As many of us have seen throughout our lives, civil unrest can happen at the drop of a hat. And when it happens, it can pose significant safety risks to people caught within the boundary of the unrest. That’s why we feel that everyone should be prepared for it. This doesn’t mean being paranoid about it, but it instead means being proactive and taking the steps to protect yourself, your family, and your home. Let’s look at some of the things you can do to ensure that you and your family are safe when things begin to go south.
Step One: Have A Plan
One of the first things that you can do to ensure that you’re ready for the possibility of civil unrest in your area is to have a plan. A plan that outlines whether you are going to do if you have to shelter in place, and a plan that outlines possible evacuation plans if things get out of control. How are you going to protect your home? Do you have enough food to ride out a period of civil unrest? How can you evacuate the area if the need arises? What happens if a family member becomes injured? These are all things that people should think about before a disaster strikes.
Making a plan serves two purposes. One, it gives your mind time to think about the various scenarios that might arise. Experts agree that it takes about 24-hours for the human mind to acclimate when the world around the person changes, but coming up with a plan can drastically reduce that acclimation period. And two, drafting a plan gives a person peace of mind that enables them to act more decisively when things turn bad.
Step Two: Keep A 3-Day Emergency Food Supply
Once a person has drafted a civil unrest plan, they’re going to want to make sure that they have at least a 3-day food supply on hand. 3-days worth of food should be suitable for most of the urban unrest that many of us are used to seeing, but if the unrest spreads over a larger area, then food supply lines might become severed, so the consumer might want to make sure that they have more than 3-days worth of food.
Some of the items that you might want to have in an emergency food supply include:
- Canned Fish & Meat
- Canned Fruit & Vegetables
- Premixed Baby Formula
- Infant Food
- Jarred Pasta Sauces
- Dried Beans
- Fruit Juices
- Bottled Water
It also should be said that you shouldn’t forget about the pets. If a person has pets, then they should make sure that they have enough food and water for their pets, too. The mistake many people make when storing bottled water for their families is that they forget to take into account the needs of their pets.
Step Three: Do A Security Audit Of Your Home
Another thing that a person might want to do is to do a security audit of their home. This means checking the home for areas that might be vulnerable to break-ins, damage from fire, or damage from police munitions and tear gas cartridges. It also means making sure that the home has multiple exits that a person can use if the occupants need to flee suddenly. A security audit can drastically affect a Civil Unrest Plan, so people might have to go back to their plan and make changes to it.
Step Four: Create A Bug-Out Bag
The next thing that a person is going to want to do is to have a bug out bag. A bug out bag contains the items a family would need if they need to exit their home and move to a secondary location. Some of the things that should be in a bug-out bag include:
- Identification & Birth Certificates For Each Family Member
- Dehydrated & Other Portable Foods
- A Cotton Bandanna
- Duct Tape
- An N95 Face Mask
- A Portable Sewing Kit
- A Few Garbage Bags
- A Water Bottle
- Water Purification Tablets
- P-38 Can Opener
- Extra Clothing
- An Emergency Sleeping Bag
- An Emergency Rain Poncho
- A Lighter And Fire Starter
- First-Aid Kit
- Wet Napkins
- Camp Soap
- Travel Toilet Paper
- Travel Size Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Emergency Hand-Crank Radio
- Extra Cash
- A Local Map
- Emergency Whistle
- Small Notebook & Pen
- Necessary Medicines
All of the above materials should be placed in a suitable EDC Backpack and each member of the family should have their backpack built to their needs. It also might be a good idea to place in each of the bug-out bags a quality Gas Mask that can be used to protect the person from tear gas, smoke canisters and pepper spray that might be deployed on the streets.
Step Five: Have A Secondary Bug-Out Location
Of course, having a bug-out bag isn’t going to do a person any good if they don’t have anywhere to bug out to. Some people have a secondary cabin that they can bug out to in an emergency and some people take it a step further by not only having a bug-out shelter but also have supply caches along their route that they can use to resupply.
However, a person doesn’t have to have survival caches or a bug out cabin, especially if it doesn’t fit in their budget. A bug out location can be as simple as being able to go to a relative or friend’s home in an emergency, so it doesn’t have to be fancy. It just has to be a safe place to go.
Step Six: Be Prepared To Act
The final thing that a person can do to prepare for civil unrest is to be literally prepared for anything. Civil unrest can break out at any point in time, and it can accelerate quickly, so it’s always a good idea for people to keep their proverbial ear to the ground and pay attention to news reports. Then if things begin to go bad, the emergency plan can be immediately put into place.