Civil unrest is happening more and more often in our country lately.
This is a sad fact of the times when people are taking drastic measures to showcase their feelings in a negative way, with very destructive rioting tactics. Violent protests are nothing new, but there has been an increase over the past few years with riots occurring in practically every state.
An organization that tracks riots across the globe, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), discovered from their data that from May-September 2021 a record number of riots occurred in just that five-month period. There were around 12,000 incidents of civil unrest as a result of the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police force in Minnesota.
Regardless of why these riots are happening, it’s a scary thought that one of these violent events could take place near your home. Obviously, you want to keep your family and neighbors as safe as possible during one of these unfortunate riots, which have the potential to destroy property, vandalize houses, damage cars, and could even result in a fatality. You don’t want to live in fear of a riot happening near your home, but it’s also a good idea to be prepared if a riot does occur.
How to Prepare
There are things you need to do to prepare your home to withstand a riot situation.
You need to make sure your house is as secure and safe as possible. This requires making a few adjustments to keep a potentially volatile group of rioters away from your home.
If you don’t have a fence around your home, now is the time to build one. Having a sturdy fence that is difficult to climb may be enough to keep rioters away from your home. Make sure it complies with local ordinances about fence height in your community, but a good fence company will be able to create a sturdy and durable enclosure for your home that is your first line of defense. The fence contractor can always attach barbed wire to the top of the fence as an extra layer of protection.
Install motion-sensor lights around various areas of your house. Make sure they are bright and cover large areas. Lights are a great deterrent to potential looters who want to rob your house during an active riot event.
If you don’t already have a security system, it’s time to install one. That way, if something does happen on your property, law enforcement will be alerted right away.
Finally, make sure that all the doors and windows on your property can be locked securely with materials that are strong and reinforced. Make sure there aren’t any gaps around your property, or weak spots, that someone could see and take advantage of. Having your home prepared with all of these riot deterrents is going to keep you safer during an occurrence.
What to Do During a Riot
If a riot does happen, and you are home at the time with your family, it’s important to have a plan in place about what to do. If you have a car in the driveway, it’s best to move it into a locked garage. Make sure everything is secured tight and stay away from windows.
You also need to have quick access to your home collection of defense firearms with a biometric safe that you can go to fast, if needed. That’s a worst-case scenario, if rioters enter your home.
It’s also important to communicate with your neighbors to make sure they all know what’s going on and will take measures to protect their families as well.
How to Stay Safe
Keep in mind that during a riot, your home is probably one of the safest places to be. As long as you don’t venture out into the unrest… And really, why would you?
It’s best to just shelter in place for as long as the conflict is going on.
Make sure you have enough food and water, or other supplies you may need, for a few days. You can keep this emergency supply separate from your regular supplies.
One last tip during civil unrest is to not open the door for anyone. If someone comes knocking on your door pretending they need something, they just might want access to your home, so don’t be fooled. Talk through your door, and warn them that the authorities are on their way.
Surviving a riot in your area is a combination of preparing your home in advance, and keeping your family safe during. By taking these steps, you’ll be in much better shape to deal with any civil unrest that comes to your area.
Stay safe, it’s getting hectic out here.