Preparedness Items For Social Unrest


There are many survival preparedness items that you can store now, to be used later, or to be carried with you for preparedness sake, as insurance for varying degrees of an emergency. The following are suggested items that you can store and have ready for…

Social Unrest, Social Upheaval, Social Chaos, Riots

Before determining what are the best survival preparedness items, or preps, to have during a time of social unrest, first consider the scenarios and ask yourself several questions…


Where will you be when this happens?
At home
At work
In your vehicle
Walking in a public place
Traveling on a business trip or vacation

What will be your support group around you?
You are alone
You are with someone, a friend, a relative
You are with a larger group (less likely)

How long might the social unrest last?
An hour or a few hours
One day, or a few days
One week with sporadic outbreaks
It looks like it could last some time due to a major breakdown (worst case scenario)


Each set of question and answers will alter the priority of preparedness items that you may wish to have close by or on your person.

A more difficult scenario to prepare for is one where you are alone, out in public with only whatever you have on your person. Whereas planning or preparing for social unrest while you are at home is not much different than ordinary preparations, although with an emphasis on security.

The key to any social unrest, upheaval, chaos, or rioting situation is one thing… AVOID IT.
I cannot emphasize this enough. Unfortunately humans are sometimes drawn in with a high curiosity factor, the same curiosity when slowing down on the road to look at an accident – hoping to see ‘something’.


What should I do if I am being suddenly caught up on the street in a flash mob or chaotic situation? Immediately become inconspicuous. Blend in and find a way out. Avoid eye contact with others and search for an exit. If everyone is running, then trot with them and escape at an angle away from their direction. If everyone is milling about, then mill about yourself with a purposeful direction of exit. You get the idea… Blend in, but get out.

Could social unrest really happen near me? You betcha. Especially if you live in a moderate to high population density region (which most people do). Social unrest could be triggered by many number of things, not the least of which is our rapidly degrading economic condition (in many areas around the globe). High unemployment, especially with the younger folks, foster feelings of restlessness, a lack of purpose or worth, and many other negative emotions. People can and will resort to violence when they become desperate. More and more are being ‘brought up’ and raised without values or discipline – leading to further degenerative behavior. Gangs – thuggery – and even organized violence.


Unfortunately I am convinced that we cannot avoid a period of time, perhaps quite a long time, until this situation may (or may not) reverse itself. For America, I believe that until things hit rock bottom (like the depression years), not until then will a majority of citizens change their ways and resort to frugality, discipline, and a new way of life raising more responsible citizens. Until then, buckle in and buckle up… it’s going to be a long and bumpy ride. Be prepared.


So, after all that, what are the best preparedness items for social unrest, upheaval, or chaos??
Here are a few ideas.

When thinking of this situation, what first comes to mind are preparedness items having to do with security or items to help immediately get you out.


Be physically fit (start now)

Learn some defensive fighting techniques (It will also build confidence)

Pepper Spray (while it’s still ‘legal’ – although some places it is not)

Firearm (a last resort life-threatening confrontation, where legal of course)

Learn how to use conventional items as weapons

Baseball bat in the house and/or vehicle (not every scenario requires a firearm)

A golf ‘5-Iron’ may be handy if required…

Keep your vehicle gas tank near full rather than near empty

Keep a 72-hour survival kit in your vehicle (72-hour-kit)

Wear clothes that blend in or have a change of these clothes in your vehicle

Wearing sunglasses helps to look around for escape without being obvious

Walking shoes or ‘sneakers’ in your vehicle or at work

GPS navigation, especially helpful outside of your familiar region


Other items to consider will be those that will help you should a region undergo a longer period of unrest, a time when it will not be safe to go out looking for a store to purchase food or supplies. So rather than list those items, use your common sense and store some extra food and the consumable supplies that you go through on a weekly basis.

In summary, first try and avoid getting into a geographical location where social unrest may happen, either by accident or on purpose. Second, be prepared to get out. Physical fitness may help considerably depending on the situation. You may have to walk for quite a way, or worse, you may have to defend yourself physically. Third, plan preparedness for your home – in case of a long period of trouble.


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  1. That’s yet another interesting way to look at preparedness. I would add additional handheld weapons such as a Kubotan or retractable baton or even a stun gun as items that can be carried on your person. I would also suggest that, while blending in is certainly advocated, you may need to be willing to take it to another level such as yelling and generally looking angry if the situation calls for it. Then, as best you can, make your way out of there ASAP.

    1. I happen to have both the items that you recommend, and either would be a good choice. Taking it to the level of the chaos that is around you, as you also point out, is also an interesting recommendation, and may be the best idea if absolutely everyone else around you is doing the same – while making your way out.

  2. Carry some cash. Not a lot, again not to be conspicuous. But enough change so you can get a drink or snack from a vending machine after walking out of the immediate danger area, or from a machine in your office building before you try to hoof it all the way home. Or tide you over while you spend the night at the office.

