Let’s face it, we live in uncertain times.
Climate. Race. Politics. Pandemic. The issues are numerous and far-reaching. Most of us have been touched by something bigger than our ourselves in recent months. It’s important that we think about what we can do to Be Ready on a daily basis for the uncertainties ahead.
Here are six things to do to Be Ready for civil unrest.
Groceries and Water
Just as you would if there were a natural disaster brewing, think ahead and get your shopping done early if the opportunity for civil unrest exists in your area.
Think about what you need to sustain yourself and your family for a week or more. Keep those supplies on-hand so that, if necessary, you can stay home during whatever unrest may be possible.
The government website Ready.gov recommends at least one gallon of water, per person, a day for at least 3 days. Don’t forget about your pets! They need water too.
Real life has shown us that three days is… optimistic. Here at BRED, we recommend that you plan for a minimum of five days and up to two weeks.
In times of uncertainty, supply lines can become fractured and broken. Keep your gas tank more than half full at all times. If you think things in your area may become difficult, keep your tank full.
Plan Your Route
Do you know how to find your way home by more than one route?
Civil unrest is almost certain to create traffic issues and you could find your usual route blocked. Be sure you know your way around well enough to get yourself out of potential trouble spots and safely home.
Peaceful protests can become something else very quickly. Unfortunately, we humans just love a train wreck. Curiosity is not your friend in these situations.
If you don’t have to be out during times of uncertainty, don’t be. It’s really very simple. Stay away from areas of protest. Period.
Finally, don’t advertise or draw attention to yourself. Avoid clothing, bumper stickers, etc. that take sides or offer opinions about whatever the issue of the day may be.
Some people just love to cause trouble and they watch for opportunities to do exactly that.
In times of crisis, your cell phone, and the internet, may not be the best way to stay informed.
We recommend that every family have a good quality emergency radio available in the home. If cell service and the internet, are working, the Scanner Radio app, available for both Apple and Android platforms, is a great way to monitor local emergency services.
These tips are simply a beginning. A place to start your effort to Be Ready for civil unrest. For more information about emergency planning, take a look at our FREE Emergency Planning Checklist.
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