This is part one of two on the topic of preparing for civil unrest where you live.
If you viewed news footage during the 2017 Inauguration Day ceremonies, you’re well aware of the numerous protests that occurred.
As a result of Donald Trump being elected president of the United States, thousands protested across 25 American cities, with an extreme case of unrest in Oakland, California, where more than 40 fires were started and police officers were injured.
Anti-Trump protests on Inauguration Day resulted in more than 230 arrests and a vehicle fire. These cases of civil disobedience are more than election related. For example, during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, hundreds were arrested after multiple skirmishes with police. Vehicles, hay bales and tires were set on fire.
These instances won’t stop and will only get worse as the political climate continues to change. So, the real question is, how do you protect yourself from civil disobedience and riots?
As always, we recommend you prepare for the worst case scenario – which in this case means you’d better be ready for a riot to hit your own community.
When civil disobedience and riots arise, be sure to avoid areas most likely to be hit the hardest, such as urban centers. Have a plan in place to protect your family, your home and quite possibly your community.
Check local laws regarding your fundamental rights for defending your property if looting and other malicious behavior spans to your neighborhood. Additional tips for civil unrest preparation are in the checklist below:
Prepare for Civil Unrest
- Confirm that your basic prep supplies are in order and accessible. This should include food, water and sanitation supplies. Remember, two weeks of supplies is a bare minimum; you’re better off having supplies for three or more months.
- Check stock and expirations on your first-aid kit and medical supplies. This should include all necessary prescription drugs for your immediate family members.
- Double-check security features within and outside your home, including fencing around any property you own.
- Maintain your personal self-defense plan. This includes making sure to have proper ammo for any firearms you have stockpiled. If it’s been a while since you’ve used your gun, it wouldn’t hurt to take a trip to the shooting range for practice.
- Ensure you have cash on hand; small bills are best.
- Accumulate extra goods exclusively for barter, such as coffee, alcohol, batteries, first-aid supplies, etc.
- Check to make sure your communication equipment is in working order. Your gear is no good if it doesn’t function when you need it most. Double-check everything.
- If you have children, grandchildren or pets in your home, make sure to store items for amusement and comfort. In a riot or lock-down situation, they will likely be panicked and could use personal items to help ease anxiety.
- Refresh knowledge of your self-sufficiency skills. It’s common to forget if you haven’t used the skills recently. Take time to read through literature we’ve provided in past communications or self-sufficiency books in your personal library.
- And last but not least, keep a level head and stay quiet. During times of civil unrest, police officers are on edge and understandably so after many recent incidents of officer shootings.
Next time we’ll look at your rights as a U.S. citizen, as well as what you should do if you’re questioned by an authority figure or stopped while driving your car during civil unrest.