While it doesn’t appear that the organizers of this event had any plans for violence, there was at least one other, not associated with Black Lives Matter, who had their own agenda. This 25 year old man, Micah Xavier Johnson, opened fire on the police from a sniper’s perch; killing five and wounding six others, in addition to two civilians who he wounded.
Johnson, a former military reservist, was sent home from Afghanistan in 2014, charged with sexual harassment. Even though his file was flagged for a “less than honorable discharge,” he was honorably discharged and returned to his home. Little was heard from him since then. He had no police record, had not committed any other crimes and basically lived a quiet life, focused around his love of basketball.
But underneath the surface, there were things going on in Johnson’s heart and mind. He was hearing the message of Black Lives Matter, especially the call for violence against the police. He was also hearing an anti-American message at his mosque in the Dallas suburbs.
Who is to Blame?
Regardless of who actually pulled the trigger, it appears to me that some blame can be placed on the Black Lives Matter group, even though the killer had no association with them. We have no way of knowing for sure, but it’s quite possible that Johnson was at least in part motivated by those calls to violence.
At what point is a person guilty of incitement to violence and at what point is it protected speech under the First Amendment?
That’s a hard question to answer; but if the same standard is applied, which is used for pastors who preach against homosexuality, then those who have been speaking publically about killing cops, are as guilty as the man who pulled the trigger.
Johnson, who goes by the name “Micah X” was apparently named after the Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X. Both belong to the same group, Nation of Islam, where Malcolm X rose to a position of leadership. The mosque which Micah X attends, is apparently part of one of the branches of Nation of Islam (the organization has split since Malcolm X’s time).
The Nation of Islam is a black organization, loosely tied with Islam. I say loosely tied because from what I know of Islam, they would at best shunned by most Muslims and at worst killed as apostates. I think they are more a racist political revolutionary group, than they are a true expression of religious belief of any sort. While they claim to be Islamic, their version of Islam has been culturally adapted to the American Black community.
Islam has been attractive to some American Blacks, especially anti-white blacks, for the same reason that it was attractive to the Arabs in the Middle East during the Middle Ages. Christianity was and is seen as the white man’s religion, by those who oppose it, even though there are many black Christians.
Islam offers them an alternative; something that is decidedly not white. For that reason alone, blacks who blame their suffering and poverty on whites, flock to Islamic groups like the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party.
But when you mix radical Islam with militant revolutionary ideas, then feed it to people who are disenchanted with society, you have an explosive mixture. That’s what happened here. Micah X got a strong dose of these teachings, which resulted in him taking violent action.
While the Nation of Islam isn’t associated with ISIS and their theology is doubtful, they still play into the hands of radical Islamic goals. By inciting violence and violent rhetoric, they cause unrest, creating fertile ground for the recruitment of more members to the ISIS ranks. But even those who choose not to join ISIS can still take their part in global jihad, by participating in acts of violence here at home.
So, whether or not the Nation of Islam is truly Islamic or not, is ultimately inconsequential. They are working towards a similar goal. While the members of these groups have their own vision for America, they don’t have the numbers of the true Muslims. Eventually, they will have to fully convert to Islam, or they will be cut out of the victory.
With that in mind, the shots that Micah X fired, could be the opening salvo in the war against police. Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panthers and others have been calling for this war since Ferguson, now it looks like they have it. The question is, where does it go from here?
Video first seen on Face the Nation on CBS.
You may think that I’m being premature or presumptuous in calling this a war against the police, but the attack in Dallas was not the only attack to take place. While it was the largest, and the killer claimed to not be affiliated with any group, there were several other attacks against the police within the same 48 hour window. That’s too much to call it coincidence.
Protests happened around the country, for the same reason as the protest in Dallas. While some were relatively peaceful, doing nothing more than blocking traffic, there were others which turned violent. A number of police officers were attacked, either wounding or outright killing them. Atlanta, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and other places, Black Lives Matters demonstrations were held. None became as violent as the one in Dallas, nor was there the violence, looting and destruction that we’ve seen with Black Lives Matter in the past, but they weren’t exactly peaceful either.
I believe that we’re going to see an escalation in violence against the police, even while the founders of Black Lives Matter are trying to reduce the violence in their own organization. There are always others who copycat the actions of criminals, especially those who gain national media attention. Must like the mass killings that have been going on, others will follow in the footsteps of Johnson, seeking to emulate and improve upon his success.
There are those who complain about our police becoming militarized. I have had my own concerns about that. But in the light of the dangers that our police forces face every day, I am not surprised that they are becoming militarized. If they don’t, they will become outgunned, outmaneuvered and all too many of them will end up dead.
That’s not to say that I’m in agreement with the federal government militarizing administrative departments. I can see no reason for many of the feds to be armed and militarized like they are. They are not police organizations, so they don’t have the same needs the police do.
