Civil Unrest. What You Can Do To Prepare Your Family
Civil unrest is a growing problem in many parts of the world, and it is important to be prepared for such an event. This article will describe seven essential steps you can take to ensure that you are prepared for civil unrest.
First, it is important to have a plan for yourself and your family members if civil unrest takes place. Make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency and where to go for safety. Have a safe house prepared or plan to meet at a specific location in case you are separated during civil unrest.
Second, create an emergency kit with essential items like food, water, first aid supplies and other necessary items, possibly including firearms or other weapons, depending on your location. You may also want to consider having cash on hand for any expenses in case banks are closed or ATM’s aren’t working.
Having backup power such as solar or wind power, or purchasing a generator is also an important thing to consider in the event of a power outage.
Just be mindful that depending on where you live, the noise from a gas generator might attract attention from looters or other nefarious types.
I have a 10kW gas/propane generator wired into a separate breaker panel in my house to run the essentials in case of a power outage.
Well worth the investment…
Third, if you live in an area prone to civil unrest it is important to be aware of your surroundings and be familiar with potential escape routes should the situation become dangerous.
Have a route planned out so you can get away from trouble quickly without getting lost or confused. Having a “bugout” location is a good step to take as well if you need to leave your current location for an extended period of time.
Fourth, stay informed about the situation. Listen to news reports and follow the advice of law enforcement if civil unrest erupts in your area.
Make sure to leave any affected areas that may be impacted by violence or looting.
Fifth, be aware of false rumours and misinformation circulating during a time of civil unrest. Be sure to check with reliable sources for information on safety precautions. Having a police scanner or ham radio can also help to monitor any local communications between law enforcement agencies and first responders.
Sixth, if you have access to social media make sure not to spread misinformation or post inflammatory language as it can further heighten tension in an already volatile situation. Your posts could also put yourself and others at risk if they are misinterpreted by authorities during civil unrest.
Finally, stay away from areas affected by civil unrest and focus on keeping yourself safe. This may mean avoiding public transportation, staying inside and avoiding large crowds.
Remember that it is important to remain calm during times of civil unrest and take the necessary precautions to stay safe.
By following these steps you should be able to protect yourself and your family in the event of a crisis.