Understanding and implementing these emergency survival tips in the event you need to escape a riot can make a real difference in the outcome for you or your family.
With so many protests happening lately, encountering a riot is not as unlikely as it once was.
It is important that your entire family know what to do should you encounter a riot or should a protest you are involved in turn into a riot.
Why Riots Are So Dangerous
These days the tense political environment means riots are more common than ever before.
When an unexpected riot breaks out, many innocent people get caught up in the fray, injured or even killed, because these events usually take place in highly populated areas.
Even when a simple peaceful demonstartion is planned, sometimes things get out of hand – and when they do the violence escalates quickly.
The best thing to do is to get out of the area as quickly and calmly as possible.
In the event the police have already arrived you need to make it known to them that you are trying to escape the crowd and that you are not part of the riot.
Avoid Populated Areas
There are plenty of precautions that you can take in order to save yourself and your family in the event of a riot.
The first step should occur well before any riots actually take place.
You should know your city inside and out.
If you know what streets are the most populated, you will know to avoid them.
If you know all of the back streets, alley ways or other unpopulated areas of town you will be able to escape unharmed and find a safe place to wait the riot out, even if it is in another town close by.
Dress To Blend In
In the event of a riot, it’s a good idea to wear cheap looking, non-assuming clothing, such as clothes from your local thrift shop, so you will be able to blend in with the crowd.
Make sure you get the whole nine yards – not just shirt and pants, but shoes and socks as well.
For those who don’t want used socks or shoes, buy the cheapest ones you can find new and wear them enough to break them in.
Avoid wearing clothing that identifies you as a supporter of whatever the crowd is against.
Political t-shirt’s or similar items make you stand out and make it easy for the crowd to target you.
The other advantage of wearing thrift shop clothing is it makes you a much lower priority target for being robbed.
It’s a good idea to have several of these outfits; at least one at home, one that you take to work with you – just in case, and when you travel, pack a thrift store outfit in your suitcase.
This way, you are always ready to change clothes in an instant if a riot breaks out.
Remain calm at all times, no matter what is happening around you.
You can avoid most altercations by keeping your head down and walking with purpose.
Do not run no matter how scared you are. Any sudden or fast movements during times of civil unrest that you make will attract the attention of the crowd and that is the last thing you want.
Moving through an angry crowd is much like sneaking through a zombie horde – think of how that is done in the movies and try to imitate what you have seen.
As long as you look like you’re supposed to be there, nobody will second guess that you are simply trying to escape the crowd.
If people sense that you seem out of place, you are likely to get attacked.
At all cost, avoid getting involved with anything related to the riot.
Do not partake in any car flippings, fights, yelling, or anything. Just keep going, calmly and coolly.
Blend in, but not to the point that you start to follow the crowd and forget that the goal is to escape unharmed.
Walk With The Crowd
In order to escape, do not go in the opposite direction of everyone.
It is best to walk with the crowd, in the same direction.
Slowly you will make your way to the outside perimeter, and you will be able to walk away with ease.
Don’t run away from the crowd once you get to the edge of the group, because that will only draw attention to you.
When you finally move out of the riot area, you’ll likely have two means of transportation: on foot, or in a car.
If you go in a car, be sure you have plenty of gasoline and try to avoid populated areas by all means.
This is why knowing your town inside and out is so important. It is likely that the main roads are going to be blocked off and impassable.
Even if it means taking a route that is 15 to 20 minutes longer, it beats having to confront an angry mob. If you are travelling on foot, you will have to be prepared for potentially stressful events.
But if you can easily escape on foot, don’t worry about leaving your car behind. It is better to have your life intact than to rescue a material possession.
Once you escape the crowd, take shelter somewhere safe until the riots have dispersed.