How to prepare for and survive civil unrest

Learn how to prepare ahead of time, what to do if you end up in civil unrest, and what gear to take if you protest.

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  • Comments (12)

    • 6

      “They can take your fingerprints without a warrant, but not force you to recite something from memory.” Can the police forcibly (and still legally) make you use your fingerprint to open your phone?

    • 7

      In street medic world, 2 tsp salt per litre of water makes an excellent wash. It is slightly more salt than a “normal saline” solution but this helps to draw chemicals out of the skin cells but not so much that it will burn eyes.

      When washing, you have to be careful to not wash the chemicals onto other skin such as off your face but down your shirt. That isn’t much of an improvement.

      Also – people react very differently to different agents. It’s important to monitor anyone who is injured for respiratory complications. Just being around the ambient explosives can set off an asthma-like attack. Respiratory irritants, by design, cause breathing problems and they can be severe.

    • 7

      Just a thought, anyone who may be at or near a protest may want to invest in some type of genitalia protection, athletic cup etc., along with any other preps you’re taking.

    • 4

      What about armed militias challenging the authority of the state, local and federal authorities?

    • 4

      Politics aside I can’t imagine how any sane prepper would walk into a situation where violence and chaos are de rigoir. Aren’t we supposed to be avoiding trouble?  All those carefully selected preps aren’t worth a damn if your face is caved in by a police baton. 

    • 2

      I just across this Global Protest Tracker and thought it relevant. Don’t know how practically useful it is because if there’s a protest brewing in your city you’d probably already know, but hey, still a cool tool that shows how much protesting there is in the world. https://carnegieendowment.org/publications/interactive/protest-tracker

    • 3

      I would like to ask and clarify a point from the Kit in this article – it mentions “Full-face gas mask or respirator and googles”. The word “goggles” here must mean some type of safety-rated, fuller or wider model specifically meant for physical protection, correct? And definitely not, say, swim goggles.

      I have read several reports of bad accidents where someone sustained an eye injury wearing swimming style goggles – where all of the pressure from a blow is concentrated in a small area of the eye. e.g. they are flat-out not allowed during sports such as water polo, due to potential impact on the eye – https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/water-polo-for-dummies-faq-explained/

      Just thought I would leave a note so no one tries to use that type of goggles. When I read the word “goggles”, my first thought is swimwear. What do you think about updating the wording to say “safety goggles”?

      • 2

        Thank you for the research and recommendation, we have gone ahead and added the word ‘safety’ to the googles recommendation in the kit.

        Here’s a forum post you might find interesting with some safety goggle recommendations: Safety Goggles for Protesting

    • 1

      Saw this infographic on how to protest safely.