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Civil Unrest, Civil Disobedience, Civil protesting
Civil unrest, emergency plan. You don't have to be a survivalist/prepper to plan for SHTF survival situations like civil disobedience. In prior posts, you have learned about homesteading, how to prepare an emergency plan, and how to prepare a bug out bag, to survive an SHTF situation. According to Verisk Maplecroft, a leading research firm, " Nearly 40% of the world's 195 countries will see civil unrest during 2020." This post will go over understanding protesting, and civil unrest, and what you need to do to ensure that you and your family are prepared.
What is civil unrest
To sum it up, it is when a protest escalates from being a peaceful opposition of the law to violent acts of disobedience. People who commit acts of civil disobedience are aware of what they are doing and it is to draw attention to their position on a specific issue.
What are the reasons it happens
Violent rioting or civil disobedience is a result of the following:
- Protesting a police shooting, or killing that is believed to be malicious
- Passionately opposing political issues
- Disapproval over a verdict regarding a nationwide court case.
- When there is a clash between protestors and counter-protestors.
- Global economic collapse
- Water shortages
What is protesting
Protesting is publicly expressing disapproval over an idea or course of action. Oftentimes, these are organized demonstrations attempting to sway or influence public opinion.
Civil protesting vs. unrest
Civil protests can be legal or illegal, whereas rioting, civil unrest, or civil disobedience are violent, or non-violent criminal acts that oftentimes will replace a peaceful protest. It's clear disobedience or disregard for authority or the law.
Civil protest can start peaceful when there are a good cause and a message to be heard. Examples of this include:
- Blocking traffic
- Carrying signs
The message is lost when non-violent protests escalate to criminal acts of violence. The focus of the protest is transferred to attention and concern of violent rioting. Unfortunately, it is becoming a common occurrence for peaceful protests to turn into rioting and unrest.
What to do before/during an unrest
This section will discuss safety tips, emergency planning including communicating with family and friends, and how to protect your family during civil unrest.
Stay informed on local, national, and international events and headlines. This includes recent protests, acts of injustice, or any other type of event that could result in chaos.
It is important to stay indoors or try to seek refuge in a safe location until the crowd disperses or you can move about undetected.
Take cover don't be seen
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You don't want any attention drawn on you because this could make you a target. If the issue is involving a specific nationality or race, take cover if your nationality or race will make you a target. If possible, blend in.
Be mindful of situations around you and how to spot danger
If you are out and about and you notice a group of individuals looting from businesses, or vandalizing businesses, find your way out of the situation quickly. Keep a low-profile and steer clear of law enforcement.
How do you protect your family
Assess your home security
This means going around the parameters of your home and making notes of potential areas that are weak points for intruders to enter your home. This includes doors, windows, fences, and locks.
Here are some things that you can do to increase the security of your home:
- Surround your home with a fence that has a concrete-based foundation. Use material not easy to break through or cut with bolt cutters.
- Install a peephole on doors with double deadbolts
- Set traps
- Secure windows by blocking them rather than installing bars. You may need to use the windows as an emergency escape route.
- If possible, invest in solid doors that are hard to kick in.
- Invest in video surveillance of various entryways of your home. If possible have multiple monitors set up, so that you can monitor all areas of your home at once.
- Add motion detectors around the home
Create a personal self-defense system
This can include taking self-defense training or investing in pepper spray, slingshots, or anything else that can deter an intruder.
Create a safe room stocked with protection gear
This should be a place to take shelter with your family that has only one entrance. Idealistically, it needs to be bullet and fireproof, and stocked with the following:
Avoid civil unrest hot spots
This includes places such as:
- Police stations and government buildings
- Fast food restaurants
Trust no one
Don't open the door for anyone, people will tell you anything, such as they are law enforcement, or your loved one is in danger.
- Family emergency plan
Your family emergency plan should consist of a checklist or to-do list of surviving during civil unrest. You never know what could happen so you should prep for the worst-case scenario.
Devising your plan
It should consist of the following items:
- Meeting location if separated
- Evacuation route
- Out of town emergency contact
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Bug out bag
Things to include:
- Food supplies including pet and baby food and formula
- Cash stockpiled in small bills
- Survival knives, gun, rifle, ammo
- Tactical flashlight
- Clothes, diapers, and blankets
- Radio, walkie talkie, cellphone
- Batteries and sanitation supplies
- Water bottles, water purifying tablets
How will you communicate with your family and friends
These days everyone has a cellphone, however, what happens if you can't get a signal due to a cell tower being damaged? You need to have alternate forms of communication, especially to stay informed on what is going on around you.
Here are some items that you should store for communication needs:
- Emergency radio
- HAM radio
- Shortwave scanner
- Some form of two-way radio
Additional things to keep in mind
Here are some things that you should think about before/after unrest:
- Make sure that you have transportation in place if evacuation is necessary. Have a full tank of gas in the vehicle, and if possible additional gas cans to avoid stopping in your travels.
- Make sure that you have all your supplies do not go out to try and get additional supplies
- Practice your emergency plan and safety drills regularly. You need to ensure that everyone in the house knows how to use emergency equipment.
- There are some situations where you could be confronted or arrested by law enforcement. In this case, you will need to keep your mouth shut, avoid resisting, and contact your lawyer.
Don't wait for an SHTF survival situation to begin prepping. You need to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to survival situations.