Officials Warn: “Make Sure You Are Prepared for a Period of Disruption” Before Michael Brown Decision

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The tension near Ferguson, Missouri is nearly palpable right now, as area residents await the Grand Jury’s decision on whether to bring criminal charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown last August.

The shooting of a black teen by a white police officer was followed by riots, looting, and civil unrest that lasted for weeks.

Local officials believe that it doesn’t matter which way the verdict goes: violence will most likely erupt again.

Area schools have sent out notices, warning parents of the potential for emergency actions to be taken by the school and allowing for the possibility that some parents may opt to keep their students home.


 Photo via The Gateway Pundit

As well, a local township has sent out a letter warning residents to stock up on supplies before the decision.


Photo via The Gateway Pundit

After the previous riots, business owners are wary.

“We’re hearing some rather specific threats through law enforcement and customers coming in the store,” John Stephenson, the general manager of Metro Shooting Supplies in nearby Bridgeton, told ABC News. “I can’t take them as cast in concrete, but word is on the street they’re going to be hitting gun stores.” (source)

Are you prepared for civil unrest?

The thing about racially motivated conflicts is that the divisive emotions and actions can spread far beyond the local area. You don’t have to live in the Ferguson area to face the potential for civil unrest. Here’s a synopsis of the threats during such an event and what you can do to prepare for them. (These preparedness tips were previously published on The Organic Prepper)


In this case, there’s nothing like a good sports analogy. “The best defense is a good offense.”

When the looting began in Ferguson, nearly every store in town was ransacked. Two of them, however were not: St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio and County Guns.


Mac Slavo of SHTFplan wrote:

It turns out that when violent looters come face to face with people prepared to kill to defend their property, the looters tend to choose a ‘safer’ target.

The take-home lesson here is this: If the situation has broken down to the point that looters are running around carrying TVs down the street, you’d better make it very clear that you are NOT a victim and that you WILL fight back. There are plenty of people who have been brainwashed by the media to believe that guns are bad who will be far easier pickings for those who want to steal. Looters will select the easiest targets – not those who are clearly determined to fight back.

The best way to win a fight is to avoid getting into that fight in the first place. Secure your home and lay low, but be prepared if trouble comes to visit.

Here are some tips to make your home less of a target:

  • Keep all the doors and windows locked. Secure sliding doors with a metal bar. Consider installing decorative grid-work 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.
  • Keep the curtains closed. There’s no need for people walking past to be able to see what you have or to do reconnaissance on how many people are present.
  • Don’t answer the door. Many home invasions start with an innocent-seeming knock at the door to gain access to your house.
  • Keep pets indoors. Sometimes criminals use an animal in distress to get a homeowner to open the door for them. Sometimes people are just mean and hurt animals for “fun”. Either way, it’s safer for your furry friends to be inside with you.

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

  • Don’t rely on 911. If the disorder is widespread, don’t depend on a call to 911 to save you – you must be prepared to save yourself. First responders may be tied up, and in some cases, the cops are not always your friends. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, some officers joined in the crime sprees, and others stomped all over the 2nd Amendment and confiscated people’s legal firearms at a time when they needed them the most.
  • Be armed and know how to use your weapon of choice. When the door of your home is breached, you can be pretty sure the people coming in are not there to make friendly conversation over a nice cup of tea. Make a plan to greet them with a deterring amount of force. Whatever your choice of weapon, practice, practice, practice. A weapon you don’t know how to use is more dangerous than having no weapon at all. Here’s some advice from someone who knows a lot more about weapons than I do.
  • Have a safe room established for children or other vulnerable family members. If the worst happens and your home is breached, you need to have a room into which family members can escape. This room needs to have a heavy exterior door instead of a regular hollow core interior door. There should be communications devices in the room so that the person can call for help, as well as a reliable weapon to be used in the event that the safe room is breached. The family members should be instructed not to come out of that room FOR ANY REASON until you give them the all clear or help has arrived. (Learn how to create a safe room in your home or apartment.)
  • Plan an escape route. If the odds are against you, devise a way to get your family to safety. Your property is not worth your life.

It’s very important to make a defense plan well before you need one.

Violence for the sake of violence

Not every criminal frolicking through a WROL zone is there to steal. Some people want to hurt people just for the rush of power it gives them.

