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S -Size Up the Situation If you are in a combat situation, find a place where you can conceal yourself from the enemy.
Remember, security takes priority. Use your senses of hearing, smell, and sight to get a feel for the
battlefield. What is the enemy doing? Advancing? Holding in place? Retreating? You will have to
consider what is developing on the battlefield when you make your survival plan.
Size Up Your Surroundings
Determine the pattern of the area. Get a feel for what is going on around you. Every environment,
whether forest, jungle, or desert, has a rhythm or pattern. This rhythm or pattern includes animal and bird
noises and movements and insect sounds. It may also include enemy traffic and civilian movements.
Size Up Your Physical Condition
The pressure of the battle you were in or the trauma of being in a survival situation may have caused you
to overlook wounds you received. Check your wounds and give yourself first aid. Take care to prevent
further bodily harm. For instance, in any climate, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. If you are
in a cold or wet climate, put on additional clothing to prevent hypothermia.
Size Up Your Equipment
Perhaps in the heat of battle, you lost or damaged some of your equipment. Check to see what
equipment you have and what condition it is in.
Now that you have sized up your situation, surroundings, physical condition, and equipment, you are
ready to make your survival plan. In doing so, keep in mind your basic physical needs--water, food, and
U -Use All Your Senses, Undue Haste Makes Waste You may make a wrong move when you react quickly without thinking or planning. That move may result
in your capture or death. Don't move just for the sake of taking action. Consider all aspects of your
situation (size up your situation) before you make a decision and a move. If you act in haste, you may
forget or lose some of your equipment. In your haste you may also become disoriented so that you don't
know which way to go. Plan your moves. Be ready to move out quickly without endangering yourself if
the enemy is near you. Use all your senses to evaluate the situation. Note sounds and smells. Be
sensitive to temperature changes. Be observant.
R -Remember Where You Are Spot your location on your map and relate it to the surrounding terrain. This is a basic principle that you
must always follow. If there are other persons with you, make sure they also know their location. Always
know who in your group, vehicle, or aircraft has a map and compass. If that person is killed, you will have
to get the map and compass from him. Pay close attention to where you are and to where you are going.
Do not rely on others in the group to keep track of the route. Constantly orient yourself. Always try to
determine, as a minimum, how your location relates to--
· The location of enemy units and controlled areas.
· The location of friendly units and controlled areas.
· The location of local water sources (especially important in the desert).
· Areas that will provide good cover and concealment.
This information will allow you to make intelligent decisions when you are in a survival and evasion
V -Vanquish Fear and Panic The greatest enemies in a combat survival and evasion situation are fear and panic. If uncontrolled, they
can destroy your ability to make an intelligent decision. They may cause you to react to your feelings and
imagination rather than to your situation. They can drain your energy and thereby cause other negative
emotions. Previous survival and evasion training and self-confidence will enable you to vanquish fear
I -Improvise In the United States, we have items available for all our needs. Many of these items are cheap to replace
when damaged. Our easy come, easy go, easy-to-replace culture makes it unnecessary for us to
improvise. This inexperience in improvisation can be an enemy in a survival situation. Learn to improvise.
Take a tool designed for a specific purpose and see how many other uses you can make of it.
Learn to use natural objects around you for different needs. An example is using a rock for a hammer.
No matter how complete a survival kit you have with you, it will run out or wear out after a while. Your
imagination must take over when your kit wears out.
V -Value Living All of us were born kicking and fighting to live, but we have become used to the soft life. We have
become creatures of comfort. We dislike inconveniences and discomforts. What happens when we are
faced with a survival situation with its stresses, inconveniences, and discomforts? This is when the will to
live- placing a high value on living-is vital. The experience and knowledge you have gained through life
and your Army training will have a bearing on your will to live. Stubbornness, a refusal to give in to
problems and obstacles that face you, will give you the mental and physical strength to endure.
A -Act Like the Natives The natives and animals of a region have adapted to their environment. To get a feel of the area, watch
how the people go about their daily routine. When and what do they eat? When, where, and how do they
get their food? When and where do they go for water? What time do they usually go to bed and get up?
These actions are important to you when you are trying to avoid capture.
Animal life in the area can also give you clues on how to survive. Animals also require food, water, and
shelter. By watching them, you can find sources of water and food.