    Pay attention to buses and bus routes and how they are paid for. Do you need tokens? A card? A pass? Get enough to get across town. Ditto what ever other public transit is available in your town. Darn little here in Houston, most other cities are better.

    1. Also, consider carrying your cash in more than one place on your person. ‘If’ you get mugged, you can give up one pocket and they will think that’s all you have. As they say, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It is an excellent idea to carry extra cash with you anyway – just in case.

  3. Great suggestions, thank you! This (being caught in a case of civil unrest) happens to be a secret fear of mine, and your suggestions & the responses too, have helped me outline a good policy for survival.
    Thanks again!

  4. One can also carry a hammer or large screwdriver in your car and not draw attention.
    A good idea is not be be out late at night in “bad” neighborhoods!
    As far as saying things will get better, I don’t think so. I’ve seen some of these “poor” people buying groceries with 5 or 6 kids along and paying with the food card. It’s usually single women, they don’t get married to their boyfriends so can can continue to collect welfare and food “stamp” program and ADC.
    These kids grow up not knowing their fathers/stepdaddies and usually become criminals or gang members.
    Or they are “mad at the world” because they aren’t “famous and rich” like some sports figure or rapper or movie star. So they join flash mobs and rob small business owners-like some of the videos shown on TV and on other sites.
    I expect to see these flash mobs get bigger and start hitting the box retailers and box electronic stores grabbing big screen TV’s and stereos and whatever else they want.
    On TV today, and in the news , the other big thing is to go into pet shops and pick out the dog you like and steal it! They said some want a dog but can’t afford it, or want to make some money and sell it at the flea market or give it as a gift to somebody. Amazing!?
    See what I mean that it’s only going to get worst?
    Same thing about jewelry. Thieves will steal a big car or pickup, crash it into a jewelry store and then run inside and steal jewelry and jump into their get away car and drive off!
    Best thing to do, is to get some type of survival retreat out in the country away from major metropolitan areas.

  5. This topic looks to become a very relevant one as Schumer, a top Democrat in congress, has publicly threatened Supreme Court justices with physical assault, and not one single Democrat has rebuked him but have rather double-downed on those threats. THE DEMOCRAT LEADERS ARE GIVING A GO-AHEAD FOR PHYSICAL VIOLENCE!!
    Take heed.

    1. Sad to say your Correct Chevy. Also did you see that Colorado Democrat (I forget the name called the AOC of CO) who tweeted “Solidarity if you get CORVIN 19 GO TO Trump events to infect Trump supporters” When confronted by fellow Republicans would NOT Apologize and made feeble excuses like “Why are you so riled up about a 4 day old Tweet?”.

      Trump Derangement Disorder is a Clear and Present Danger to our Republic.

      ALSO Look to SEE if Antifa and the Bernie Bro’s actions when the Democratic National Committee screws Bernie out of his nomination again. Bernie Bro’s are on video tape saying “Milwaukee will BURN if Bernie is screwed over again”.

      Hot heads being Mouthy or real deal Jr. Communists ready to take action?

      IF Antifa is really just the PAID for Brown Shirts of the Democratic Party they will STAND DOWN if Bernie is screwed again. Will be interesting.

      1. Did you see Bernie Brown Shirts attack Biden on stage? I can see the Milwaukee convention being a wild one.

  6. Can you write something about the race war the owned media is trying to start? We never had an issue with other races and my spouse was at a campground and a ball rolled near him and he went to toss it back and a little girl yelled “Don’t you touch my ball! You’re the devil!” We were shocked that such hate came from a little girl. They must be teaching them that all whites are evil or they’re angry over all these cops killing people. When are the American people going to demand an end to police brutality/ murder?

    1. Becca,

      Sounds as if you have bought into the media narrative….

      I doubt you know, but between 2005-2020, fifteen years, 42 police officers have been indicted for murder…of those 5 were found guilty of murder… 11 were found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter…26 found not guilty….or, in other words, on average, 1.067 police deadly shootings/incidents each year where the death was found not justified….this with somewhere between 850-900,000 police officers, in a country of around 330,000,000 people

      Even a desperate Anthony Fauci would not see this as a pandemic….but…you’re correct…the media sells it…some people buy it…some are bright enough to see through it…..

    2. Becca, It’s called critical race theory. has been in schools for a couple of decades teaching the whites they must give preference to the ones of every other race because their skin in white.. they divide up the classroom and teach all but whites they have been oppressed and the white color palate is entirely horrid. They do not address that Every set of immigrants that came here was treated horribly for a time.Many of the Irish came over as indentured servants, they were put on the most dangerous jobs because a person of color would bring more money. Germans were very stout , and they were often given very difficult tasks… many were worked worse than the slaves in building railroad, no one looked out after them because when one was not able to continue another was available….and they had no/little re-sale value.

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