Surviving a Riot

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It seems like civil unrest has finally started to reach its boiling point where one little spark could cause things to go bad rather quickly. Look at everything that’s happening in Egypt, Libya, and throughout the Middle East, hell even in our country people are going crazy.

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So what happens if you find yourself in the middle of a full blown riot?

The first thing that you want to do is quickly assess the situation. Are you in immediate danger? Where are the quickest routes of escape? Is this beginning of something larger?

After assessing the situation, I advise you take the following steps:

If you have an easy way out, take it now – The last thing you want to do is get caught up in the storm. If you are near an escape route, get out as fast as possible.

Becoming part of the crowd – If you were not able to make a quick exit, the first thing you want to do is look like you are part of the crowd. If everyone is shouting against something, then you should be doing the same thing. By blending into the chaos, and not drawing attention to yourself, you’re less likely to become a target.

Be aware – Watch your surroundings and be ready for an attack. Watching the crowd’s body language can help you decide what your next move should be. Scan your surroundings and find the best route of escape.

Don’t get caught up in the chaos. – How many times have you been stuck in traffic, only to find out the crash was on the other side? We see it every day, for some reason people are drawn towards disasters. It’s human nature to want to look at the accident.

Don’t make that mistake during a riot situation. I don’t care how safe or protected you think you are, when things start going bad your first priority is to make your way to safety. If you’re that curious about what happened you can watch the action on the evening news.

Go with the flow – Think of the crowd as a large raging river. The best way to get out of a river is to swim with the current and slowly make your way to the edge. The same is true when stuck in the middle of a crowd.

Don’t try to cut through the crowd, as this could cause unwanted attention. Instead, go with the flow of the crowd and work your way to the edge. Then quietly slip away to safety.

Being Armed: I think always being armed is a good thing, but pulling a gun out in the middle of a riot might not be the smartest idea. Unless you’re physically being attacked, it’s better to slip away unnoticed. Don’t try to scare the crowd away you’re your gun. That being said, if you are being physically attacked or threatened with attack all rules are out the window.


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  1. outdoorwolf says:

    really good info. would you use pepper spray to fend off a few people in the crowed or could that back fire

    • Jake says:

      Major back fire. Ever sprayed pepper spray outdoors? It goes everywhere. Quick way to piss off everybody around you and possibly immobilize yourself in the process by blinding yourself. Escape is your best option unless you have more bullets than rioters on your person.

  2. Off Grid Survival says:

    Yea you could but the main purpose of not pulling a weapon or pepper spray was to stay as low key as possible. pulling something like that could just add fuel to the fire and make the mob even angry.

    I would only pull a weapon if I needed to defend myself, if I could safely slip away unnoticed then that would be my first plan of action.

    But like I said above if your being attacked then all rules go out the window and you do anything you can to defend yourself.

  3. Tank says:

    At least with the weapon you have the option. However if you have carry permit or not if you take a weapon to a political rally you may be detained by the police. After events like what happened in Arizona the law enforcement agencies will be watching political events closely. It is a fine line and comes down to personal choice, your best choice may be not to attend if you think there is a chance of things getting too far out of hand.

    • John says:

      tank your comment is total bullshit!!! that guy didnt even break any laws in Arizona infact he was well within his rights and the law so stuff it!!! It wasn’t even an incident or event only headhunters like you were trying to make something out of it. man I’m sick of people like you trying to make a big deal out of something when it is within all legality. I could understand if he acted out of turn or broke a law or even tried something but all he did was stand where he was legally allowed in a manner allowed by must be either a damn democrat or a liberal!!!

      • A guy says:

        Ha as if calling him a democrat is an insult…sigh what Ev just roll with what you feel is right and stop bullshitting all over other pals opinions John

  4. Doctor 111 trillion says:


    Why go to the political rallies in teh first place? They’re usually taped and’ll be on the news. Besides, they’re also usually political horse hockey

  5. scram says:

    As-soon-as the shtf, GET OUT !

  6. Ravenel says:

    Remember this when the riot comes, U.S. Code, Title 50, Chapter 32, Section 1520a.
    Notice the exceptions-
    (b) Exceptions Subject to subsections (c), (d), and (e) of this section, the prohibition in subsection
    (a) of this section does not apply to a test or experiment carried out for any of the following purposes:

    (1) Any peaceful purpose that is related to a medical, therapeutic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or research activity.
    (2) Any purpose that is directly related to protection against toxic chemicals or biological weapons and agents.
    (3) Any law enforcement purpose, including any purpose related to riot control. <—(right here)
    (c) Informed consent required
    The Secretary of Defense may conduct a test or experiment described in subsection
    (b) of this section only if informed consent to the testing was obtained from each human subject in advance of the testing on that subject.
    (d) Prior notice to Congress

    Its best to not to be caught up in a riot in the first place.

  7. Msteele92 says:

    I think that using guns should be avoided at all costs; the risk of hitting an innocent person is just too high. As soon as shots are fired, eveyone is going to go nuts and it would only escalate the situation. I wouldn’t even carry a gun in a crowded environment that could potentially break out into a riot. Guns plus large crowds of angry people equals bad news. If the worst happens and you are over powered by a large group of people or you get trampled and your gun gets taken by some lunatic, then you have a nightmare on your hands. Avoiding the situation completely is a much better bet. Mace or a knife is a better bet for self defense in a riot situation.

    • Linnie says:

      Could only have been said by a liberal. The mobs were terrifying. I was there.

  8. stan smith says:

    there was no riot in madison wisconsin it was just a protest i live there i even got free food madison is a very laid back city and everyone got along with the officers just fine.

  9. robert mccurdy says:

    riots just dont happen in a vacuum. an alert prepper would have known which way the wind was blowing and not visited the location in question. You are there because you made a decision to be vulnerable either through neglect or object no matter if it was cairo, tunisa, a european futball match, downtown seattle, or the capital of the people’s republic of wisconsin, madison.

  10. Lin says:

    “Just a protest in Madison….”. I was there at The Tea Party….. the liberal mobs were out of control and frightening.

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