Keep in mind that the reaction of animals can reveal your presence to the enemy.
If in a friendly area, one way you can gain rapport with the natives is to show interest in their tools and
how they get food and water. By studying the people, you learn to respect them, you often make
valuable friends, and, most important, you learn how to adapt to their environment and increase your
chances of survival.
L -Live by Your Wits, But for Now, Learn Basic Skills Without training in basic skills for surviving and evading on the battlefield, your chances of living through
a combat survival and evasion situation are slight.
Learn these basic skills now--not when you are headed for or are in the battle. How you decide to equip
yourself before deployment will impact on whether or not you survive. You need to know about the
environment to which you are going, and you must practice basic skills geared to that environment. For
instance, if you are going to a desert, you need to know how to get water in the desert.
Practice basic survival skills during all training programs and exercises. Survival training reduces fear of
the unknown and gives you self-confidence. It teaches you to live by your wits.
PATTERN FOR SURVIVAL Develop a survival pattern that lets you beat the enemies of survival. This survival pattern must include
food, water, shelter, fire, first aid, and signals placed in order of importance. For example, in a cold
environment, you would need a fire to get warm; a shelter to protect you from the cold, wind, and rain or
snow; traps or snares to get food; a means to signal friendly aircraft; and first aid to maintain health. If
injured, first aid has top priority no matter what climate you are in.
Change your survival pattern to meet your immediate physical needs as the environment changes.
As you read the rest of this manual, keep in mind the keyword SURVIVAL and the need for a survival
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How to deal with violent riots Be prepared.
If you know an area is ripe for a riot but you can’t
avoid traveling there, take these simple precautions
to protect yourself. Wear clothes that minimize the
amount of exposed skin, long pants and long-sleeve
shirts and good walking shoes when going out, and
think about your possible escape routes and safe
havens before anything actually happens. Carry
small cash with you in case you need to quickly
arrange transportation, pay off looters, or bribe the
police at a checkpoint. Do not conceal all the cash
in one place. Place portions around the body. In
shoes, underpants, pinned to inside lining etc. If
you’re traveling abroad, register with your country’s
consulate and carry your passport and/or visa with
you at all times. Remain calm.
Riots bring about intense emotions, and if you want
to survive one you’d better keep yours in check.
Your adrenaline and survival instincts will kick in,
but try to think rationally, calmly and pursue safety
methodically. Don’t take Sides.
If you’re caught up in a riot, don’t take sides. Try to
look as inconspicuous as possible, and slowly and
carefully move to the outside of the mob.
Stay close to walls or other protective barriers if
Avoid being hit by riot control chemicals.
Police may deploy riot control agents (tear gas, for
example) to disperse a crowd. These chemicals can
cause severe pain, respiratory distress, and blindness.
Try to stay away from the front lines of a riot,
and learn to recognize the signs that a riot control
agent has been used and how to handle exposure. Move away from the riot.
The more time you spend in the midst of a riot, the
greater your chance of being injured or killed. That
said, in most circumstances it’s better to move out
of a riot slowly. If you run, you will draw attention
to yourself, so it’s usually best to walk. It is dangerous
to stand out in a crowd. Move with the crowd at
the same pace, so go with the flow until you are
able to escape into a doorway or up a side street or
alley. It may also be advantageous to stay with the
crowd until you are certain you can safely escape
because it will help you remain inconspicuous and
improve your odds of survival if shots are fired. Think of crowd movement
like currents in the ocean. In a large riot, the crowd
in the middle will be moving faster than the people
on the perimeters. Thus, if you find yourself in the
middle, you should not try to move in a different
direction, but follow the flow and slowly make
your way to the outside. This requires patience in
order to work properly. Never move against the
flow of a crowd, even if a stampede begins - this is
how many people are seriously injured in peaceful
crowds. If you get caught up in a stampede,
try to move in a diagonal direction, with the flow,
towards the edges of the stampede. Avoid falling to
the ground under any circumstances.
Avoid major roads.
Major roads, squares, and other high traffic areas
are likely to be crowded with rioters. If possible,
stick to less-traveled side streets to avoid the mobs. Travel at night
If you can’t avoid to travel, do it preferably on
moonless or overcast (cloudy) nights. Don’t walk
across big, open or well lit places.