There is no pacifist answer to an encounter like this. If someone wants to do harm because they find it enjoyable, or because they are swept up in a mob mentality, you have to meet force with greater force.

In these situations, firearms are the great equalizer.

I can’t repeat this enough: you must practice. Frequently. If you don’t know how to use a firearm, you shouldn’t have it. When you handle your weapon awkwardly, it’s very obvious to a person who is trying to intimidate you. Likewise, if you are so comfortable with your weapon that it looks like a natural extension of your arm, that is also very clear. It sends a message that you mean business and that you know what you’re doing. No one wants to get shot. Most thugs will search for an easier target.

Of course, it’s better still to avoid these encounters. When your city is under siege, it’s far safer to stay home. Don’t go to work or send the kids to school. Wait until normalcy returns to go about your business. It isn’t worth risking your life.

Destruction of property

Of enormous concern in these situations is the destruction of property.

For some, vandalizing and destroying property is the order of the day. Often, times of civil unrest give people of a certain mentality the excuse they need to seek vengeance against those who have “more” than they do. Tensions erupt between the “haves” and the “have-nots”. When this occurs, often destruction of property is the way these people choose to show their “power”.

While this starts out as purely a property crime, the situation can quickly turn violent. If someone is outside bashing the headlights of your vehicle, it isn’t a far stretch to think that they’ll bash on you if you confront them.

How to respond to this is a very individual decision, and depends to a great extent on your personal skill levels and confidence.

If you are a person who is unaccustomed to physical confrontations, you may be better off staying inside and calling your insurance company after the fact. No possession is worth your life or the lives of your family.

Alternatively, in some situations, it won’t stop with the destruction of your property. You may have to defend your home. Fire is of enormous concern in these types of scenarios. Fire is a cowardly attack that doesn’t require any interaction on the part of the arsonist. It flushes out the family inside, leaving you vulnerable to physical assaults.

Running out of supplies

The most preventable issue in the event of civil unrest is running out of supplies.

If you have to “run out to the store” that makes it far more likely that you will become the victim of a crime. The best advice I can give in all of this is to STAY HOME. But if you have no food and water, it’s difficult to do so.

Many residents of Ferguson are facing exactly this problem. They are “stuck” at home and have run out of groceries.

Keith Griffin II, publisher of DELUX Magazine, set up a table near gas pump 6 at the QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue, where he is distributing free pizza, chips, fresh fruit and bottled water to protesters and area residents.

Griffin, 37, said he grew up in the area and he’s concerned about the welfare of local residents.

He’s also putting together care packages to people who are stuck because of the protests and curfew, he said. (source: St. Louis Times)

So, after only ONE WEEK, people are running out of food or discovering there is a necessity that they don’t have on hand.


I can’t imagine not having enough supplies to withstand a siege of only a week. The way this is snowballing, the situation could easily last for a lot longer than just a week. Even if you think prepping is silly and paranoid, how could anyone watching this unfold not feel as though they need to be stocked up for at least a month? Ferguson is not a bad neighborhood in New York City. It’s a little suburb of just over 20,000 people. If this can happen in Ferguson, Missouri, it can happen where you are, and it can happen without any warning at all.

Here is a general list of supplies to have on hand. Remember that sometimes power supplies are lost during situations like this. Occasionally officials do this to gain more control over the populace and sometimes it happens as a side-effect of the wholesale destruction by the rioters. Keep the potential for a down-grid situation in mind when preparing.

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Necessary prescription medications
  • well stocked pantry – you need at least a one-month supply of food for the entire family, including pets
  • An off grid cooking method (We have charcoal barbecue, an outdoor burner, and a woodstove inside)
  • Or food that requires no cooking
  • tactical quality first aid kit
  • Lighting in the event of a power outage
  • Sanitation supplies (in the event that the municipal water system is unusable, 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
  • A diverse survival guide and a first aid manual(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

Martial law

It seems that right now in Ferguson, the US Constitution has been suspended. The National Guard has been called in to help police restore order. Like I said above, this is not an article about the constitutionality (or lack thereof) of what is going on down there, nor is it about police brutality or racial tensions. This article focuses on surviving the situation should such an event occur in your town.

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The reality is this:

While many of the officers involved most likely just want to resolve the situation and go home to their families, the methods being used are not methods most of us wish to encounter.

