No matter the reason for crisis, the concepts for survival remain the same. And though we are not yet forced to live in terms of day-to-day survival as a result of a real imminent danger, widespread civil unrest is a plausible threat if societal and natural forces continue to push the masses past their breaking point.
Should a crisis occur, you must immediately be prepared to provide four basic provisions: water, food, medical supplies and the general shelter and security needs for yourself, your family and your survival party when they are unavailable from their typical suppliers.
Food and water. Your body needs these to survive. Food and water are your top priority, and securing anything else without them will be a futile exercise.
Shelter. If the incident you face occurs during a harsh winter blizzard, hurricane, tornado or other severe weather condition, shelter becomes a heightened necessity. You may be forced to remain mobile in a survival scenario, which will require you to become familiar with shelter-building techniques.
Medical supplies. Injuries, both minor and life threatening, are more likely in survival situations. Those requiring prescription medications for daily well-being should be prepared with extra quantities in ready-to-go locations.
Security. Protection of yourself, your family and friends and your supplies are of utmost importance to ensure survival. Civil unrest will bring about unruly mobs intent on taking what you have, and you must be prepared to protect what is yours. A large part of this book will focus on this often-missing component from many government-issued preparedness guides: defending yourself, your home and your supplies using multiple conventional and non-conventional methods.
Who You Gonna Call?
During a widespread emergency, especially if caused by a natural disaster, you must be prepared to go without many things that are taken for granted on a daily basis. The police and military may not be able to respond for any number of reasons, including their own need to keep themselves and their families safe. This is if you can even reach a telephone or find cell service to call for help. Be prepared to go without the basic amenities in a “stuff” hits the fan (SHTF) scenario:
- Medical facilities
- Communications (e.g., cell phone grids, landlines)
- Natural gas and fuel
- Groceries and hardware
- First Response units
- Public safety
When access to these things becomes limited or cut off, you must take measures into your own hands to protect and provide for yourself and your family. The majority of people will lose their moral compass in the event of a total societal breakdown, which will require you to ask yourself what you are prepared to do to ensure your survival versus theirs. Your neighbors and friends will feed off their own primal survival instincts to keep themselves alive, further complicating the steps you must take.
Keeping It in the Family
Survivalists prepare themselves in self-defense under the assumption that the police and military may not be there to provide protection. Not to mention that should there be an outbreak of civil disorder, you will be the minority as a law-abiding citizen, and you will ultimately be on your own to protect yourself. This means you will need as much support as you can muster to ensure your survival, including but not limited to involving your family in your home preps and self-defense training. As the cliché goes, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” and your family or group is only as strong as its youngest or poorly trained member.
You will want to have as many strategic advantages as your finances, property and physical abilities allow. But a larger family means more mouths to feed and more lives to protect—just as a larger property or home will require more fortification, supplies, weapons and guards to keep defended. However, having a larger family or group on your side also decreases the amount of work that falls on your shoulders to keep everything in order and protected.
The issue remains controversial as to how old a child should be before they can handle a weapon and begin learning about self-defense. Most agree that if a child is old enough to distinguish friend from foe and can hold a weapon proportionately sized to their body, squeeze the trigger, and manage the effects of recoil, then he or she is old enough for self-defense and should be issued a weapon (if available) during a survival crisis.
Seeing as boys as young as 14 and 15 have lined up to volunteer in defense of the U.S. since the Revolutionary War all the way up to Korea, this concept of the youth defending themselves during perilous times is not new. It’s ultimately up to you as a parent to educate your children between right and wrong and what extreme circumstances could dictate justifying extreme actions, even of violence.