Civil Unrest And Riot Defense: How To Survive A Panicked Mob In A “W.R.O.L.” Scenario!

Civil Unrest: Survive A Panicked Mob In A Riot

Jeff Anderson

Remember the Boston Marathon Bombing?

Immediately after that event, and several times after that, I’ve been asked about how to manage risk in a large crowd environment WROL (without rule of law).

Well, one answer is simple:

Unless you are absolutely required to be in attendance, AVOID large crowded environments.

Of course when there are times when you have limited choice and must venture into that environment, then use good habits of “situational awareness” and adopt a “bias towards action.”

Large groups of people will always attract a certain amount of risk.

Never underestimate the volatility of people in large groups.

Any significant event, even a “perceived” event, can result in a stampede.

People are injured and die every year during Black Friday Sales events when they become victims of a frenzied mob.

I talked to my friend Kevin Reeve, about this alarming subject, and here is what he told me about surviving panicked mobs.

Civil Unrest: How To Survive A Panicked Mob In A W.R.O.L. Scenario!

Civil Unrest: Survive A Panicked Mob In A Riot
Civil Unrest: Survive A Panicked Mob In A Riot
Kevin Reeve
Kevin Reeve

A fire, an explosion, an active shooter can all create a mob mentality that takes on a life of its own.

The KEY to surviving any event in a crowded venue will depend almost entirely on your ability to control personal panic, to assess the situation, and to take immediate action. If you panic, you drastically increase your odds of injury or death.

Here are a few strategies that will decrease your risk…

1. Maintain Your Awareness

Keep your eyes up, off the smart phone, and scan your environment.

This is can be challenging due to the large volume of people. But try actively scanning.

Look for “out of baseline” behaviors.

People moving upstream, against the flow, for example, are out of baseline.

People moving faster or slower than the baseline, or whose gestures or furtiveness do not match the event, may also be a risk.

2. Identify Specific Threats Or Behaviors

Look for menacing behavior or people who by their looks cause you to feel uncomfortable — and trust your gut.

There may be a valid reason why they make you feel uncomfortable.

If you are in proximity, move away.

As always, look for “orphans:” bags or packages without owners.

Alert security if you see them, but do not stand next to them waiting for security to arrive.

3. Identify Exits

Whenever I enter a room, or area, one of the first things I do is scan for exits.

  • Are there emergency exits?
  • Are they alarmed?
  • Are they locked?
  • What about windows?
  • Can they be opened?
  • Is there a heavy object like a chair I can throw through the window?

Most people will bypass emergency exits in close proximity to them to go back to the entrance they came in through.

This behavior has led to many deaths in ballroom and concert fires.

People who are panicking seek the familiar.

Don’t fall into this trap!

4. Identify Cover

Cover refers to safety from fire.

A brick wall may stop bullets, but sheetrock walls will not.

Solid furniture may seem solid, but even a two inch thick oak table will not stop a 9mm round.

You must find something substantial if shooting starts.

The engine block and front axle of a car for example may provide enough cover for one person, but the car door, not so much.

Inside a building, there is generally not much cover, so it’s better to head for an exit.

5. Carry Essential Gear

Essential gear for an outside event includes a water bottle, a first aid kit that includes a tourniquet, a knife, a multitool, and sunglasses (that also provide eye protection).

For an indoor event, add a small pocket flashlight (a smartphone light will not penetrate smoke and haze.

NEVER go out without essential gear.

It’s all you will have on you in an emergency.

6. If It Goes Down, Get OUT

When everything starts happening, you need to leave, no matter what.

  • Pick up and carry children.
  • Have your family members, (spouse, others with you) grab a hold of your belt.
  • Move assertively towards the PRE-SELECTED exit.

Move with the crowd “downstream” but also in a diagonal direction, until can reach a wall inside, or if outside, the edge of the crowd, where you can better control your movement.

Do not be afraid to damage or destroy the fixtures or the building itself to get out, such as breaking open windows or kicking open doors, or breaking locks.

Timidity will not be helpful; your primary concern must be your family.

