TraceContributor - June 19, 2020
“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?
The Prepared - June 21, 2020
It’s one of those things that wasn’t clear in law because of new tech being a mismatch with existing law. For a while, cops/TSA/etc were using peoples fingerprints to open up their devices: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/05/iphone-fingerprint-search-warrant/480861/
Some recent cases have started to set precedent saying no, they can’t: https://www.pcmag.com/news/court-cops-cant-force-you-to-unlock-a-phone-with-biometrics
But it’s one of those things where, given it’s still on shaky legal ground and the normal rules might not be followed during unrest, I thought it was still something worth pointing out.
Apple and others have some shortcuts you can memorize to temporarily disable FaceID etc, such as when you’re handing your phone over to law enforcement: https://www.macworld.com/article/3236793/how-to-quickly-and-discreetly-disable-face-id-on-the-iphone-x.html
TraceContributor - June 21, 2020
That quick disable is very cool. Be sure and have your emergency info updated there and it could be a lifesaver.
phiguru - June 21, 2020
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.
Jeremiah Johnson - June 30, 2020
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.
The Avenger - July 10, 2020
What about armed militias challenging the authority of the state, local and federal authorities?
más picante - August 18, 2020
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.
Carlotta SusannaStaff - January 14, 2022
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
brownfox-ffContributor - May 3, 2022
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”?
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