Be it conspiracy theory or not, there is Internet chatter about planned riots after the election if President Obama does not win. Historically, riots have occurred during time of intense political strife, racial tension, and harsh economic conditions. In the coming days and weeks, the time is ripe for people to be angry and frustrated following the outcome of the election. Regardless of your political affiliation, everyone thinks the other candidate is going to destroy America; whether through taking away our rights or taking away our money, neither one will we tolerate. Though there is no way to predict exactly when and where civil unrest will happen, it is best to prepare just in case violent rioting breaks out in your city.
First of all, avoid areas where a riot is apt to happen. This would be downtown, around government buildings, highly populated areas, entertainment districts, or the inner-city. Pay attention to the news, not only your local television stations, but alternative news sources on the Web. Twitter feeds and Facebook usually break news before you see it on TV. People are already tweeting about wanting to riot. Posts such as these, “if every action IS met with an equal and opposite reaction ..what should workers do to employers if Romney’s elected? #Riot in the streets!!” (sic) and this “Ima start a riot I’ma start riot RT @CuzinSkeetOnHer: If Romney wins im goin on a rampage” (sic) are all over Twitter.
If things start looking ugly in your city, for example big groups of people start congregating at the park or downtown, stay inside and prepare to fortify your doors and windows. Boarding them up prevents rioters from breaking the glass. Staying inside also keeps you away from violence or possible arrest.
Not only do you want to keep food and water, but make sure you have flashlights, a way to stay warm, and alternative ways to heat up food. During the LA riots, because of fires that rioters started, the electricity and water went out. It was unsafe for crews to fix the problems, so many people went without utilities for days.
There is plenty of time for you to prepare to bug-in for a few days after the election. Building a 72-hour bug-in kit is simple and is not expensive. Riots can last days and spread throughout a city. You will want to make sure you have enough provisions that you will not need to leave your house. Stores will possibly be closed or looted. You will want to have enough food and water for your family. Stock up now. Buy one gallon of water and two cans of food per person per day. Also, if things are really bad, your city might enforce a curfew. You do not want to be stuck without important medicine or baby formula if you have an infant.
Because rioters turn over cars, loot, break windows and set fires, I highly suggest you purchase a fire extinguisher. If you already have one, now is the time to check it to make sure it is ready for use.
Even though you want to support your candidate, you may want to reconsider making it public. Putting political signs in your yard can make you a target. A Wisconsin state senator’s son got severely beaten up when he yelled at two people trying to remove his Romney/Ryan yard sign. They believe the beating was politically motivated. Read the full story here.
If it is impossible for you to bug-in, you absolutely have to be in a sensitive part of town or find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, there are a few things you can do to avoid getting hurt. Your first line of defense is to leave the area as soon as possible and get indoors. You will want to remain calm and keep your wits about you. As weird as it may sound, you will want to move with the flow of the people. Resist running away as this can draw attention to you. As you walk with the flow of the mob, scan the outlying area. Work your way towards buildings and find a side street or an alleyway that can shield you. Once you find a side street, you can find an alternative route away from the crowd to get yourself out of the area. Carry pepper spray with you at all times. If someone gets violent, pepper spray can help you defend yourself. Falling down in a mob is very dangerous and quite possibly fatal. If you fall or get pushed down, roll up into a ball and cover your head.
There is a high probability that law enforcement will shoot off tear gas or pepper spray. A cloth, or bandana soaked in vinegar or lemon juice covering your mouth and nose can help counteract the effects of these chemical agents. However, the vinegar and lemon juice do not last very long, so it is important to leave the areas as soon as possible.
Law enforcement may be overworked or sent to the violent areas. Be prepared to be on your own. It will be your responsibility to keep you and your family safe.
The Shooter’s Log includes many informative articles about bugging-in and preparing. To learn more, check out these articles:
- They Know Something We Don’t Know… What is the Government Preparing for?
- Home Defense Equipment: Is Your House Secure?
- Shelter In Place
- Survival for the Non-Survivalist