Avoid public transportation.
Buses, subways, and trains will likely be out of
service, and stations and depots will probably
be packed with people. Even if you succeed in
getting on a train or bus, rioters may stop it.
Subway stations are particularly bad places to be,
both because they are generally difficult to escape
and because riot control agents (tear gas for example)
are generally heavier than air and may drift down
into subway stations and accumulate there. Don’t stop your car.
If you’re lucky enough to have a car that you can
drive away from the riot, drive quickly and try not
to stop for anything until you’ve reached someplace
you know is safe. Drive through or around
crowds that block your escape route at a moderate
speed. If you honk your horn and drive by carefully
they should get out of the way. Keep the car doors
locked and the windows rolled up.
Driving towards Police lines can be interpreted
by the Police as a preparation to use the car as a
weapon against them. Police are trained and prepared
to protect themselves against deadly threats
meaning that you may be shot at if they think you
are going to run them down with a car. Wait for the
police to signal you to approach before doing so.
Activist may precieve your cars as a threat as there
have been numerous cases of irate non-participants
running down protesters. Any pushing though
the crowd should be done with the demeanor of
patience, aggression may lead to an attempt to disable
your car before it is used as a weapon.
Get inside and stay inside.
Typically riots occur in the streets or elsewhere
outside. Being inside, especially in a large, sturdy
structure, can be your best protection to weather
the storm such as a basement or an interior doorway
to hide from the mob. Keep doors and windows
locked, avoid watching the riot from windows
or balconies, and try to move to inside rooms,
where the danger of being hit by stones or bullets is
minimized. Try to find at least two possible exits in
case you need to evacuate the building in a hurry.
Try to contact police or your country’s consulate
to let them know where you are, and be on the
lookout for signs of fire. If the building is set on fire
get out quickly. If rioters are targeting the building
and gain entry, try to sneak out or hide.
your safety when confrontations are unavoidable Tear gas
• Check the wind and move against the wind.
• Spread information about where to go amongst
the protestors on the streets.
• Never go out without masks - even the paper
masks handed out at doctor’s offices or masks
used to cover nose and mouth when gardening
will provide some protection.
• Wear synthetic fibers at best (Ex. Nylon, Acrylic,
Polyester). Tear gas will not stay on clothing
made of these.
• Fabric doused with vinegar will help neutralize
• If you have some, take physiological serum
(saline solution - contact solution, available at
most pharmacies) with you (rinse eyes with it, it
will wash them without burning). If you cannot
find any saline solution, flush your eyes VERY
WELL with clean cold water. Thoroughly rinse
off any areas of exposed skin as well.
• Diving masks hold off a lot. Riot cops and Rubber Bullets
• Use trash can lids as shields to protect yourself
• If you can use skiing, motorcycle or motocross
equipement to soften the impact of rubber bullets
and police clubs
• If you don’t have anything like this, use adult diapers
and plastic box lids to protect genitals and chest.
• Don’t wear anything too heavy or too unconfortable,
because your running speed in light equipement
is your key advantage against heavy equiped
• Riot cops usually wear facial protection, like
gas masks etc. if a fight is inevitable, use spray
paint to hinder their sight, so you can escape.
• In general the final stage of defense for a government
is to use live ammunition against its citizens. If it
is used the regime is nearing its end.
• Normally it is not used to kill, but to injure
people. Because in a crowd of 100 protesters,
one dead leaves 99 operational. One injured
occupies at least 20 of them, and the cries of
the injured will strike terror in the hearts of
the others. Their morale will suffer and they
become easier to subdue.
• If someone is injured assign two or three people
to transport him out of immediate danger.
• Get him or her to an ambulance, medical
personnel or the nearest person with a first aid kit.
• Always talk to the injured person: Tell them
that you will see to it that they’ll get fixed up.
Under any circumstances don’t do anything
that well lead them to panic i.e. crying, yelling
etc. This will avoid unwanted attention by
enemy forces, and keep the morale up.
• Good treatment of the injured will motivate more
protesters to stay and fight.
• In case life ammo is used to kill, GET OUT OF
• Retreat by using cars, cellar entrances, garden
walls, anything you can u
additional security tips
• Have a plan. A meeting place and some sort
of escape route should be prepared in case of
emergency. Have local maps and a compass on
hand. Satellite dishes are faced to the Equator.
