Civil unrest occurs when anger, frustration, or fear turn disruptive on a mass scale. It can arise from the anger of people, the incompetence of government, or both. And I kid you not when I say that it can happen anytime, anywhere.
During these uncertain times, a lot of us need to prepare for civil unrest scenarios. So we put together a list that might help you.
What is Civil Unrest?
Civil unrest is a broad term, but it generally refers to a purposeful disruption of smooth and peaceful society by a group of three or more individuals. Think of events such as riots, violent demonstrations, and unlawful obstructions.
Many incidents of civil unrest occur due to national or political issues, while some are more on the local level. But what really fuels this is human emotion. This emotionally charged response to an issue can be contagious and spreads as fast as lightning among the crowd.
Understand human nature to ensure your survival during civil unrest. This is the most basic rule here. The biggest factor in civil unrest is the role of crowd mentality, mob mentality, herd mentality, or gang mentality. It doesn’t take much to incite strong emotions in people that can cause riots and violence. Be prepared for this scenario.
How to Prepare for Civil Unrest
Here are some things you can do to prepare for civil unrest.
Don’t Fall into Complacency
Don’t have that “it can’t happen here” mindset toward political violence or social upheaval. No matter how peaceful your neighborhood or whole city is, if a tiny thing disrupts the supply chain, it can cause confusion, anger, and violence. If the government breaks down to the point where it can’t deliver food stamps, housing vouchers, social security, or bureaucrats’ pay, the rural poor and unemployed could become just as restive as their urban counterparts.
Have Your Gear Ready
Now that you have the prepper mindset, it’s time to remember that gear for civil unrest is necessary for survival. It’s similar to the tools you need to survive any other situation. Here’s a quick list of things to stockpile:
- Food, water, basic first-aid gear
- Batteries, flashlights, and a small radio
- Laminated maps of the local area
- Survival knife or a multi-tool
- Small weapon
- Barter items
- Bug-out bag complete with the essentials
Build Ties with Your Neighbors
Establishing a strong bond with your community is so important for every sort of emergency preparedness. For instance, if you ever get sick, they could check on you once in a while to make sure you’re okay. If the government breaks down to the point where it can’t deliver food stamps, housing vouchers, social security, or bureaucrats’ pay, the rural poor and unemployed could become just as restive as their urban counterparts.
Protect Your Home
Especially if you’re not bugging out, then learn the best home security system that works. : In suburban and rural settings, you may have a much larger area to protect. This can be done by fencing your property securely well in advance. You may even consider getting a dog to protect your property, livestock, and your life. They will alert you for danger and chase off intruders if you train them right.
Set up your personal self-defense system with your family. Also, apply for a concealed weapon permit, stock up on ammo, and practice shooting at the range. Invest in pepper sprays, bully clubs, slingshots, body armors, and other tools that will arm you against the bad guys.
Keep an eye on what is going on as far as current events and news goes. Whatever your system, political belief, or religion is, at least be updated about the facts on certain issues and learn how you can prepare for “what if” scenarios like civil unrest.