Risk Management refers to running of a business or performing a set of tasks, while controlling risk as much as possible; it is also called operational prudence. When applied to prepping and survival tasks, the basic idea is that all risk cannot be eliminated. Especially when you are dealing with some disaster scenario, large or small, long-term or short-term, you will face some additional risk. It might not be possible to reduce that risk to pre-disaster levels. So reasonable and prudence risk-taking becomes necessary. This survival blog post considers risk management during a time of civil unrest.
Any of a number of problems in society might result in civil unrest, to some degree. I’m not envisioning a complete breakdown of society, nor a state of anarchy or martial law — just some degree of civil disorder: frequent protests that turn violent, an increase in robbery and other violent crimes, and an inability of law enforcement to quell the problem. A number of events could trigger this type of unrest: high unemployment, high inflation, other severe economic problems, new laws that involve sharp restrictions on guns, high food prices and/or disruptions in the food supply, etc. Sometimes, in this blog, we discuss less common and more severe possible disasters, and other times we discuss the more common and less severe scenarios. In my opinion, some degree of civil unrest is one of the more likely and more severe possible disaster scenarios.
Given that we cannot entirely remove risk from our lives, how might we minimize risk when there is civil unrest? I have several suggestions, during times of civil unrest:
1. Prefer to schedule shopping trips during daylight hours, rather than at night.
2. Stock up on food and other supplies, so that you don’t need to go shopping as often. If you have sufficient supplies, you might stay home if there is civil unrest in your area.
3. Keep up-to-date on local news, and check local news before going out. You might want to find a few local news sources on the web, and bookmark them for easy reference.
4. If you are driving somewhere, and you see or hear an incident of civil unrest, avoid that area, and return to home or work or another safe location.
5. Familiarize yourself with the locations of local police stations near where you live, work, and shop.
6. See these FCC tips for calling 911 from a cell phone
7. Turn on location services in your cell phone, and consider getting an app that will allow family members to determine one another’s location, when necessary. This option is especially useful if you have kids or teens in your family.
8. Peaceful protest is your right. But as for me, I’d avoid participating in any protest that had any likelihood of becoming violent or chaotic.
9. If you are confronted by an angry or belligerent person, de-escalate the conflict. Think carefully before you act. Respond calmly and in a normal tone of voice. If someone is angry about an unfair situation, voice some measure of agreement with them. If you are asked to do anything unreasonable, be firm and calm in saying, “No”. Leave the area as soon as possible.
10. I’m not a big fan of concealed carry. I’d like to live in a State where a concealed carry permit is relatively easy for a law-abiding citizen to obtain. Even so, using a concealed weapon in self-defense is a very unfortunate, if sometimes necessary, option. Avoiding conflict is much more desirable.
11. Build up a network of family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who can turn to one another in difficult times for support.