• Try and remain calm and focused. Remember
to eat, drink and sleep when you need to. Your
body will give you hints, do not fight against
• Learn to recognise signs of low blood sugar,
exhaustion and dehydration in yourself and
others, as well as signs of heatstroke. Also
learn to recognise symptoms of asthma attacks
and other similar issues, and what to do about
• Assist the injured in moving wherever possible.
Even a short walk can turn a minor sprain into
a major one. Learn how to improvise stretchers
or move people safely if
they are too injured
to walk with
• Avoid making journeys by car unless you are
a VERY confident and skilled driver and know
your vehicle well and are able to maintain
it. The last thing you need is a flat tire in the
middle of a riot.
• If you must travel on foot, travel light - carry
only what you absolutely require for the journey.
Carrying large backpacks or bags can make you
stand out, and carrying extra weight may make
it more difficult to move quickly if you need to
• If you are in or traveling through an area you’re
not familiar with, make good use of a road map
or street directory, or ask locals (carefully) for
• Stay away from gunfire and sounds of violence
rather than seeking to investigate. If you must
investigate, do it discreetly; ask around for
information rather than trying to acquire it
• Designated non verbal signals and codes need
to be known to all members of the group
- chalked signs on walls can be helpful, or
whistles, hand and arm signals, etc
• Help those you can but do not endanger yourself
or your group by doing so.
• Find and collect fire extinguishers and fire blankets.
Make sure everyone knows where they
are kept and how to use them. Do not steal fire
fighting equipment if it is in a populated location.
• Build a barricade and maintain watch at all
points of entrance to the area in which you are
staying. Form compounds with individuals you
trust and create a barrier of flat visible ground.
• Make a barricade of cars on neighbouring
streets. Always have a vehicle ready in case
someone needs medical attention. Refrigerators,
washing machines, and other heavy
equipment are also useful components of such
• Do not trust barricades as safe protection
against gun fire. Fill bags with sand or dig
trenches for some additional protection but do
not trust your life to such things.
• If you must fight, it is best to do so inside buildings,
where guns have less advantage - they
can’t just move far away and keep shooting.
• DO NOT TRY TO FIGHT MEN WHO HAVE GUNS
OR ANY WEAPONS. REMAIN CALM AND
REFRAIN FROM SUDDEN MOVEMENTS IN
THE PRESENCE OF ANY ARMED ADVERSARIES
WHO ARE NOT A DEFINITE THREAT.
• Protection begins with protecting yourself.
• Ensure that you have adequate head protection
(even a saucepan is something, but a hardhat
or bicycle/motorcycle helmet is best) but the
minimum is a baseball cap or other hat.
• Safety goggles for the eyes if available, or
sunglasses if it’s all you can find.
• A kerchief for the nose and mouth.
• Good solid shoes that are comfortable for
walking long distances. Steelcaps/Steel Toe/
Steel Shank boots, will protect your feet
from broken glass, nails, and even possibly
an electrocution (because of the rubber
sole), they are however very dangerous in
cold weather as steel toes will draw in the
cold air, not insulate as well, and possibly
lead to frostbite and/or lost toes. If borrowing
shoes, ensure that they are the right size
as blisters can get infected very quickly and
will hinder you. If you are prone to blisters,
• Your area is more likely to be avoided by hostile
groups if they perceive the possibility of
organized and substantial resistance.
• When in doubt, retreat to a safer location (the
high ground where possible). Ensure that those
you trust all agree on a fall back location in
case of a chaotic situation.
• Don’t be an hero. Dying in the frantic attempt
to save two, kills three. Try to stay level-headed
and analyze situations before you act.
• Make noise to alert other neighbors to threats.
Ensure that all are aware of what such noises
indicate. People not used to the sound may
mistake fireworks for gunfire. Make a distinctive
sound: use a whistle, vuvuzella, kazoo or
cowbell, you can even learn to whistle yourself.
Any loud instrument
can also be a good
apply paper tape (tape used to hold dressings
in place; can be found at most pharmacies)
or band-aids to areas where you
normally get blisters before you leave.
• Socks, make sure you have a couple of pairs
of socks. If your feet get wet they become
very prone to blisters and sores. To prevent
this from happening, change your socks if
your feet are wet.
