The current political climate could likely bring some of the most treacherous and dangerous events in our history. I received several inquiries about surviving and preparing for worst case scenarios.
In some ways, it is similar to preparing for natural disasters. If you are concerned about potential unrest and riots in your area, you should plan for your loved ones protection.
I would be especially concerned if I lived in a Democratic controlled city (where police departments have been ostracized and defunded).
Worse case scenarios could be civil war type actions, with losses of power and communication.
Too many reliable sources are warning “be ready for total internet and news manipulation, or no communication at all,” “do not trust mainstream media,” and “how will you keep warm in winter if utilities and energy is not available?”
If rioters choose to move into the suburbs of conservative areas, it’s a high probability they’ll be met with return fire in some capacity. But just as certain will be the rioters ability to harm infrastructure: electricity, cable lines, loot grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, malls—anything to wreak havoc and stoke fear.
I’ve gathered information from various Patriots, “Preppers,” and Survivalists and summarized how one could be prepared in the event of civil unrest.
1.) Every Day Carry
No matter where you are, there are certain things that you should keep with you at all times. Most people in the prepper community call these “Every Day Carry” or EDC for short. There is a litany of items that are both necessary and helpful to have on your person or within arms reach. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s worth looking up.
2.) A Prepared Vehicle
No matter whether you are home or you are out, you need a prepared vehicle. We have a full tank of gas and I had tires checked out by Discount Tire today. I also have extra oil and fluids available.
Keep a checklist in your home and on your phone, so you know which things you should be taking with you and checking to see if they need to be replenished.
3.) Bug Out Bag
Every member of your family should have a backpack designated ONLY as a Bug Out Bag. We keep ours readily available.
We have extra clothes bags ready and swap the contents out twice a year with season/weather appropriate clothing. Besides two changes of clothing, each of us has a stocked toiletry bag, first aid kit and a poncho. We also have miscellaneous items such as lights, batteries, crank up-solar powered radio, glow sticks, clothes line, etc.
Keep your medical supplies and prescription medicines topped off at all times. Don’t be down to your last 2 pills of prescription medicine at anytime. I have built up my stash of prescription medicines for a least an extra month.
4.) Food and Water
We don’t carry food in our Bug Out Bags, but we keep a shorter tote with 72 hours worth of food. If we need to ever leave quickly, it is easily grabbed. We also keep bottled water that we can easily grab.
Whether your protection takes the form of Mace or a gun or a knife, you NEED a way to protect yourself and your family. Know what the laws are in your area. They can even vary within each state, so make sure you check.
What If You Can’t Get Out?
What if a riot comes to you and you can’t get out?
6.) You can start by fortifying your home now.
This is worth more self research, but my quick list is a barking dog, a television on when you’re away, a closed circuit TV, minimal shrubbery for enemy/burglar hiding, motion detector lights, a solid front door with dead bolts, and closing your blinds. Our premises has a gate and chained lock to encourage potential intruders to go elsewhere.
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.