The world outside your home or bunker can be a dangerous one, not least from desperate individuals or mobs that are looking to take advantage of the situation or simply prepared to do anything to survive.
Riots can be precipitated by several different factors, from sporting events to political protests. Not so long ago there were massive protests all around the country after the grand jury decisions of the Michael Brown and Eric Gardner cases. In these cases, some of the protests escalated to the point where special police units were called in.
In general when riots take place, major stores and wealthy-looking houses are typically targeted by looters and criminals, so avoid such locations during times of civil disturbances.
Stop and Search
During a disaster, be prepared to encounter law enforcement and security services conduction stop-and-search operations. Emotions can be running high at this time, so ensure that yu comply with all the orders given to you, especially if searches are armed. In certain disaster situations, if you have the necessary supplies, it might be safer to stay at home.
Civil emergencies are often accompanied by anti-social behavior, particularly looting. Steer clear from looting gangs, as they might be targeted by an aggressive response from law enforcement or military agencies.
When military forces are deployed to the streets during a general crisis or a specific emergency, their rules of engagement can range from stop-and-search to shoot-on-sight. Obey any curfew in place, and don’t carry a firearm or weapon in open sight of military units as this may prompt them into immediate armed response.
When the military drops by, hide your contempt. This may go against the grain, but the survival of you and your family is your number one priority. Ask a few questions but not too many. You need to be the grey man, totally unmemorable. Nothing you say or do, nothing about the way you look should make you memorable.
Urban threats are generally more devastating due to the compound effect it has on a large population. First the devastation of the main triggering event of the emergency like natural disasters or phenomena (Earthquakes, Hurricanes), then the effect the event has on supplies and services (lack of supplies at stores, no power or water) , then the reaction by opportunistic or desperate individuals(Looting & stealing), you can see how it can easily spiral into a much larger crisis.
However extensive your preparation in a urban setting, having a plan for an emergency and ensuring your family is aware of what to do and how to respond in such scenarios can be life saving in the moment of truth.
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