But the police do have needs. They are still the thin blue line that protects us from the barbarians. With the ever-increasing risks of terrorism, including domestic terrorism caused by the extremist groups that I’ve been mentioning, police need to be able to defend themselves. They also need to be able to count on the support of law-abiding citizens, whether that be merely verbal, or in going to assist police officers when they are in a shooting situation.
I did that once, stopping to help a police officer who was outnumbered and quite possibly outgunned. As a member of my state’s National Guard, I felt a responsibility to help that officer. Fortunately, I was in uniform at the time, so he was able to recognize me as a good guy. Nevertheless, by joining forces with him, I was able to change the equation, making it so that he was no longer outnumbered.
America actually has a long history of armed law-abiding citizens standing ready to help and support our law enforcement officers. Whether joining in a posse or providing information on a crime, the police and other law-enforcement officers have long been able to count on the support of law-abiding Americans.
Yet today, there are those who are working to undermine that support. The media reporting and liberal rhetoric that surrounds each of these shootings, has been the cause of much violence. Every time a white police officer is forced to use deadly force against a young black criminal, the police officer is tried in the court of public opinion and found guilty, before the facts are truly known.
But then, the news media has given up on facts anyway, preferring to stick with liberal talking points instead.
A lot of the blame for the deaths of those police officers can be laid right at the feed of those same news anchors and reporters. If they weren’t so quick to act as left-wing propagandists and instead did their job of finding out the facts and presenting them to the public, people would know that police are less likely to shoot a young black man, than they are to shoot a white one.
But then, that doesn’t match their liberal talking points, so they won’t bother to say it.
This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.
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The political unrest surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is triggering riots and violence that could last until the November election.
Several police officers were injured when protestors tried to storm a Trump rally this week, throwing rocks and breaking windows. Police in riot gear tossed smoke bombs into the mob outside the Albuquerque convention center, where Trump was delivering a speech.
“This was not a protest, this was a riot,” attorney Doug Antoon, who was inside the center, told the Associated Press. “These are hate groups.”
The protestors were carrying banners that read: “Trump is a fascist” and “we’ve had enough.” Some Trump supporters say the protesters are paid to do what they’re doing.
Protestors also threw objects at Trump supporters, burned Trump T-shirts and charged police officers on horseback, The Albuquerque Journal reported. Rioters did not get inside the arena, but rocks flew through the building’s windows.
“Appears that most of the @realDonaldTrump protestors have left & remaining contingent is only looking to cause trouble & be destructive,” the Albuquerque police tweeted.
Trump tweeted Wednesday, “The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!”
Chaos Elsewhere, Too
The chaos in Albuquerque was not the first, nor the worst violent outbreak at a Trump event.
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On April 29, a mob smashed the windows on one police car and tried to turn another police vehicle over in Anaheim, California, The Los Angeles Times reported. The rioters were protesting a Trump appearance in Orange County. At least five police cars were damaged and one officer was hit by a rock.
Some protesters also threw rocks and debris at motorists and tried to block an entrance to State Route 55 near the convention center.
“I knew this was going to happen,” protestor Daniel Lujan said. “It was going to be a riot. He deserves what he gets.”
“This is the anger people have against Trump,” said Jose Cruz, 21. “It’s not because he’s white — it’s because of what he’s said.”
But despite the protests – or perhaps partially because of them – Trump’s poll numbers are improving. He trailed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 11 points on March 23 in the RealClearPolitics.com average of polls, but now is tied with her in the average, and has led in three of the most recent five surveys.
Protesters Will Continue To ‘Escalate Their Response’
Black Lives Matter activist Cat Brooks told The Guardian that “A lot of people want to dismiss us as troublemakers and rabble-rousers, but what you’re dealing with are highly sophisticated, very grounded, very committed organizers with a strong vision of what they want the future of this country to look like.”
Protestors plan to block roads, freeway exits and parking lots, Brooks said. She predicted that protestors will continue to try and disrupt Trump with bullhorns and publicity stunts.
“We have friends and allies all over the country,” San Francisco activist Linda Capato told The Guardian. “The more Trump engages in this hateful rhetoric, the more people will feel compelled to escalate their response.”
Of course, rioting and violence is not confined to Republican events. The Nevada state Democratic convention on May 15 degenerated into a brawl between supporters of US Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and Hillary Clinton backers. The Washington Post reported that at least one person was injured when Sanders supporters, who were angry at a vote count, tried to storm a stage.
Some Democrats are now afraid that violence could be repeated at the Democratic National Convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia, MSNBC reported.
Authorities in Cleveland are preparing for riots when that city hosts the Republican National Convention July 18-21.
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Citizens in one Western country are hunting pigeons, cats and even dogs for food because of an economic crisis that has emptied supermarket shelves and led to lengthy blackouts.
