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Surviving Riots

So today being the glorious socialist holiday of May 1, a bunch of nutbags decided it would be a grand day to protest and basically riot in downtown Seattle today.

Thousands of dollars of damage and a hundred or so arrests later, they all went home when the rain got too bad. In Seattle. What a bunch of candy … nevermind.

In any case, it brings on a good question … how do you deal with riots and civil disturbances?

The best answer is … don’t. Avoid them, and be aware of what’s going on in your area. Don’t be there when the stuff hits the fan. I knew that today would be a hairy day in Seattle so I stayed away.

But that’s not always an option. Sometimes these things just creep up on you.

So if you find yourself in this sort of a situation, the best thing to do is figure out the closest way out and take it. You really don’t want to get mixed up in it, and you definitely don’t want to have the authorities decide that you’re part of it.

If you’re on foot, moving perpendicularly away from the main crowd’s path is a good place to start. Find a side street and take it. Walk, but move quickly. Knowing and understanding the area you’re in is critical.

Stay away from public transportation, busses, train stations, and so on. Not a good place to be.

If you are in your car, promptly get as far away from it as you can by whatever means necessary. Drive slowly if necessary and don’t stop until you get there.

Depending on the situation, stepping in to a bookstore or something like that may help. Most of the time the rioters just throw bricks through windows, so if you’re farther in the back you’ll be ok.

Whatever you do, don’t be in the crowd. That’s where you get fun stuff like tear gas, water cannons, and other entertaining things. Stay on the sides until you can escape off to one side. And whatever you do, stay out of tunnels or anything like that.

Having a bottle of water to wet down your shirt will help make it a makeshift filter to protect you from some types of tear gas.

But the bottom line …. Stay the heck away.

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3 Responses to Surviving Riots

  1. Excellent thoughts Rudy. But really, it’s just another brick removed from the wall known as the United States of America. I hope all of your readers realize this and are prepared for it. Thanks for the blog!

  2. Being on the sidelines of an event won’t guarantee your safety; there are regularly reports of people who were just walking buy getting gassed and/or arrested. Except for the provocateurs who dress all in black (with masks, yet), there is too much variety in dress and manner for police to sort out who’s who.

    If you have to be in an area that is experiencing some activity because you are trying to make it home, make sure you have your ID and something that shows you live outside the area handy in case of a confrontation with a police officer.
    Found online:

    What you say to the police is always important. What you say can be used against you, and it can give 
    the police an excuse to arrest you – especially if you “bad mouth” an officer. Try not to escalate any 

    State law (may vary by state) says you must identify yourself to a law enforcement officer upon request. However, police can’t legally arrest you for refusing to provide your name unless you are suspected of criminal activity, or your identification is needed to protect officer safety or resolve whatever reasonable suspicions prompted the stop.

    You do not have to consent to a search of yourself, or your belongings or car.  

    And it is Constitutionally protected free speech to protest; don’t get involved if you don’t agree with the cause, and be prepared to accept the consequences if you do.

  3. Good blog! My son and I have gone over what to do if stranded at school as he is bused to the next town~ a 20 minute drive from home. We have covered, somewhat (will I ever feel he’s ready?) how to get home if an EMP hits. But, being 11 years old, he still thinks he has muscles beyond his years. I have to sit down and impart to him the necessity of steering clear and letting others sort out these things.
    And, we have to go over maps and routes again.