What began as a mild-mannered 2020 has transformed into a year I don't think any of us will ever forget. Whether you are in a neighborhood that has been impacted by looting and violence or not, now is a time to reflect and prepare.
CIVIL UNREST: PREPARE NOW AND KNOW THE DANGERS
Large groups can be volatile, which means civil unrest can erupt without warning. Cars are burned, businesses are looted and torched – and staying inside is probably the best option for staying safe.
Preparing for such unrest and crises is done much the same way we prepare for snow storms or hurricanes or other natural disasters. We prepare now – today – before the storm hits.
We’ve been warned time and time again that hard times are coming. We don’t know precisely in what form or when it will happen, but as sure as you’re reading these words, you’re bound to experience turbulent times, if you haven’t already. And even if you have, that doesn’t make you immune for what’s coming.
KNOW THE TWO LIKELIEST SCENARIOS
When unrest does happen, there will be two main scenarios: shelter-in-place or grab-and-go. It might not be possible to leave your city, due to any number of situations, so staying in your home might be your best option.
Scenario 1: Shelter in Place
If you do stay in, you should have at least a 72-hour supply of food and water. Food and water that will last you and your family a month or more would be even better. If you’ve been prepping for natural disasters, you should already be well on your way to remaining comfortable during a season of unrest. But just in case, here are a few things you should consider stocking up on:
1. 30-day food and water supply
This should include easy-to-make food, such as freeze-dried meals that don’t require much effort or energy. As for water, having a water filter can keep you supplied for months, and it only takes up a little bit of space on your shelf.
2. Warm clothing/blankets
This includes winter jackets, sleeping bags, gloves, warm hats, and other necessities that you would want if you were forced outside in the winter.
3. Power sources
Hopefully the power will still be on, but you never know what might happen. Make sure you have some alternate sources of power so you can charge your phone and other devices.
Again, if the power goes out, you’ll need some sort of light. Flashlights are an obvious choice, but consider getting different kinds of stationary lighting that you don’t have to hold on to.
5. And of course, toilet paper
I think this suggestion is pretty self-explanatory, but let me just say…being stuck inside your home without it could add to the unpleasantries.
If something happens that requires evacuation, you’ll want to be the first out, which means you will want to have emergency gear that is easy to pack and haul out to the car without wasting time. In case this option arises, there are some other considerations to keep in mind.
6. Your Gas Tank
Keep your gas tank as full as possible. It’s recommended that you keep it at least half full. That way, if you have to leave, you can at least hit the road and gas up somewhere else, thus avoiding long lines at the pump and the subsequent traffic jams leaving the city.
7. Car kit
This includes tools as well as emergency supplies. If your car breaks down, make sure you have something to tinker around with. Fixing that loose belt under your hood will be rather difficult with just your bare hands.
SCENARIO 2: GRAB AND GO
If you’re forced to leave your home, make sure you take as many of your emergency supplies with you as you can!
As mentioned above, make sure your food and water supplies and other emergency gear are easy to pack up so you don’t linger longer than necessary. I hope that this never has to happen to any of us, but with the way things are, you never can be certain.
If you don’t have to ever use these emergency supplies for civil unrest, however, you might still have to use them for natural disasters or even to get you by following a job loss or accident.
Being prepared for one emergency will help see you through many others. So while it’s on your mind, go on out and get a case of water during your next shopping trip. Remember, if the weatherman predicts rain, grab an umbrella.