Lock and Load: Are You Prepared for Civil Unrest?

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Do you get the feeling that we are right on the verge of chaos? With the government shutdown, the congressional budget deadline of the 17th, the EBT system under threat, and assorted “drills” that, if history proves to be any guide, could be a loose cover for an upcoming false flag, we could be looking at civil unrest in a matter of days.

These are all situations that we, as individuals, have little control over.

What we CAN control is our response to a crisis.

By planning ahead, we can avoid the fear, panic, and confusion that leads people to rush to the store and clear the shelves like a horde of hungry locusts. We can stay away from the angry masses, the rioters who will use any excuse to steal, and the hungry people who are determined to feed their kids no matter who stands in their way.

Whether the next few weeks lead to pandemonium due to the welfare strings being cut or some type of martial law, a prepared mindset, a defense plan, and a well-stocked home can help to keep you and your family out of harm’s way.

In her article Anatomy of a Breakdown, Tess Pennington wrote:

“When you take the time to understand how a breakdown behaves and how it progresses, only then can you truly prepare for it.

This glimpse into a systemic breakdown is based on an isolated, limited disaster or event where emergency responders have been deployed. I must emphasize that all bets are off if the event is wide spread, affecting multiple tens of millions of people simultaneously.”

Here are the most vital things that you can do to be prepared for civil unrest.

Get home

In a perfect world, we’d all be home, watching the chaos erupt on TV from the safety of our living rooms. However, reality says that some of us will be at work, at school, or in the car when unrest occurs. You need to develop a “get-home” plan for all of the members of your family, based on the most likely places that they will be.

Devise an efficient route for picking up the kids from school. Be sure that anyone who might be picking up the children already has permission to do so in the school office.

Discuss the plan with older kids – there have been rumors that children could be moved by the schools to a secondary location in the event of a crisis. Some families have formulated plans for their older kids to leave the school grounds in such an instance and take a designated route home or to another meeting place.

Keep a get-home bag in the trunk of your car in case you have to set out on foot.

Stash some supplies in the bottom of your child’s backpack – water, a snack, any tools that might be useful, and a map. Be sure your children understand the importance of OPSEC.

Find multiple routes home – map out alternative backroad ways to get home as well as directions if you must go home on foot.

Find hiding places along the way. If you work or go to school a substantial distance from your home, figure out some places to lay low now, before a crisis situation. Sometimes staying out of sight is the best way to stay safe.

Avoid groups of people. It seems that the mob mentality strikes when large groups of people get together. Often folks who would never ordinarily riot in the streets get swept up by the mass of people who are doing so.

Keep in mind that in many civil disorder situations the authorities are to be avoided every bit as diligently as the angry mobs of looters. Who can forget the scenes of innocent people being pepper sprayed by uniformed thugs in body armor just because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Stay home

Once you make your way home or to your bug-out location …. STAY THERE.

By staying home, you are minimizing your risk of being caught in the midst of an angry mob or of sitting in stalled traffic while looters run amok. In most scenarios you will be far safer at home than you will be in any type of shelter or refuge situation. (Obviously if there is some type of chemical or natural threat in your immediate neighborhood, like a toxic leak, a flood, or a forest fire, the whole situation changes – you must use common sense before hunkering down.)

This is when your preparedness supplies will really pay off. If you are ready for minor medical emergencies and illnesses, a grid down scenario, and a no-comm situation, you will be able to stay safely at home with your family and ride out the crisis in moderate comfort.

Be sure you have a supply of the following:

  • Water
  • Necessary prescription medications
  • Food and an off grid way to cook it
  • Or food that requires no cooking
  • First aid supplies
  • Lighting in the event of a power outage
  • Sanitation supplies (in the event that the municipal water system is unusuable, this would include cleaning supplies and toilet supplies)
  • A way to stay warm in harsh winter weather
  • Over-the-counter medications and/or herbal remedies to treat illnesses at home
  • Survival and first aid manuals (hard copies in case the internet and power grid are down)
  • Alternative communications devices (such as a hand-crank radio) so that you can get updates about the outside world
  • Off-grid entertainment: arts and craft supplies, puzzles, games, books, crossword or word search puzzles, needlework, journals

Be prepared to defend your home

Sometimes despite our best intentions, the fight comes to us. Even though we stay home, something about our place draws the attention of an unsavory person or group. Defense is two-fold. Your best defense is avoiding the fight altogether. You want to stay under the radar and not draw attention to yourself. The extent to which you strive to do this should be based on the severity of the unrest in your area. Some of the following recommendations are not necessary in an everyday grid-down scenario, but could save your life in a more extreme civil unrest scenario.

Keep all the doors and windows locked. Secure sliding doors with a metal bar. Consider installing decorative gridwork over a door with a large window so that it becomes difficult for someone to smash the glass and reach in to unlock the door.

Put dark plastic over the windows. (Heavy duty garbage bags work well.) If it’s safe to do so, go outside and check to see if any light escapes from the windows. If your home is the only one on the block that is well-lit, it is a beacon to others.

Don’t answer the door. Many home invasions start with an innocent-seeming knock at the door to gain access to your house.

Keep cooking smells to a minimum. If everyone else in the neighborhood is hungry, the meat on your grill will draw people like moths to a flame.

Remember that first responders may be tied up. If the disorder is widespread, don’t depend on a call to 911 to save you – you must be prepared to save yourself. Also keep in mind, as mentioned earlier in the article – the cops are not always your friends in these situations.

