Avoiding Civil Unrest

Civil Unrest has occurred in pockets across the country over the past few years and  is perhaps one of the more likely scenarios that could adversely effect us in the future.  It’s possible that we could see more protests and riots like those organized by the 99% movement.   Other widespread civil unrest could be caused by financial inequities or collapse, food shortages, loss of confidence in government, or storms that leave people homeless.

Occasionally even peaceful protests turn violent because of outside agitators that flock to any event where they think they can run amok.  These anarchists are the cause of much of the violence we see on TV at what would otherwise be peaceful protests.

While civil unrest is something that can strike any part of the country it is perhaps the most straightforward to avoid.  In the past we have seen civil unrest in large or even medium sized cities but it has not spread to the suburbs.  On a few occasions there may have been minor fights between picketers in small towns but nothing like we saw in Los Angeles and other inner cities.

So how exactly do you avoid getting swept up in any type of civil unrest?  First of all you should not live in a city unless it is absolutely necessary.  We have discussed time and time again how dangerous cities are.  They are unlivable without electricity, put you in close proximity to a large number of undesirable neighbors, and are practically impossible to evacuate.  In an emergency, population density is your enemy.

Secondly, keep an eye on the local and national news.  Civil unrest occurs most commonly from a planned protest or event.  If you hear there will be picketing, protests, or even a “peaceful march” in a particular location you should avoid those areas completely.  If you were planning on going into the city for a business meeting simply reschedule it for another day or better location outside the city.  Simply staying away from locations that are likely to flare up with protests is not difficult.  Avoiding a hurricane that’s bearing down on you is much tougher to do…

If for some reason you find yourself in a place that is quickly becoming a hot spot you should leave the area immediately and by any means possible.  If that means leaving a car behind and walking out to a safer spot then that may be the way to go.  Don’t think that automobile glass offers you any kind of defense.  A tire iron or large rock makes quick work of it.

There is always the possibility that civil unrest could become more widespread than it has in the past.  If that is the case I recommend using the plywood you should have stored in your garage and covering up any vulnerable windows.  The use of firearms in a situation like this is something that needs to be carefully considered and researched.  Every state has a different view of what constitutes shooting in self-defense.  Some states would actually require you to evacuate your residence if at all possible rather than fire a weapon at an intruder.  Other “castle law” states see things differently.  I’m not a lawyer but I know enough about gun laws to recommend that everyone should do what they need to to understand the laws that affect them.

So, while there are many disaster scenarios that we can do very little to steer clear of (although we can still prep and plan for them) civil unrest is one situation that with good situational awareness we can avoid altogether.

~ Butch

6 Responses to Avoiding Civil Unrest

  1. Massachusetts used to require you to retreat from your home. But the current law is a mild version of the castle doctrine.

  2. I totally agree that they should be avoided when at all possible but an AR-15 in the trunk of my car and a glock in my concealed carry purse make me feel a lot better about having to venture 40 miles from my home daily for my job downtown. I wish is wasnt so far away and Lord knows I’d tather not be downtown, but living in a free state where gun laws are as free as they come in the nation, I guess I have more freedom than many others when it comes to carrying.

    I’m accosted by bums and the Democratic headquarters for the county is a few blocks from where I live, I’m shocked my car hasen’t been keys for having a “Don’t Tread on Me” bumper sticker on it.

    The day of the Boston bombings, I told my co-workers if there was any other issues I’d go home, and I was thousands of miles from where it happened.

    I truly believe that my life, and the life of my family far out weight my job. If I have to leave because I think that it is the best for my safety then I will do it without hesitation.

    Thanks for making me think. :)

    ~~Hate working downtown.

    • oh I’m sorry, this is what I get for posting something before re-reading it, mis-types…. The Dem party head quarters is near my job, not my home.

  3. I agree. Grab the bug out bags, the family and get out of dodge until it blows over. While we all work hard for the things we own, nothing is more valuable than life itself.

  4. Regarding plywood storage for the windows, one option for killing two birds with one stone is to build storage units/shelves for storing gear now that can be quickly disassembled for use on the windows and to secure the doors later. We built shelving and a pantry in the basement, and another shelving unit in the garage. All built from 5/8″ OSB and 2×4′s, and screwed together for easy disassembly. For covering smaller windows I just pre-cut the proper size and put them in the attic as floor boards for more storage there, for our big windows I built the shelves to their exact widths and multiples of their height. Not as fast, but good dual use.

  5. I disagree with the statement “civil unrest could be caused by financial inequities”. Does this mean because I don’t have a Lexus I should riot and take my nieghbors Lexus? It is an incredibly insane arguement especially in this country where our poor live better then the middle class in most other countries.