In a highly charged situation like this, police and military are trained to use the most efficient methods to speedily shut down a conflict. These methods can include tear gas, sound cannons, and outright physical assaults on citizens. It’s important to note that fear can be a powerful motivator when deciding how much force is appropriate when addressing a threat. Cops are just as subject to fear as the rest of us. 20 cops with shields and batons would be quite reasonable to fear an angry mob of hundreds of shouting people.

Your safety when interacting with officials during a martial law situation does not rely on the intentions of police officers and military. It really doesn’t matter if they are trying to crush your rights under a jack-booted heel, or whether they are trying to benevolently keep people safe and re-establish peace and harmony.

Here are some suggestions to help keep you safe when dealing with cops and soldiers.

  • Avoid crowds. If you are in the midst of a crowd, you’ll be considered part of the crowd and treated exactly like everyone else in that group. If they get tear-gassed, so will you. It’s guilt by association. If the crowd is violent, and you are part of the crowd, you will also be considered violent, and you’ll be dealt with accordingly. Legally, you are actually guilty if you are part of a group that is violent. GO HOME.
  • Be polite. If you have to interact with officers, be courteous. You won’t restore the Constitution by arguing with them or threatening them. It’s fine to assert your rights – you don’t have to allow them to search your house without cause, for example, but do so civilly. Belligerence will get you nothing but a beat-down.
  • You don’t get to explain. In a highly charged situation, the cops probably aren’t going to listen to you when you try to explain that you’re just taking that baseball bat in your hand over to your nephew’s house so he can hit some balls in the backyard. No matter how innocent your intentions are, if you’re walking like a duck, you’re going to be treated like a duck. Training will kick in, and perceived threats will be immediately neutralized by whatever means the cops find necessary.
  • Stay home. It really isn’t worth risking your physical safety to go see what’s going on.

Underneath the uniform, cops are human. I’m not justifying the brutality, the methods they’re using, or the assaults on journalists. Cops are just as likely to be swept up in a herd mentality as thugs are during a high stress situation. By understanding this, you can be better prepared.

Just stay home.

I really can’t repeat that often enough. It’s the number one way to keep yourself safer from every single threat mentioned in this article. If you find yourself in an area under siege, the odds will be further on your side for every interaction in which you avoid taking part.

Every single time you leave the house, you increase your chances of an unpleasant encounter. Nothing will be accomplished by going out during a chaotic situation.

And for the love of all that’s holy, don’t go to a protest and take your children, even if it’s supposed to be peaceful.

Residents, many with children in tow, had turned out for what began as a peaceful protest Sunday evening seeking justice for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot six times by a police officer who allegedly stopped Brown for blocking a residential street.

The protesters marched toward a police command center set up in a shopping mall parking lot when heavily armed law enforcement fired on the crowd using tear gas and rubber bullets. An MSNBC reporter witnessed children suffering the effects of the gas, including two young African-American girls – one dressed in a pink tank top coughing as she struggled to push the shirt up over her mouth and nose while a woman rushed her from the scene. (source)

I can’t even wrap my brain around thinking THAT was a good idea.




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  • John_Smith12345

    Rather than relying on the police to “save” us, there are better options like organizing local defenses. We all know that on the list of priorities for the government, the protection of your family or your business is not high on their “critical infrastructure” list. Last Minute Survival is organizing a nation wide civilian response force to help out like minded neighbors in need like the 70 year old veteran or the woman that started a coffee shop on the corner. If we can’t or won’t pitch in to help innocent people and their businesses as a community, we might as well hang things up as a society. Let’s face it, if a mob targets your business, having more men in the fight is going to be a huge help no matter how well you think you are prepared. Last Minute Survival has a call out right now for volunteers to help businesses in and around Ferguson as well as other major cities in the event of riots spreading or future disasters. Perhaps we could care less if Ferguson burns to the ground, but there are good people there just like every town and city. Your town or city might just be next. Check it out at If nothing else, it helps like minded folks get organized before things really fall apart.

    • 191145

      ” Your town or city “, I predict if the officer isn’t prosecuted, not only in Ferguson, you will see NATION WIDE RIOTS ! A perfect storm for Obama to declare martial law is brewing ! Connecuits AG lawler, is prepairing to go door to door confiscating firearms not registered by the deadline, and using gun permits to cross reference owners ! A perfect time for lawler to do this is when, and if Ferguson blows up ! Keep your eyes open and your powder dry and very handy !

