UPDATED, Nov. 10, 2016 – With the election over, and Donald Trump the winner, protests and riots are in full swing around the nation including cities like New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles and more.
Some have gotten violent by clashing with police, attacking Trump supporters and destroying property. Graffiti artists and Twitter have called for Trump’s assassination, and “legitimate” media sources are calling for a new “movement” against the people that supported the Republican candidate.
And so the concern over ongoing riots and even civil war threatening the nation as this historic election season closes remains heightened.
Very smart preppers are taking this situation seriously.
MD Creekmore of the Survivalist Blog said his advice is simple. Withdraw cash in case you can’t use the ATM when the unrest starts.
“It’s always a good idea to have $5,000 to $10,000 in cash in a secure location. If you live in an urban area leave NOW. Go stay with a friend or family member until after the election to avoid civil unrest and violence that may breakout,” he said. “Other than that, just prep as normal and wait and see what happens.”
But while most people feel the odds of widespread destruction are low for most areas around the nation, prudent preppers are looking to the experts for help just in case.
So Paratus Business News put a call out to the survival blogosphere for advice, and here’s a roundup for our readers.
You’re On Your Own: Prepper Recon.com is a great place for information in compact podcasts (about 30 minutes). In this edition, the Ferguson Effect is explained (meaning some politicians may allow riots to take place and some police are unwilling to risk legal or political persecution for doing their jobs). Moreover, many officers nationwide are expecting a massive collapse. Why you are on your own.
A Quick Primer: Smart Prepper Gear doesn’t get lost in a ton of details in dealing with unrest. In an earlier post regarding the Black Lives Matter protests, the site offers quick, to the point advice, including some novel ideas. Great place to start.
Check the Checklist now: Granted, by the time you read this, the election may be over, but many people will be fretting about the reaction from the losers. Daisy Luther’s Organic Prepper blog offers an easy check list to help you prepare for civil unrest (along with a chilling reminder why both sides could start the American Civil War II).
Situational Awareness: Jim Cobb, the author of several has two short pieces on civil unrest from his website Survival Weekly. The first is focused on situational awareness, and what to do if you live in an urban area and riots starts outside your door. The second is focused on what to do if you’re caught up in the protest.
Preparing for Civil Unrest, Part 1: Jim Cobb, the consultant and prolific survival writer with Survival Weekly, gives us more information when he joined the Beyond Off Grid project to council viewers on how to prepare for massive civil disruptions. It’s well worth the time.
Starting at Home: SurvivalBlog and it’s founder James Wesley, Rawles always does an incredible job of detailing action plans. Here, one of its contributors gives a great lesson on defending your home should society crash.
Stuck at Work: Because most people work in downtown locations, they may not realize their office is ground zero for civil unrest. Central business districts are top targets for massive protests for several reasons: it’s a centralized location for government buildings, media offices, transit systems and large populations. Downtown locations make it easy to gather rioters and create mayhem. If a SHTF situation starts while you’re at the office, what do you do? Prep-Blog.com tries to focus on prudent, reasonable prepping. Worth a read.
Communications: Rob Griswold, the principal of ReadyMadeResources, a well-respected survival gear retailer, joined Prepper Recon.com for a good explanation of communications needs during a societal breakdown. Just 36 minutes.
Prepare your Neighborhood part 1: Thanks to David Dietrich of the Get Ready! Emergency Planning Center, we have an incredible list of how to inspire your neighbors to join the effort. Download this PDF for your files and get started: surviving-an-urban-disaster1.
Prepare your Neighborhoods part 2: If you know the Oathkeepers, then you know it’s primarily a collection of former military veterans and law enforcement officers dedicated to protecting the Constitution. The organization created Community Preparedness Teams, and in this video, explains ways to prepare and respond to civil unrest. It’s long, but worth it.
Finally, PBN took the time to listen in on the Survival Mom’s Preparedness University class on prepping for civil unrest. Like most of the links and videos above, these classes include incredible amounts of information that often go beyond the average “how to” lists. And since we were given permission to listen and share, please add this information to your lists. The “take aways” are many, but if you’re going about your business be aware of the following situations.
Lisa Bedford, the Survival Mom, offered key pointers on who makes up a “protest” and what turns them into a rioting “mob.”
Types of crowds that become protests or mobs:
- Casual – these are temporary like Black Friday shoppers;
- Cohesive – a group running on high emotions, but with no leadership like a football crowd;
- Expressive Group – comes with charismatic leadership and strong beliefs that generate strong emotion levels, often with anger, such as political rallies;
- Aggressive Group – has specific objections generating high emotional tension where the crowd draws a line in the sand. These normally have formal charismatic leadership that can easily turn a peaceful protest into a mob.
What flash points turn a crowd into a dangerous mob:
- Denial of access (not allowed to enter a building);
- Perceived breech of rules (not allowed to speak at a town hall meeting);
- Perceived abridgement of rights (arrested “without cause”);
- Lack of organization (no leadership that leads to a sudden reaction);
- Excessive or improper use of force (police in riot gear);
- Unwillingness to obey the rules (the crowd disobeys orders in a show of defiance).
By the time the mob gets dangerous, they have no regard for consequences and are willing to risk everything. Types of dangerous mobs:
- Aggressive Mob – often fighting perceived racial injustices. Race riot or prison riot.
- Escape Mob – trapped and panicked. Like the people escaping the falling towers of 9/11, or stuck in a small space, crowds will panic and trample others or destroy property in order to save their own lives. They don’t necessarily start out looking for trouble.
- Acquisitive Mob – people looting after hurricanes or news events (Rodney King) and looking for food, water or high ticket items. Want to be seen and heard. Sometimes, they simply are stealing goods.
Often, the most dangerous riots are started by professional instigators. According to Bedford’s research, the Ferguson riots that saw buildings burned to the ground, “most arrested were from out of town. None were charged. They had no regard for the consequences.”
What causes a mob? Mob psychology:
- Anonymity – crowds wearing shemaghs, or Guy Fawkes masks especially at night should be avoided. The anonymity gives them the freedom from responsibility and often freedom from arrests. They use a tactic called “unarresting” by all wearing the same clothes, and law enforcement tries to make an arrest, the crowd swarms the police officers. And no one is arrested. This is dangerous.
- Universality. All together.
- Inability to Withdraw – People caught up in the crowd feel their lives will be threatened if they don’t do what the mob is doing. So they just blend in. A good example is that of a woman in England that got caught up in a protest. She felt an inability to escape, so she broke a window, stole TV, and then turned herself in next day. She thought it saved her life.
If you see a crowd in your area, and it looks to have any of these characteristics, get out.
In the meantime, Bedford advises you take the following quick actions now.
Supplies to purchase:
- get cash;
- fill vehicles with fuel;
- fill prescriptions;
- update your First Aid kit;
- purchase groceries;
- stores drinking water;
- refill pet supplies; and,
- stock up on ammunition.
Secure Your Home:
- Keep doors and windows locked;
- keep pets indoors;
- lock gates;
- find and prepare fire extinguishers;
- have supplies to cover windows;
- remove heavy objects from outside the house that can be used as projectiles;
- remove all your political signs; and,
- park your vehicle inside.
That said, let’s hope that all this is for naught. But to be real, even if the elections don’t cause riots, civil war or other social disruptions, recent history proves that some event will light a fire in a city hear you.