If, despite your best efforts, your property draws the attention of people with ill intent, you must be ready to defend your family.

Many preppers stockpile weapons and ammunition for just such an event. When the door of your home is breached, you can be pretty sure the people coming in are not there to make friendly conversation. Make a plan to greet them with a deterring amount of force.

Have a safe room established for children or other vulnerable family members.

Plan an escape route. If the odds are against you, devise a way to get your family to safety.


Every civil unrest scenario is different. You must make a personal plan based on your environment, your neighbors, and the type of situation that triggered the unrest. By thinking ahead, you’ve already increased your family’s chances at surviving unscathed.

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Contributed by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States.  She is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom.  Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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  • Hammerun

    Nobody wins in a all out chaotic situation. They are ramping this up just rattling our trees. If we had a OH FUCK meter, if we were at say zero, both parties want us at five they ramp it up to a ten and just before it blows up they scale it back to the five they were intending to be at from beginning. When it settles at five we all will breath a sigh of relief that we didn’t go over the edge.
    Basic negotiation tactics 101.
    They this year have already gotten record setting tax revenues. But they want more, to fund what they have in mind next. And your guess is as good as mine as to what that might be but it won’t be cheap.
    Both parties want that fucking Obamacare, there’s way to much money involved to ignore it, that one thing has a long set of legs on it.
    The ONLY one thing that will rock this back on its heels is. Us deciding not to participate is this nonsense.
    The people finally standing up and saying no no no and not playing the game would chance their tune.
    All of us are a bunch of unwitting suckers for allowing this to proceed, it will be up to us to stop it. It will keep on going till then…

  • Huh?

    This reads like a condensed re-write of Dave Hodges article posted here earlier today.
    Almost feels like plagerism…
    Try again Daisy, with something original this time.

    • Flybob

      You cite plagiarism over the potential safety of those who didn’t catch the first article? And you think Daisy has problems? For God’s sake! No wonder we’re close to disaster.

  • Jack

    Thanks Daisy, another great article. The only thing I would add is get some sleep/rest at the beginning–even if you have to force it–whilst the pandemonium is new. If you are fresh, and they are exhausted from a busy day of looting, you have the advantage. And, chuck some rubbish outside to make look as you may have already been ransacked.

  • old guy

    fence your Your Property with a fence at least 6 feet high. keep the gate locked. If A mob breaches the fence Pick out the fattest largest and shoot that trespasser in the gut or butt. Even if shot with a 22 they will start screaming and go down, that will possibly unnerve the mob and they will run away. All shots needed if the first fails should be head shots. Warning if SHTF happens Even if my place looks abandoned don’t come past my fence. Tresspassers will be shot . survivors will be shot again.

    • Facebook Page

      Fence barb wire and a fire breathing dragon and all will be good.

  • rossco peco

    Prep all you want when a Drone drops a bomb on you its over.

    This article is ridiculous.

    Stay home….corner your self like a rat in barn.

    Or…Go straight for the fields.

  • Tom T

    They don’t have enough drones to hit every house That they would need to hit. The big cities are where they will concentrate their efforts as they will quickly turn into war zones when 50 million food stamp recipients get cut off. For the last five years they have been fed propaganda that if anything bad happens to them or the government teat slips out of their mouth, it’s the republicans, conservatives and libertarians that are to blame for it. It will civil war not between compass points but in the streets of every major city in the country. Country folks will head to the woods and do what they do best… Go hunting.

  • The realist

    Nothing is going to happen.. All fear porn.. The 1% needs its 99% to keep working to continue making $.. No pimp ever slaughters its hoes!!

    Go out and enjoy life.. It’s very short.. Even shorter if you all fear the sky is about to cave in at any given moment!! And Up and till today’s date it hasn’t!!

    Only god can pull the rug out from under all our feet and turn out the lights.. And if you look at the world on a map.. It’s A BIG MF PLACE!

    go hug your kids.. Enjoy what god NOT man has given us!!

    • Sawbuck Steve

      What god has given us? Like typhoid, malaria, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, ebola, v.d., the plague, cancer, and… well, why go on? There is so very, very much to thank god for.

  • Rick

    This article is just pointless, they just raised the debt ceiling again and you idea of civil unrest will have to be put on hold.
    If there is a SHTF scenario brewing I would keep an eye on a few events that are in the works to which I believe could bring civil unrest:

    Fukushima Nuclear Plant- In less than two months, Tepco plans to try to remove the cooling rods. 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima and yes that huge will cloud of radiation will head right for USA so pray that doesn’t happen.

    Grid Ex II “simulated” blackout drill scheduled to begin on November 13th. Not sure what to expect here but keep an eye on this one regardless, Its good to prepare for such things but you can’t help but wonder.

    FEMA Region III theres just too much to list here if you are curious be prepared to have your mind blown with details than do your own research there are many Youtube videos that show people trying to videotape these training exercises. To put it bluntly our government is preparing for something huge and using Russian Troops. This are all preconditions for a total war state.

  • BigB

    Great refreshment article Daisy. Thanks.


  • Apex predator

    i think rick is right on target,no power will throw us all back 100+ years easy. keep up on water and food thats how they will seek to control you as well its easy to quell a city for them,cut power+cut water stop food shipments=control of you and yours

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  • Sarah Bauer

    I’m basically f*cked sideways with a cactus then. I’m in college, so any unrest will happen pretty much right on my doorstep. I don’t have my car on campus, and I’m kind of in the middle of nowhere and hours from home.