Since there is continuous (and it appears increasing) talk of riots if the election does not go as some spoiled punks want it to, I thought I'd share
the suggested considerations laid out in this article
It is actually a very good list of preparation suggestions.
1. Avoid inner urban city areas if at all possible. (Of course, this means AFTER you have voted. - and P.S. Vote early. Participate in early
voting if you can and if not, then vote early on election day.)
Now, with that said, I completely disagree with the next statement made in the first suggestion:
Middle-class and upper-class suburbs will be safe, by the way. It's mostly the inner cities that are likely to riot.
I totally disagree. While the inner cities would most likely be where the riot STARTS, we have the whole "Bane" Dark Knight concept that has been
introduced into our society and I do not believe we would see just a "Watts" type riot. I believe those who exhibit the anger being shown right now
would take it to the people they are angry at. Metropolitan areas (including suburbia) should be at heightened awareness.
2. "The police will be almost instantly overwhelmed." Agreed. And while the governors of states have the ability to call up national guard, that
3. "One of the greatest risks from riots is FIRES." Agreed. And the issue with fires is that they aren't predictable and may not be controllable
(based on environmental conditions). If there is a strong wind, all bets off as to how quickly and how far the destruction could spread. Since most
punks who would be willing to participate in a destructive riot would most likely be armed, the idea that fire departments being rendered
incapacitated due to threat of being shot is a valid concern.
4. Innocent bystanders may be targets. Suffice it to say, in a riot situation where harm and destruction are the motivating goals, everyone
targetted is an innocent bystander. The article states "don't be in the wrong place at the wrong time", which to me equates back to 1.
above....avoid metropolitan, heavily populated areas, especially those with high crime rates.
5. Don't join in the riots. Well, that's a stupid statement. If you're joining in the riots you're part of the problem. I'm not talking to
you and hope you don't succeed.
6. Remove political signs from yard on election day. This is a good idea. At that point the effect of your loyalty is a moot point. People are
voting and seeing your sign on their way to vote, work, riot, isn't going to have any positive effect. (You're not going to change anyone's mind.)
You'll just be flagging yourself as a target from the opposing (bitter) side.
7. Stock up on at least 3 days of supplies. I think you should stock up on a week's worth. Depending on the damage to the infrastructure and the
response to the riots (curtailment of movement, martial law, etc.) you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least a week. Think long and
hard about where you will store your supplies. They should be INSIDE your home, to where you don't have to exit to get to them (don't put them in a
detached shed, garage, etc.) and should be in an area you can lock (with a deadbolt preferably). They should be to where someone needs to get past
you to get to them.
8. It says "stock up on pepper spray and/or bear spray". Of course, this website is a feel-good naturalist website giving these recommendations.
What that should read is BE ARMED TO DEFEND YOURSELF. The minimum arsenal for home defense should include a handgun, a shotgun (preferably pump
because it has been proven that the sound of a pump shotgun being pumped is a major determent to a would be intruder), and some type of melee weapon
(war axe, machete, tomahawk, knife, etc.) A crossbow pistol is nice for close-range defense as well (on a one shot basis). On election day make sure
your arms are loaded and in close proximity to your person at all times. Even the "feel good" sight eventually states "you need a revolver"
because you won't be able to rely on 911 to save your ass. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH AMMUNITION FOR EVERY GUN. Some ammo is very hard to
come by these days (some say by design). Go now, get your required ammo to ensure you have what you need.
9. Stay tuned. Tune into news coverage of the evolving election results on a channel that is connected with local media so that if something local
begins, you are aware of it. But I'll add to what the website states. If you don't have a police/fire scanner, then find your local law
enforcement and fire scanner frequencies here
and have them connected so that you can hear transmissions real-time.
10. Don't taunt. The website says don't be stupid enough to leave threats (or taunting) messages on twitter, facebook (here), etc. Remember, this
is the information age and you may not be as anonymous as you think you are.
That's where their suggestions/recommendations end. So let's round this out.
11. Have a bug-out bag (one for each member of your family). If your automobiles can be parked inside an enclosed, secure garage then load your
bug-out bags in the trunk/cargo space of your car. If they have to be parked out in the open, keep the bug-out bags close by you (so that people
don't break out your windows in your vehicle and steal them.) Be sure your car also has plenty of blankets, etc. in case you have to sleep in it.
12. Have a contingency plan for bugging-out. Where are you going? Will there be a support system there? Your planned route should include the
following considerations: avoid interstates - take state highways, county roads, etc. instead; if you live in a metro area plan your route to avoid
any higher risk areas; avoid having to pass through other metropolitan areas, plan "back way" routes instead....even if they are much longer.
13. On election day you should have full tanks of gas in each vehicle and you should have back up gas cans filled and ready to take with you if you
14. If you have a Radio Shack near you, you can walk in and purchase an inexpensive ProtectAmerica security system for your home. It takes a matter
of hours to install the sensors on windows and doors. I would suggest doing this on MONDAY. That way if you are asleep and someone breaks into your
home, you have something to alert you. Depending on how much you can afford, you can get window breakage sensors, smoke alarms, etc. to go with this
15. Lastly, make sure your contact lists/phone numbers are up to date on your phones/smart devices. Be sure your batteries are fully charged. If
you don't have a DC/AC charger for your car, get one on MONDAY so you can keep your phone charged when you are in your car.
Any other suggestions to this list are welcomed.