We've seen how demonstrations on both the left and right of US politics have led to increasing violence on our streets. For those of us living in cities where this sort of thing is common, it's an unpleasant reminder that we aren't necessarily safe from extremists, even in our own homes. There's also the criminal element that takes advantage of such unrest for its own purposes. Those of us living further away from such incidents may nevertheless find ourselves at risk if we have to travel to other centers.
Greg Ellifritz, whom we've met in these pages before, recently compiled a list of useful articles about what to do in a riot or unrest situation. He begins:
With the riots heating up in the Pacific Northwest, lots of folks have contacted me about re-posting some of my riot survival articles.
Here is my best advice...
Stay away from any scheduled protests, riots, uprisings, or large political gatherings. It is absolutely not safe to attend such an event in today’s political climate. I hope my readers are smart enough to recognize that. Both sides of most of these “protests” are at fault. Both sides show up looking for a fight. Both sides get exactly what they came for. The only way to avoid violence like that on a personal level is to avoid being present in the first place.
The only way to avoid such violence on a societal level is to refuse to give either group the attention they are looking for. Don’t attend the rallies. Don’t post news of the event on your Facebook wall. Let these idiots die the obscure death they deserve.
There's more at the link, including links to several very useful articles. They make informative and educational reading.
I strongly recommend that any of my readers who live in areas at high risk for such problems should read all the articles, share them with their families and friends, and bookmark, or save, or print them out for future reference. The biggest aid to security is being aware of problems before they arise, and knowing what to do about them when they do. These articles will help you do both.