What Black Friday Can Teach Us About Civil Unrest

November 25, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Skeptics like to believe the fairy tale that everything will be just fine, despite our staggering unemployment and rapidly climbing inflation, or the civil unrest that’s quickly sweeping across the rest of the world.

They try to convince you that “America is different” and “those things can’t happen here.” These people likely also still believe in Santa Claus. It can happen anywhere, it has happened here, and it will happen here again.

We already know that the vast majority of Americans are not prepared for even a small disaster, evident by the mobs of people who descend upon Costco each time the weatherman announces “we’re in for another big one.” So how do you think people will react when a real disaster occurs; one that affects people for weeks or months, rather than just a few days? Do you think they’ll wait calmly in line for their government handouts after not eating for three days? Do you think they’ll look out for their fellow man, or will they trample women and children to get what they want?

You don’t have to look far to find the answer. In fact, we saw plenty of evidence just a few days ago on Black Friday, when people were pushed, stabbed, and even shot, all in the quest to save a few dollars Christmas shopping. In a relatively stable society, people are already willing to commit violence against each other simply for material gain. It doesn’t take a Rhodes Scholar to figure out what they’ll do when their very survival is at stake.

Civil unrest will happen, it’s just one major disaster away. The only question is will you and your family be prepared?

If you don’t yet have a plan, here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Ensure you have an adequate supply of food, water, medicine, and first aid for your family. FEMA recommends being prepared for at least 72 hours after a disaster. I recommend a lot more; a bare minimum of one month, but more is always better.
  2. Avoid areas where violence is likely; inner cities, large crowds, grocery stores, etc. Your supply of food, water, medicine, and first aid will make that a lot easier since you won’t have to leave your home for basic necessities.
  3. Secure your home with sturdy doors and keep them dead bolted at all times. Install motion activated floodlights, and plant thorny bushes outside, under your windows. If possible, get a dog; ideally, a large one.
  4. Invest in firearms as well as non-lethal weapons, such as pepper spray or Tasers, and make sure all members of your family know how to properly use them. Also, ensure that you have enough ammunition for your firearms; a gun without bullets is nothing more than an expensive club.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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  • cat fury says:

    If you know your neighbors and can get them started preparing too, using the rioting as an excuse/example of WHY they should, that would be ideal. I store more than I need for myself and my family on the premise that in any SHTF situation, I’d rather have my retired little old lady neighbor from one side and the young married college students on the other side move in with me for the duration. Even if I have to feed them, I’d rather have a few more eyes to watch each other’s backs. If looters were trying to break into my place, I’d rather have a few more people in the house to help me. And in an extended collapse type situation I’d like to have extra muscles to help. Even my elderly neighbor can do chores such as cooking and cleaning and minor first aid, freeing up more able-bodied people for more important tasks.

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