Survival 201: Preparedness For Government Over-Reach

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Survival 103: Disaster Preparedness

Governments don’t always have the public’s best interests in mind

Though it’s not unreasonable to assume government benevolence, you’re risking your life by fully trusting a government

All governments over time try to amass more control over individual citizens’ lives

Observe what you say and how, since many people find it conspiratorial or offensive

Prepare for your government abusing its powers

Prepare everything for a disaster

Keep guns on hand with plenty of ammunition for both self-defense and negotiation

Keep a copy of your rights as a citizen and memorize them

  • Your purpose, if you need them, is to talk yourself out of detainment by an official
  • If you find yourself in court, the court will likely try you unfairly

Corrupt political systems aren’t always hopeless

World leaders only have as much power as their influence

  • Government coups often come through enough economic hardship or a weakened military

If you want to persist in a crooked government, grow your food

  • Growing food liberates you from needing the government
  • Trading your food for goods and services can inspire a market beyond government control

If a government targets you, flee

Don’t try to stay unless you’re trying to have a coup since governments will have you out-gunned and out-manned

If the local authorities talk to you, remember that an officer could use every single word you say against you

  • The police are not your friends, and their job is to find reasonable cause to detain you
  • Even if you’re giving an account of a situation unrelated to you, a mistake in your testimony could incriminate you

Find another country to flee to and make a plan to get there

  • Don’t tell anyone you don’t need to about your plan since that’s the easiest way to get caught
  • Don’t get false papers since they could be fake or your contact that gave you the documents could alert the authorities
  • The more prominent a member of society you are, the harder leaving becomes
  • Cut off all ties to your current life
    • The worst way to go is throwing everything in a suitcase and running since you’re leaving clues with everyone you talked to
    • Don’t tell anyone details such as what you want to do, where you’re going or when you’re going
    • Get rid of your cell phone and purchase one with a pay-as-you-go plan with cards to top it off
      • Dial *67 in North America to make calls labeled as anonymous
    • Minimizing your digital trail is more important than real life because following you in real life takes more work
      • Get rid of bank cards, credit cards, membership cards or anything else with your name on it
      • Ditch all your social networks with the pretense that you’re spending too much time online
      • Use the Deep Web with Tor Browser and bitcoin currency to remove online traces or access the black market
    • Lead investigators with false or incomplete information to throw off their trail when trying to follow you
    • Cut off connections with any family, since it’s the first place they’ll look
    • Talk to an attorney about making a corporation that will manage your new life where you’re going
  • Creating a new identity is the equivalent of your house burning down with everyone you know inside, so only leave if you’re 100% ready for it

Keep constantly aware as you go, since you won’t know what to expect

  • Establish baseline behaviors of people and places and look for any anomalies
  • Always keep an escape plan in mind that takes advantage of your natural physique and skills
    • If you’re a large person, you can barricade doors
    • If you’re smaller, you can fit through tiny passageways
    • If you’re athletic, you can navigate unconventional routes
  • Most doors that don’t lead outside open with a credit card
    • Open swing-latch doors by sliding a flat solid object through the crack in the door
  • Jump over a barbed wire fence by throwing a thick blanket or rubber mat over it
  • Get through a crowd quickly
    • Use a “karate chop” motion ahead of you to squeeze through people
    • Run with a fire extinguisher
    • Shake pennies in a can while asking for change

Sneak and tiptoe to stay unnoticed

  1. Breathe slowly and quietly
  2. Lower your body
  3. Extend your arms at waist level
  4. Only move your legs
  5. Make each step with your toes and ball of your foot first, then leaning onto your forward leg
  6. Watch for loud surfaces
    • Walk on the outside of staircases to avoid squeaking
  7. When opening a door, lift it a little to keep it from squeaking

Try to stay as inconspicuous as possible

  • Wear bland colors to blend into your environment
  • When driving, move the seat as far back as possible to avoid speeding

While driving, listen to comedians to keep awake

You may get shot at

Stay vigilant of every exit you can escape through

  • Make a premeditated escape plan for the moment you hear gunshots
  • Since you won’t have much time, don’t include gathering your belongings like laptops or luggage

Set your priorities correctly to increase your chances of survival

A. Run

  • As soon as you hear gunfire, immediately leave the premises with your premeditated escape plan
    • Don’t grab objects since it’ll slow you down
    • Don’t try to move or assist the wounded, even though you’ll likely feel compelled to
  • There are several reasons people don’t want to leave
    • They’re cowering in fear
    • They’re honoring a bias that acting normal will help them not get shot
    • They think hiding should come first, which increases their chances of getting killed
  • Run in a zig-zag pattern to make yourself a more difficult target
    • Even experienced marksmen have a difficult time hitting moving targets
    • Move as much as possible to create as much distance as you can
    • Take cover behind barriers that stop bullets (e.g., concrete pillars, vending machines or cars)
  • If others are at risk, tell them to come along with you
    • Warn others you run by about the threat to their lives
    • Call the police immediately if the government isn’t responsible, and don’t assume anyone has yet

B. Hide

  • You sometimes can’t run
    • The shooter is blocking or in clear view of the only exits
    • You can’t escape out a window because you’re in a high-rise building
  • Find a secure location
    • Stay out of the shooter’s view
    • Your cover should stop shots fired in your direction
    • Make getting to you an extreme challenge for the shooter
      • If possible, find a room with a door lock
      • Barricade the door with a table and chairs if you can’t lock it
    • If you can’t secure yourself in a room, hide behind cover that conceals you from the shooter but lets you still see them
  • Make yourself hidden
    • Turn off the room’s lights and stay as quiet as possible
    • Set your cell phone to silent, don’t put it on vibrate
    • Stay away from the door and crouch behind cabinets or desks that could offer protection from bullets
  • Call the police
    • Don’t speak if the shooter can hear and leave the phone on to let the operator listen
  • Only open the door if you’re sure who the person knocking on the door is
    • Shooters often knock on doors or yell for help to convince hiding people to show themselves
  • If the shooter passes you, you can run for it, but be prepared to fight

C. Fight

  • Only fight as your last resort
  • You can save lives by taking quick action against a shooter, but you risk your life in the process
    • Your unarmed fighting skill can increase your chances
    • If you’re armed, return fire
      • Don’t count shots, wait for them to stop firing and only show yourself enough to fire back
      • Conserve ammunition since you’re at a significant disadvantage when you run out
  • A violent gunman assume that people will flee or hide, so charging them gives you the advantage of surprising them
    • Fight aggressively and violently since your life depends on it
    • Throw the maximum force of a punch by clenching your fist at the last possible moment
  • Control the shooter’s weapon first, then control the shooter
    • Anyone without a gun is only as strong as their strength and combat skill
  • Find improvised weapons
    • Any weapon can multiply your force
      • Sharp objects: glass bottles, pens, pencils, a loose tile
      • Blunt objects: coffee mugs, laptops, luggage, a brick
      • Unusual objects: scalding hot coffee, spilled motor oil
    • Create hesitation by throwing things at the shooter to give time to close your distance
    • Find something to blind the shooter
      • Shine a flashlight or mirror at their eyes
      • Spray a fire extinguisher or chemicals in their face
  • If possible, get help from others to attack as a team to take the shooter down

To make a quick tear gas mask, cut a plastic water bottle to your face’s shape and fit it over a surgical mask

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