Ramon Muchacho, mayor of the Chacao region in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, delivered the shocking news earlier this month when news began spreading that Venezuelan soldiers were stealing goats for food.
“People hunting cats and dogs in the streets, and pigeons in the squares, to eat them,” he wrote. “This is not a joke. It is a very painful reality.”
Six of Venezuela’s officers were arrested for stealing goats to kill for meat, The Panama Post reported, after no food had been delivered to their army base.
To make matters worse, looting of shopping malls, supermarkets, pharmacies and food trucks by mobs of hungry people is now widespread in Venezuela, The Panama Post reported. But deliveries are not being made to stores.
Pictures and videos posted on social media show that every shelf in some markets has been cleared. In the city of Puerto Cabello, a mob broke down the doors to a warehouse and pillaged bags of raw corn after workers told hungry people that they could only get small bags of flour.
“There’s no rice, no pasta, no flour,” resident Glerimar Yohan told the newspaper, La Costa, “only hunger.”
The nation is in the midst of a constitutional crisis, with President Puerto Cabello trying to hold onto power and opponents in Congress attempting to run him out of office.
Maduro has tried to end the food shortages by declaring a state of emergency and ordering the arrest of business owners whose factories are not producing food. Amnesty International has accused the president of violating human rights.
The next logical step will be for Venezuelans to flee their own country simply to eat. Some observers say the South American nation could soon experience a refugee crisis similar to the one in Europe.
“As hunger deepens, we could see more Venezuelans fleeing by land or sea,” Muchacho predicted.
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I rarely discuss predictions or make guesses about the future, but this time I am going to make an exception. I am old enough to remember all the demonstrations that occurred during the days of rage in Chicago at the 1969 Democratic Convention. The term demonstration is incorrect in reality they were riots, and very close to an armed insurrection. In addition to this, there were numerous demonstrations and riots in various areas of the country, with the stated objective of stopping the war in Viet Nam. They came very close to martial law in some areas.
In reality while many of the people were there to stop the war, it was a movement to change the direction of the political system in this country. And it has worked to a large degree. Many of the people who were involved in this movement now hold political office.
Now comes Donald Trump, who is running for president. Whether you love or hate Trump, he is creating an unusual situation which the left will take advantage off. Many radical left wing groups are organizing and planning demonstration and riots against him. This movement is lead by dedicated leaders and well-organized groups that are well funded by the billionaire George Soros who was born in Hungary. Between 1979 and 2015, he donated more than 11 billion dollars to liberal and progressive causes. He is going to be a major supporter of the demonstration that will occur if Trump becomes the Republican nominee. Which I believe is quite likely.
As stated by various progressive groups they intend to have the largest demonstrations that have ever been seen in this country. They are already setting up classes to train the demonstrators. This follows what they did in the anti war demonstration. They trained their people well and told them what to bring to the demonstration to help alleviate the effects of tear gas and riot police.
If they are able to start demonstration on the level that they are predicting, it can directly affect many of us. If you live in the wrong area, you and your property could be in physical danger. Riots could also result in a declaration of martial law. The ramifications of this are difficult to predict.
Now I want to make one thing clear I am not taking a political position on Donald Trump, whether I vote for him or not is my business. I can tell you one thing I will not be voting for Hillary. But I want you to be aware of what these demonstrations can lead to. I was involved in some of the ones in the 1960’s and 70’s in a law enforcement capacity and in the near future I will pass along more information as I see it unfold. Remember the progressive left will never let an opportunity to cause trouble slip by and they will find some way to try to take advantage of this situation.
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During almost every type of major disaster, one thing you’re guaranteed to see (or at least hear about) is looters. Whether they’re looking for food and water or just taking advantage of the situation so they can get free stuff, looters are bound to be a problem. They […]
So what am I tangibly doing differently?
In my sleepy little small town western central Louisiana life I am not doing anything differently. Terrorism or whatever is not a concern here. My risk of being involved in something beyond normal crime is very low.
However when I travel to a bigger town I am doing things a bit differently. For Thanksgiving I went to visit my sister in greater Houston. Like always I had my trusty get home bag and Glock 19. I did intentionally fill up (Houston is a half talk away) before going to my sisters place. I also brought my fighting load and my AR-15 with 7 magazines.
In the not so distant future I would like to get a dedicated vehicle gun. A budget AR or AK would fit the bill. I think an AK with a folding stock would be ideal as it would fit in a gym bag for discrete transportation. Also 7.62×39 does better with vehicles which is a consideration. That being said an M4 style AR will fit in a tennis racket bag. Paul Howe has a set up like that which is pretty handy. I will probably get whichever I can find a deal on.
What changes have you made based on recent events?