      • Watchman on the Wall

        Martial law is the goal, but not for the reason most people think. The reason is that in two short years, the brown dwarf star Wormwood comes back for a near fly by of earth and the global elites intend to go hide in their Deep Underground Military Base (DUMB) bunkers while the rest of us are confined to our homes under martial law.

        Read Revelation 6:15-17 and be prepared to get VERY angry at every last one of our psychopath leaders!

  • Honey badger

    I hear they are going to bump up the security at shoe stores. #1 target…. Jordan’s

  • Sir TuberKopf

    An N-100 mask could save the life of someone with asthma in your family. These masks dry you out, keep them hydrated. Have extra filters on hand.

    People in Ferguson have first hand experience with tear gas, N-100 masks are a must.

    Hurricane window film will stop high velocity projectiles, it may not stop bullets, but it can stop police tear gas rounds that can burn your house to the ground with you in it.

    Consider at least a couple strategically located TV cameras where you can see outside without being seen, even if you need to use that old Video camera sitting unused in your closet. An array of infrared lights can help the camera see in the dark undetected.

  • Joe Lizak

    Basically this is it ! This is the beginning of the race war. It will start in Ferguson and spread instantly around the country to places like Atlanta, Detroit, Birmingham and Chicago. Luckily I live where only 10% of the population is colored and the cops are cool. If you’re a man then you should be prepared at all times. Not only for occasions like this upcoming riots but all the time. We have been warned about this for a long time and now the time has come. When a patriot says “keep your powder dry”….now you know what he means.

    • curenado

      You wish. Watch. The magic of free money will distract them and the revolution will be shopping at walmart. All of them. They have a fit and get paid. Way it always has been.

    • Citibank Sharpton

      When a patriot says “defend the banks, the corporations, use the race card to gatekeep for the status quo”, should we assume that guy is ISIS a Muslim or an uppity smarty-pants?

      • Watchman on the Wall

        We should know that he is a Jew who serves the devil and is the Antichrist of the end times.

        Game over. The bad guys have already lost. They just don’t know it yet. Two more years and all will become crystal clear.

    • Watchman on the Wall

      The devil and the evil Antichrist Jew who rules our world today hope for just the scenario you paint. God has other plans. God’s will is always fulfilled precisely as He intends. Just wait and see what He does.

      This was NEVER as bout the acts of man. This was ALWAYS about the might, power and glory of Almighty God. The world will soon see. Tow years and counting down to when the real fireworks begin! God has spoken, and He is more than pissed!

  • curenado

    Oh blah blah blah – they will hand out walmart cards and dye head the trash pile and her ghetto town will go shopping at walmart. Game over.

  • CharlesH

    “Local officials believe that it doesn’t matter which way the verdict goes: violence will most likely erupt again.”

    That’s a true and accurate statement. Either way – rioting will take place. This situation has grown into something that is not about what is right or what is wrong with the legal system in the Brown case. It goes beyond that. This is us vs. them. Us – being the blacks of Ferguson who rightly or wrongly perceive themselves as being put down by the “man”. Them is anyone in authority. This could very well indeed spark protests/rioting in other areas of the country.

    The ONLY thing that may minimize the rioting is the weather – if the weather turns foul then people are way less prone to be outside in the raw elements.

    • Watchman on the Wall

      American blacks have been kept on the plantation in dependence since the Great Society fraud of LBJ was put into place in America in the 1960s. LBJ was a Jew and served the interests of his Jewish Illuminati Freemason Zionist global elite masters who have aimed for decades to pit blacks against whites, who the Jews secretly despise.

      Frankly, they hate everybody, but they hate whites particularly, because we are the true genetic descendants of the 12 Hebrew tribes and they know it. Read “The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians,” by Rev. I.B. Pranaitis, “Judaism’s Strange Gods,” by Michael Hoffman, and “The Jews and Their Lies,” by Dr. Martin Luther,” all of which corroborate one another. These satanist psychopaths rule our world today and are provoking race wars in America to destabilize our society in order to take it over and impose their New World Order police state on the rest of us. Resist the devil and he will flee. That’s what this is REALLY all about!

  • Rick E.