• Stay in a place where you can see the surrounding
area and be seen by your squad.
• Never separate from the group alone - use the
• For enhanced protection, groups within local
communities should stay together.
• Inform others what you are doing and share
information with them - organize and maintain
contact with other neighborhoods.
• Write down license plate numbers and other
vehicle info (color, make, model, etc.) in case
of suspicious activity. The number of occupants,
general ages, genders, etc., are useful as well.
Make photographs/videos of hostile people
with your mobile phone discreetly.
• Stay cool and avoid all arguments and fights,
you are on a peaceful defensive course of action,
not an offensive one.
• Organise a shift system to keep watch around
• Be visible: wear a white/green head band so
military can distinguish you.
• Never wear military camouflage - you don’t
want to be mistaken
as a mercenary.
• Make sure your
battery is fully
charged and operating.
Keep some coins on-hand
or try to acquire a phone card (if these are
available in your country), and note locations
of public phones and their availability. If you
can, get a satelite cell phone.
only when safety has been regained. If it is safe,
contact other witnesses to verify information.
• The source from which you obtained this
document will have further documents for you
soon; these will provide technical instructions on
advancing the revolution once initial security is
established. Other forms of aid will be sent in
the coming weeks. In the meantime, build your
neighborhood alliances and communications
networks. Please share with as many other
people as you can. Maintain a network for
this process but do so in a way that does not
endanger anyone in the case of infiltration by
government forces. Don’t write down names,
or even Internet handles, email adresses, etc. -
anything that can be used to identify a person.
• Post look out guards when others are sleeping.
Work in short shifts (3-4h), but ensure everyone
has adequate sleep - a sleepy guard isn’t watchful,
and sleepy people make mistakes easily.
Older people and children will need much more
sleep - remember to account for this.
• Trade contact numbers with other groups like
yours so that you may support each other with
information and protection. Remember: information
is the most fundamentally important
• Always have emergency phone numbers on
hand. Everyone must know what to do in case
of problems and where to go (nearest hospital,
home of a relative, etc).
• Learn how to use a dial-up modem to get to the
internet and how to use international dial-up
• If you see atrocities try to record and report
them to the international media (but only after
safely informing neighbors for their protection).
Date, time, place, who the parties involved
were, what it was about and what happened.
If you have web access, you may leave reports
on any Anonymous-run message board. Have
someone in your neighborhood who is internet
savvy be in charge of further distribution, but
• NEVER provoke! What might be okay in a stable
society will get you in deep trouble in times
when there is no backed law enforcement.
• Wear a wedding ring or wedding band,
even if not married.
If you cannot avoid it
• Prevent beeing transported to a secondary
site, use passive resistance, try to stay put
• Yell “FIRE”, not “help”, as more people will
react to it.
• Use your head and assess the situation,
don’t waste your energy.
• If you’re pinned wait for an opportunity to
• If you fight aim for the eyes, throat or genitals,
The best protection against rape is not to get in
a situation where it could happen
• Never go out alone (day or night)
• Try to appear undesirable and unattractive,
but do not look helpless, or unable to
• Wear clothes that cover most of your skin,
clothing that is hard to remove for attackers,
but do not hinder you while running
fast, or climbing a fence.
• Wear: jeans, belt, turtleneck etc.
• Do not wear: Skirts
• Wear decent shoes that you can run in, like
sneakers or light boots
• Never leave public places, and don’t let
people isolate you
• Don’t trust new friends
how to deal with exceptional situations
That reduces the time you are exposed to guns and
knifes, and there is less time in which you could get
killed, injured or have the situation escalate.
The best way to avoid beeing robbed or your
house looted is not to raise any desires to do so:
• Don’t brag about your food reserves, your
money or anything you might have that
• Don’t trust new people
• Hide valuable things in different places,
so if someone threatens you, you can give
them what they want and still have secure
looting and robbery
Generally, if they don’t want to take your life,
body parts or rape you (especially if they are
armed) the best way out
is to give the robbers
what they want.
se as cover while you
noticing first signs
Revolutions don’t just happen instantly over night,
they develop over long periods of struggle. So keep
your eyes and ears open for signs of a coming
uprising, such as:
• Civil unrest prior to riots in the major cities.
• Politicians and media blatantly lying about the
most obvious developments.
