The current violence and turmoil likewise is likely to continue and potentially escalate based upon the election results or even in spite of it.
We have seen a lot of questions here about what preps to make for such an eventuality. This post by MH is an excellent list of basic preps for this coming event. So I am going to make it a sticky here. Do feel free to add your suggestions and thoughts on this matter.
We need to hope for best, but hope is not a plan, so we should prepare for the worst.
Note: No politics! Just preps should go here.
majorhavoc wrote: ↑Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:37 am
Here are my thoughts specific to a contested election:
1) Vote early if your state allows it. Yes, an election doesn’t become contested until after the votes are cast and counted. But the salient point here is the country is a political tinderbox at the moment and you don’t want to be anywhere near polling stations on election day if you can possibly help it. Plus, a central tenant of responsible prepping is foresight. It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to know that the same forces that will contest an election may also be at work on election day.
2) Pull down those political yard signs as soon as possible. By all means exercise your First Amendment rights by showing support for your candidate(s) leading up to the election. But afterwards, they could become a big fat bullseye in the eyes of whoever isn’t happy about the electoral outcome. Go into grey man mode after election night and pull them down no later than when the polls close in your area.
3) Do not engage disgruntled members of the public. No matter how strongly you feel about. You are not going to change anyone’s mind about anything. Keep quiet, move along and do not engage. Same goes for social media and letters to the editor. Unless you’re certain to you’ll remain anonymous, don’t risk outing yourself to someone with a violent bone to pick.
4) If you haven’t identified a bug out location yet, do it now. Even if it’s just a sleepy motel out in the hinterlands. You absolutely must have some place for your family to go to if conditions get dicey in your AO. This is doubly important if you live in an urban area. Triply important if that urban area has a recent history of civil unrest.
5) Gas up your vehicles and top off your generator fuel now. Sure, the pumps may still be running after election day, but as we’ve all learned in recent days gas stations aren’t the safest place to be when people take to the streets.
6) Don’t join the mob. This one seems obvious but here at ZS we’re all just as, if not more, opinionated that those people taking to the streets. I get it; your side was robbed. You’re angry and you’re not going to take it lying down. Just understand that if you’re out in the streets agitating, you’re putting yourself directly in harm’s way, pure and simple. And more importantly, you’re not home protecting your family and property.
7) Factor existing crises into your decisions. This one’s a bit nebulous, but I think it’s important. We’re also in the middle of a pandemic, an economic crisis and for many, wildfires, freak wind events and a major hurricane. What might be the best course of action in response to a contested election in normal circumstances may not be the best course with everything else going on. Just understand there may be more angles to consider than just the latest crisis.