How To Defeat Tear Gas In A Riot

September 1, 2012, by Ken Jorgustin


Quick Survival Tip: How to defeat tear gas in a riot!
By Jeff Anderson

In a collapse of civil order, a riot can break out in any number of scenarios…

* A Natural disaster that causes food shortages
* Political unrest that triggers protests
* Desperate revolt at food/water distribution points
* Looting during a civil breakdown
* Etc.

Of course you can try to avoid these types of scenarios, but the reality is, you may find yourself thrust into any one of them in the strange, uncertain times we’re currently facing.

You know this to be true if you’re honest with yourself, right?

When a riot breaks out, one of the most common crowd dispersion tools used by police or military is going to be tear gas.

You’ve probably seen this dozens of times in televised mob scenes in Greece, Palestine, Syria and other areas of the world where collapse is already taking place.

And if you’ve ever been exposed to tear gas, you quickly realize why it’s so effective:

You can’t see a thing due to uncontrollable stinging in your eyes and massive tearing…

…breathing becomes complete agony and you’ll feel like you’re suffocating

…and you’ll run wildly in terror to get to breathable air as fast as possible.

It’s even worse if you’re protecting a spouse and children.

They can quickly panic and run blindly away in agony, separating them from you and putting them at the mercy of adrenaline-fueled military or police and rampaging crowds.

And make no mistake…

A stampeding mob running away from tear gas ISN’T going to politely step around you and your loved ones.

They will trample ANYTHING in the way of their desperate scramble for oxygen and they’re just as deadly as a sniper’s bullet if you fall down.

That’s why the first thing you need to do in a riot scenario is prepare yourself and those you love against tear gas so you can stay calm and escape to safety fast.

Now, the best defense against tear gas is a gas mask… but most people don’t have one on them (especially for each member of the family).

So to protect yourself and those with you, here are 3 quick tips for what to do…

1. Have a pair of tight-fitting swim goggles with you – they’re fast and easy to put on and will protect your eyes from the gas.

2. Always keep a plastic zip-lock bag with a bandana for each person and a small plastic bottle of cider vinegar handy. The vinegar can help neutralize the gas, so quickly empty the bottle in the bag and soak the bandanas in the vinegar before putting them over your nose and mouth to breathe

3. Get upwind or escape to high ground (like a hill or building roof top) – The gas stays low to the ground and high ground is more defensible if you have to fight back when things get even uglier and looting breaks out.

Now, If you think mobs and tear gas aren’t something you’ll encounter, think again.

All you have to do is watch the news to see that things are heating up and that even in small towns, violence can erupt – especially during a natural disaster when people get hungry and desperate.

Neighbors can quickly become an angry mob and there are things you should be doing NOW just in case.

But knowing how to defend against tear gas is just one of the strategies you need to master to prepare for a complete breakdown, when the $%#@ hits the fan.

For a complete guide on how to survive social chaos,
check out the Social Chaos Escape & Evasion Guide.


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