• Censorship of social networks such as Twitter
or Facebook. This may not be entirely obvious
at first but when the sites are blocked completely
the warnings are clear (with excuses like child
• Censorship of old media such as newspapers
and television (non-regime critical press).
• Arrests of political oppositon leaders (In Tunisia
the leaders of the Pirate Party were rounded
up and imprisoned without charge. The prison
was subsequently burnt down with many
people dying inside).
• In times of crisis many rumours will spread
around and fear mongering is rampant. Be
calm, think before you act, act rashly.
• The #Hashtag of your country, or name of your
political leader is trending worldwide on Twitter.
• Friends and family members living abroad may
try to contact you to check if you are alright.
Buy food, water and medical supplies. Stores will
be closed and you may not get any supplies when
the riots reach your town. A 20 kg bag of rice can
keep a person alive for 6 months. If there is no rice
available, other dry grains, potatoes, noodles, dried
pasta or lentils, as well as lots of canned food will
You will also need flour and salt. Locate a secure
water supply - do not rely on tap water to be always
available, as damage to pipes may cut you off. Buy
water purification tablets because you may not
always be able to boil the water. Once you have a
supply of food and water you will need a dry, cool,
safe place to store it away from vermin and thieves.
To make sure everyone knows how to respond in
the event of struggles in your neighborhood, you
will want to convene a family or neighborhood
gathering or meeting to discuss this matter.
Topics of discussion should include:
Who - What - Where - Why - When :
• Nominating leaders and contact people.
• Compile a census of the members of your
group, and ensure everyone gets to know each
other (or at least recognize each other).
• What to do about power and water outages.
• How to deal with serious sicknesses and injuries.
• How to turn off water, gas and electricity at
• What to do if you must evacuate.
• Where to meet if you get separated.
• How to make a fire for cooking and warmth.
• A water supply is essential.
• If handicapped, aged or young children are
present, decide what assistance is needed and
who will be taking care of them.
• What to do in the event of a flood, fire, attack,
storms, civil upheaval.
• Compile a list of those needing special medical
attention along with all pertinent information
regarding their condition, and any medications
• Agree on what to do and how to distribute
food and water if you need or decide to share
• How to turn off the water, gas and electricity at
• What to do if you all have to evacuate.
• Where to meet if you get separated.
In addition, you should:
• Post and hand out emergency telephone numbers
and keep by the telephone.
NOTE: In a full scale revolution the police
will not help you or may even be your enemy
depending on the situation) You will also need
other emergency numbers i.e.: ambulance, fire,
etc. (may not be available or may be blocked by
• Compile a written list of contact addresses of
relatives for the people you are with.
• Teach children how and when to call for help.
• Get a Red Cross first aid kit.
• Internet access could be your only way of finding
out what is happening in your country as state
TV may be under tight control so do try to get
online. Projects like: http://cryptoanarchy.org/
wiki/Dialup_For_Egypt and Tor may be able to
help you. More resources here: http://rev11.
• Get a camera to document things, but be
covert because journalists are prone to be
attacked. If you can, get a friend to watch your
back as operating a video/still camera can be
very distracting. Use a small camera so you can
easily conceal or disguise it as something else
e.g. a packet or small box of something, a book, etc.
Food & water
Getting your food supply ready.
Have at least a four week (1 month) sufficient
supply of non-perishable food on hand. Focus on
high-nutritional foods that require no refrigeration,
preparation or cooking and little or no water.
Your food supply might include:
• Ready-to-eat canned meats, beans, fruits, or
• Canned juices, condensed or evaporated milk
(avoid fresh milk), honey, canned soups or
• High energy foods, including peanut butter, jelly,
crackers, granola bars, trail mix, dried rolled
oats, wheat, barley and other grains, dried fruit,
nuts (ensure nobody is allergic, however)
• Vitamins and mineral (like salt or magnesium)
supplements if available
• Special foods for infants, diabetics, the elderly
or people on special diets
• Comfort/stress foods, including: cookies, hard
candy, instant coffee, tea, boiled sweets, chocolate
and other non-perishable confectionery
Other essentials include:
• Extra supplies of any essential medications (like
painkillers, antibiotics, disinfectants and some
first aid kits) required as pharmacies and doctor’s
offices may no longer be open or otherwise
• Gasoline for your cars and other vehicles.