Easy Ways to Prepare for Riots and Migrant Invasions
It’s hard for me to look at what’s happening in Europe right now, around 8,000 African and Middle-Eastern migrants cross their borders every single day. The old continent will never be the same, that’s for sure, and I feel powerless when it comes to doing something to stop this “flood”. The US also agreed to receive 10,000 of them last I heard so if you think this migrant crisis won’t affect you, think again. I’m willing to bet that number will rise pretty soon.
Considering the size of the Ferguson and Baltimore riots, adding a few hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants is like pouring gasoline on fire. We need to prepare. We need to know what to do in the next wave of riots because one thing I do know is it’s going to be devastating.
#1. Move out of downtown areas
You don’t have to leave everything behind (friends, jobs) and move out of the city into the wilderness or in a small town. The suburbs will allow you and your spouse to keep your jobs and you’ll be far away from the streets and squares that are most likely to witness bloody street-fights at some point.
#2. Have a get home bag and an everyday carry kit (EDC)…
…and make sure all your family members do too. The items you have on you when you’re away from home may as well save your life if you’re trapped in a riot, if you happen to run into a gang of thugs or if someone starts following you at night. Buying stuff for your GHB and EDC is easy; the hard part is keeping them concealed so your co-workers don’t think you’re crazy for having water purifying tablets on you.
#3. Spread the word
My personal Facebook profile is full of news and footage about the migrants that’ve taken over Europe. Even though I lost a few “Facebook friends” lately, I’m confident that my efforts are raising much-needed awareness, particularly since liberal media prefers to only show on side of the story.
You need to know your facts because there are plenty of fake photos and misleading news out there that do not make our point.
#4. Do drills (preferably with your family)
They are easier than you think. During a lunch break, make it a point to get home as fast as you can (without causing an accident). Measure how long all of this takes you and try to beat your own record in subsequent drills. You can even stop along the way if you notice a vending machine to see how fast you can get to the cash in your survival bag to get water and energy bars (as you would in an emergency situation when you’d need to be hydrated and energized).
#5. Prepare for martial law
Total Martial Law means, among other things, the suspension of the Constitution and the replacement of the Government and the legislative powers with a military dictatorship. If this happens, it means things are bad. Really bad.
As long as you’re prepping, you might as well do it for a more extreme scenario such as this one because you’ll automatically be ready for anything else: riots, civil unrest or a state of emergency. Just remember what happened during Katrina when people were forced to spend several nights in the Superdome in New Orleans, along with types of people I’d rather not talk about.
#6. Don’t trust ANYONE
Good people turn into savages when put in critical situations. Just look at the migrant crisis in Europe. Many of the refugees became violent when they weren’t allowed into Hungary, not to mention some of them may be terrorists.
Speaking of which, some of the terrorists who decided to take Christian lives were also considered to be “nice guys” by the people who previously knew then and were interviewed. Heck, even some of your neighbors might get upset that you don’t join their protests (What normal prepper would, protests and having the mob mentality are completely useless.) My point is, you can’t really trust anyone during social unrest. Instruct your kids to avoid talking to strangers and learn to recognize when someone is stick to stay away from them.
#7. Stay Connected and Read the Signs
If you bug out when it’s too late… bad news: you might not make it. The streets will be veritable battlefields so good luck with that. It’s better to bug out to early as soon as you feel things are going down the drain and make a fool of yourself than it is to make the decision when it’s too late and risk everything.
One of the most important things you can do is to constantly watch local TV stations or listen to local radio stations so you’re the first to know when something bad happens. You also need to
#8. Make Like-minded Friends
They don’t necessarily have to be preppers. A lot of folks out there are concerned with politics and the way things are going and, even if they aren’t prepping, they at least see the things the same way you do.
The more such people you know, the more likely it is they’ll help you or that you’ll help them. Who knows, maybe one of them will help you bug out in case you can’t for some reason (even if they don’t know what bugging out means right now).
#9. Become a grey man or woman
Becoming a grey man is all about not standing out from the crowd. Let’s take a closer look at those migrants trying to make their way into Germany, Austria and Sweden. Though there hasn’t been conclusive proof, many people fear that ISIS terrorists disguised themselves as refugees.
If you noticed, most of these guys were well dressed, had smartphones and money. So, if you were trying to blend in with them, would you try to look like a dirt-poor refugee? Of course not! You’d have a smartphone and good clothes too.
My point is, if you want to blend in with the people around you to avoid suspicions that you might have things of value on you, such as money, guns or gold. You need to look like them, smell like them and dress like them.
It’s almost impossible to see how the coming nation-wide social chaos will unfold. Who would have thought modern refugees would look like the ones who are still trying, as I’m writing this, to make their way into Europe? The only certainty in the coming disaster is uncertainty so I guess my best and final advice I can give you is to always hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
A guest post from Dan Sullivan – www.SurvivalSullivan.com
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