    I’m not trying to be boastful, but I am SO GLAD that I live off of the grid in northern AZ! The nearest town/settlement is 28 miles from me, as is the nearest store.
    The nearest negro is about 63 miles away from me in Kingman. I feel relatively safe here, as I have 2 fences also-one around the 20 acres, and one around the house to contain the dogs and keep wild critters out-including people!

    • Joe Lizak

      Nice place to live. I live in the sticks too. Just far enough off the main busy road where it feels remote. Having a fence and some No Trespassing signs and a dog is the greatest. That way if someones in your yard they have no excuse. They were warned with a fence, a sign and a dog.

      • Rick E.

        I remember you saying once that you lived in the high desert of so. Cal. I used to live out there too, but moved here 12 years ago.
        You’re absolutely right about the signs and dogs! I have 3 dogs, and IF someone can get through my 2 fences, they have to deal with my dogs, then they would have to deal with ME and my weaponry.

        • Joe Lizak

          Nice …spoken like a true patriot.

    • 191145

      You have a guesthouse I could rent ? Lol !

  • runsinquicksand

    which one? There are so many!

  • James

    As the police have ordered you to stay home. Take there word for it. Under police order it is there job to feed and water you now. And they have that big armored vehicle to deliver your pizza’s in. Sound like a good idea here to me.

  • curenado

    I think it’s a substantial building block. Obama is trying to move the un, but he’s using garbage they kill, not black people. I think these pawns are disposable as “incident one…” towards building some halfwit thug justification. The thing about muslims, the un and other countries, they won’t even stomach our trash a minute. What idiots.

  • curenado

    The real problem has nothing to do with this smokescreen of idiots? What real problem do you think will be solved? Those can’t be solved which is why this….too bad in all cases.


    Having lived during the riots of Detroit I can tell you what stopped the riot. They did bring in the national guard but they were not very effective for they wouldn’t let them have bullets. When the rioters came they were met by all my neighbors with shotguns. we had loads of rock salt. They advanced thinking we wouldn’t shoot and we did. The screams that came from getting hit by the rock salt had the effect it needed for they dropped ans screamed. The others that were so brave when in a mob quickly broke up and ran. They went elsewhere that didn’t have guns. While I wasnt in the California riots we saw videos of store owners with guns protecting their stores. It worked. The path is clear arm yourselves and organize with your neighbors to present a bearer that will change their minds. Buy some rock salt! it works and there is little chance of killing someone.

  • Time to buy real estate in Missouri !!

  • 191145

    Hey, let’s take our kids out to watch and participate in the protest so they can see for themselves how it’s done ! ( sarcasm )


    The second shot contained the 00 buck.
    Back then we were all good shots.


    Only the best shot and most prepared come out of war. if I came up against these guys now I would get a good laugh. Just to watch them hold a gun. I am amazed they dont shoot themselves first. Just dumb luck I guess. It only took one shot of rock salt in 67 to make them scatter like cockroaches.

  • Barry Hirsh

    So, what’s the holdup?

    Announce it, already.

    We’re locked and loaded, so bring it on.

  • Watchman on the Wall

    It’s about the Hegelian dialectic being played out endlessly: thesis v. antithesis leads to synthesis in which the global police state gains one more step toward total martial law, justified by a conflict that the government provoked. This is about BOTH race and class warfare: anything to justify the use of martial law to enhance the New World Order police state’s power and control.

    It’s time to wake up to reality and the hard truth: American and the world has been hijacked by a satanic cult of Jewish Illuminati Freemason Zionist global elite conspiracists and their wicked and depraved satanic secret societies. Once you figure out that the Talmud-believing and following Jew is the Antichrist of the end times, all become quite clear. Until you do, it our world remains a muddled mess of confusion and madness.

  • Watchman on the Wall

    OK, I will do it: it’s the Jew stupid. The Antichrist Jew is the one behind this class and race warfare which the Jew has fomented and provoked for just this purpose.

    We are at the end. The Jew is the Antichrist of the end times. In two short years, all hell will break loose and there will be no stopping it. God says so.

  • Watchman on the Wall

    Before all this erupts in Armageddon, Yahushua (Jesus) will return in less than two short years. Man, will most of the world be surprised when He does, and boy is He pissed!!!! The world ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Wrath and eternal justice is on its way!