Survival 201: Preparedness For Government Over-Reach

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Survival 103: Disaster Preparedness

It’s not unreasonable to assume a government has the people’s best intentions in mind

  • To be human is to like control, and as a result all governments over time will fight for continued dominance before they’re overtaken by a larger force or collapse from the inside
  • Most people feel it is paranoid, so be careful what you say and when

If the government starts abusing its powers, have a few items prepared for it

  • Have everything you need for a disaster on hand
  • Keep guns on hand with plenty of ammunition, for self-defense as well as negotiation power
  • Have a copy of your rights as a citizen and know them
    • This is not to defend yourself in court, if you’re detained you’re likely to receive an unfair trial if there is an unfair government in power

There is sometimes hope in a corrupt political system

  • World leaders are only as powerful as their influence dictates, which means enough economic hardship or a weakening military can inspire a coup
  • Growing your own food in a crooked government liberates you from the necessity of relying on the government, and can inspire a marketplace outside of government control

If you are targeted you will need to flee, since governments will have you outgunned and outmanned

  • If the local authorities talk to you, remember that literally every word you say could be used against you
    • The police are not your friends, and their job is connected to finding reasonable cause to detain you
    • Even if you’re giving an account of a situation unrelated to you, a mistake in your testimony could be seen as lying
  • Have another country to flee to, and create a plan on how 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 the papers could be fake and the contact that gave you the papers could alert the authorities
    • Use the Deep Web with Tor Browser and bitcoin currency to be even more difficult to trace
    • Cut off all ties to your current life
      • Throwing everything in a suitcase and running is the worst way to run, since you’re leaving clues for the authorities with everyone you talked to
      • Don’t tell anyone details about what you want to do, where you’re going, when you’re going, etc.
      • Lose 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 that are labeled as anonymous
      • Get rid of bank cards, credit cards, membership cards or anything else with your name on it
      • Ditch all of your internet social networks, try the pretense that you’re spending too much time online
        • The more prominent a member of society you are, the harder this will be
        • Minimizing your virtual trail is more important than minimizing your real life trail, since it takes much more work to be followed in real life
      • Lead investigators with false or incomplete information to throw off their trail when trying to follow you
      • Cut off connection with immediate family, since this one is the easiest place to fail at severing ties
      • Talk to an attorney about creating a corporation that will manage your new life where you’re going
    • This is a big step so you need to be certain there’s no going back, it’s the equivalent of your house burning down with everyone you know inside
  • Keep constant awareness of the situation as you go, since you don’t know what you’re running into
    • Establish baseline behaviors of people and places, and look for any anomalies
    • Always have an escape plan in mind, and try to make one that takes advantage of what you can do that others can’t
      • If you’re a big person, you can barricade doors
      • If you’re smaller, you can fit through small passageways
      • If you’re athletic, you can navigate unconventional routes
    • Most doors that don’t lead outside can be opened with a credit card
      • Swing-latch doors can be opened by sliding a flat solid object through the crack in the door
    • You can jump over a barbed wire fence by placing a thick blanket or rubber mat over it
    • Learn how to get through a crowd fast
      • Use a “karate chop” motion ahead of you to squeeze through people
      • Run with a fire extinguisher or shake pennies in a can while asking for change to get everyone out of your way
  • Sneak and move quietly to stay unnoticed whenever possible
    • Learn how to walk quietly
      1. Breathe slowly and quietly
      2. Lower your body
      3. Extend your arms at waist level
      4. Only move your legs
      5. Every step should have your toes and ball of your foot first, then leaning onto your forward leg
      6. Watch out for loud surfaces
        • Walk on the outside of staircases to avoid squeaking
      7. When using a door, lift it up a little to keep it from squeaking
  • Try to stay as inconspicuous as possible
    • Wear common colors to blend into the environment or the crowd
    • When driving, move the seat as far back as possible to avoid speeding
  • While driving, listen to comedians to keep awake

As you’re fleeing, you might get shot at

  • Immediately look for all of your exits that you can escape through
    • Make a premeditated escape plan that you’ll employ as soon as you hear gunshots
      • This escape plan should not include trying to gather your belongings like laptops or luggage
  • There is a specific set of priorities that ensure the maximum chance of survival
    1. Run
      • As soon as you hear gunfire, leave the premises immediately using your premeditated escape plan
        • As tempting as it is to grab objects, it will only slow you down
        • Though it goes against every humane compulsion you have, don’t try to move or assist the wounded
          • It leaves you vulnerable to attack, and it won’t help to turn one gunshot victim into two
      • There are a few reasons people don’t want to leave
        • They’re cowering in fear, which will get them killed easily
        • They’re letting a bias that if they act normal they won’t get shot
        • They think hiding should come first, which will increase their chances of getting killed
      • When running, run in a zig-zag pattern to make it harder to shoot you
        • Even experienced marksmen have a difficult time shooting moving targets
        • Move as much as possible to create as much distance as possible
        • Take cover behind barriers that can stop bullets (concrete pillars, vending machines, cars, etc)
      • If this is an active shooter situation where others are at risk, tell them to come along with you
        • Warn others you’re running by about the threat on their lives as well
        • If the shooting is something not condoned by the government, call 911 immediately, don’t assume anyone has
        • Don’t call law enforcement if you’re on the run from the government
    2. Hide
      • Sometimes you 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
        • It must be out of the shooter’s view
        • It has to provide protection if shots are fired in your direction
        • Make it as hard as possible for the shooter to get to you
          • If possible, find a room with a door that can be locked
          • If you can’t lock the door, barricade it with a table and chairs
        • If you can’t find a room to secure yourself, hide in a location that offers cover and conceals you from the shooter but allows you to still see them
      • Make yourself hidden
        • Turn off the lights in the room and be as quiet as possible
        • Put your cell phone on silent, don’t even put it on vibrate
        • Stay away from the door and crouch behind items like cabinets or desks that could offer protection from bullets
      • If this shooting isn’t the government, call 911
        • Don’t speak if the shooter can hear, just leave the phone on to allow the operator to hear what’s going on
      • Don’t open the door unless you’re absolutely certain that it’s the authorities knocking
        • Shooters will often knock on doors or yell for help to convince hiding people to show themselves
      • If the shooter passes you then you can run for it, but be ready to attack if necessary
    3. Fight
      • Fighting should be your last resort
      • Quickly taking action against a shooter can save lives, but you’re risking a likely chance of getting killed by doing it
        • Your skill in fighting will increase your chances
        • If you’re armed, learn the skills connected to returning fire
          • Don’t count shots, wait for them to stop firing instead and then only show yourself enough to fire back
          • Conserve ammunition, since you’re at a disadvantage when you run out
        • If you’re unarmed, learning any hand-to-hand combat skills will be invaluable
      • When fighting, keep a few things in mind
        • A violent gunman will assume that people will do what they want or hide, so you have the advantage of surprise if you charge them
        • If you’re fighting, fight aggressively and violently, this is life-and-death and has become all-out war
          • When throwing a punch, clench your fist at the last possible moment for the maximum force
        • Control the weapon first, then control the shooter
          • Anyone without a weapon is only as strong as their muscles and fighting skill
        • Find and use improvised weapons
          • Any weapon can multiply 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
          • Throw things at the shooter to create hesitation in order to give you time to close the distance to them
          • If possible, find something that can blind the shooter:
            • Shine a flashlight or mirror at their eyes
            • Spray a fire extinguisher or chemicals in their face
        • Get help from anyone you can while attacking, and work as a team to take them down
  • To make a quick tear gas mask, cut a plastic water bottle to your face’s shape and put it over a surgical mask
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