Once they are safe, you can decide whether to render aid to others.

It is impossible to anticipate every event.

However, most events will precipitate the need to MOVE. MOVEMENT to SAFETY will generally always be your highest priority.

If the event is localized to your immediate vicinity, then safety generally lies elsewhere.

The most important trait here is a BIAS TOWARDS ACTION. Take action to improve your crowd situation.

What Would YOUR Strategy Be If You Encountered A Panicked Mob?

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3 Urban Survival Myths (And The Truth About How To Survive In A Collapse!)

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

For years, the groupthink on urban survival was that, in a disaster situation where there’s a medium to long term breakdown in infrastructure and civil order, the ONLY way to survive was to flee the city.

You were supposed to run, like a dog with its tail between its legs, and hide out in the woods until things get back to normal.

The truth is, this is really dated thinking that ignores history.

To get to the bottom of this, we’ve got to dispel some of the myths about urban survival in a collapse.

I talked to my friend Ox to get his thoughts on this topic.

Here is a run-down of what he had to say to me.

Urban Survival Myths (And The TRUTH About How To Survive In A Collapse)

Urban Survival Myths Busted
Urban Survival Myths Busted
Ox

Besides the logistics of whether or not you’ve got a fully stocked rural retreat to flee to, or the fact that there’s a good chance that it will be difficult to travel with gridlock and roadblocks, there are several reasons why cities — or urban areas — make good places to STAY after a disaster.

There are three big urban survival lies that have convinced people this isn’t so.

Let’s talk about each one of them.

Urban Survival Lie #1: “With all those people, everything’s going to run out right away.”

While this is true, it’s just the first chapter of the story.

In the event of a medium- to long-term breakdown in order after a disaster, many people will abandon cities and others will die of shock, medical reasons or violence, leaving a remnant of people who were prepared and can continue/rebuild the economy.

Also, at some point, products like fuel, food and other supplies will start being distributed again.

If refiners, farmers and other distributors have the option to deliver to one city or 10 towns, they’ll pick the one city.

Their cost to deliver goods to only one location will be less AND they’ll probably be able to sell the goods at a premium because of higher demand.

The key here is to have enough supplies on hand to make it through the worst part of a civil breakdown situation until resupply begins.

Urban Survival Lie #2: “I’ll be a sitting duck in my house!”

After a disaster, if violence is particularly bad, you can rotate a watch without it being too much of a burden on any one family.

This concept has been around for generations.

Just to be clear, it doesn’t stop crime, it only changes the location where it happens.

If a crackhead needs to steal a TV to support his habit, it’ll just get them to go a block or two away to break into a house and steal someone else’s stuff.

Of course, in a disaster situation, many have scaled this up and have multiple roving people covering an entire neighborhood.

In the country, there’s just too much space between houses to make this practical.

Why?

Because in an urban area, one person can watch several houses at one time.

Urban Survival Lie #3: “Everyone in the city will turn on each other.”

Actually, this is partially true.

I hear people talk about their organized plans to kill, loot and steal from their neighbors way too often.

Just yesterday a friend told me how he overheard a group of otherwise rational people talking about how they have their neighborhood mapped out and the houses prioritized according to which ones they’re going to attack first.

This is no joke — the TRUTH about surviving in a collapse is that you have to be able to defend yourself against predators like these.

It’s why we talk about “survival weapons” so much here.

I think these people should and will be “taken care of” quickly if they ever start acting on their sick plans.

They go against everything that America stands for, and they disgust me.

There is another side to this story… one which has a lot more historical evidence.

Think of barn raisings and the ability of a rural community to band together to get a big project done.

Now think about how many more people there are in a city than in a rural area and how much easier it would be for any one person to get a group of people together to get a big project done when there are so many more people to ask.

Stop laughing at the thought of city people helping each other: As we saw after September 11th, there are people who WILL come together to help in a crisis.

So what do you think?

Will YOU stay in the city after a disaster?

Will YOU Shelter In Place In The City? Why Or Why Not?

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