• Cash money, as banks will probably close, and
ATMs and EFTPOS may not be available.
• Some things (books, battery, firewood etc.) that
you can trade with others.
• A good torch (or several torches - one for each
person is good) and a good supply of batteries
for each. Torches that can be tied to a belt etc.
are a good idea to ensure nobody loses theirs.
• If you have children you need toys, books, simple
board games, etc. to keep them occupied.
• We recommend against alcohol and drug
consumption as these will impair your ability to
deal with such an emotionally stressful situation.
getting special assistance
Find out about any special assistance that may be
available in your community. Create a network of
neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers to aid
you in an emergency. Discuss with them your needs
and make sure they know how to operate any
If you live in an apartment building, ask the management
to clearly mark accessible exits and to
make arrangements to help you evacuate the
building. Identify people with special skills such as
doctors, nurses, bus drivers, etc.
create a “take box”
The take box should have everything you need to
reconstruct your life in the event you evacuate
and everything is lost. Passports; birth, wedding,
adoption, divorce, and armed service separation
certificates; copies of insurance policies; mortgage
information; house and car title; large purchase
receipts. You get the idea. If you have a scanner,
save yourself space and heartbreak by scanning
family albums and images of other keepsakes, burn
those to CD and keep a copy in your take box, or
make a copy of all your pictures, videos, music and
documents on a external hard drive that you can
keep in your take box. But remember that CDs can
malfunction. Make sure you take along the original
documents - if possible, make copies of them and
host them online using Photobucket or Imageshack.
First aid kit
Learn how to use it, and make sure it is well
stocked. Get a first aid manual and a kit that will
allow you to stop bleeding, disinfect and treat cuts
and wounds large and small. In Vietnam soldiers
often used tampons to plug bullet hole wounds
for example. If there is any on hand, most stronger
spirits (vodka, etc.) can be used to clean wounds,
but CLEAN running water will do if there is nothing
else. Scarves and bandanas can be used as bandages,
as can bedsheets.
In general, use common sense and learn what to
do for various injuries. Take stock of other common
items which may have novel uses.
• Band together into small squads of known
friends. That way you recognize infiltrators, like
fake civilians, as was seen at the G20 summit in
Canada. (Watch for pieces of police uniforms
like police shoes usually black boots, they tend
to stay in little violent groups.)
• Wear white/green head bands so military
personnel can recognize you - Be visible.
• Do not let children go outdoors unless you are
certain that it is safe and do not let them out of
your sight. A bandana as a head band is a handy
article because it is multi-purpose.
• Stay with any elderly or disabled people or children
who are out in the street, as they may be lost
or disoriented and may need assistance.
• Contact and join forces with groups in other
neighborhoods. Each neighborhood should act
as an independent squad, but should always be
ready to assist others in the area.
• Always be on guard with as many people as
possible. Ask trustworthy members of the
military to help you reinforce your groups by
adding soldiers to each of them or staying
in contact with one of your group members
designated for that purpose.
• Collaborative mapping: Use paper (to draw
a map) or a city map or street directory, and
mark dangerous/safe places on it as well as
places where assistance is available, water taps,
etc. To share this information use Google Earth
(if you are able to connect to the Internet).
Do not use this for sensitive information that
should be detained from government forces,
as anyone can view the map.
• If there is mobile phone service, designate one
person as a contact for anyone who is lost or
who has become separated from the group.
Agree on places to meet up if the group is
separated that are safe, but visible (e.g. a parking
lot or an easily-recognised friend’s house).
• DO NOT USE MOBILE PHONES TO PLAN
OPERATIONS IF THE GOVERNMENT AND
SECURITY FORCES ARE YOUR ENEMIES.
They will be tracked and monitored.
Protesting violent opponents
“Out of Control” protest behavior Concept
The concept of “Out of Control” is based on a decentralized
organisation structure and uncontrolled
movements of the crowd, as well as surrounding
police lines and then suddenly appear as a crowd,
similar to a flashmob. The protest participants try to
spread out and reunite at a different places to try
to hide the borders between protesters in an environment
with this behaviour. Target
A close protest can be controlled and steered quite
easy by the police. This concept tries to make the
analysis of a protest and its flow difficult for the
police. Black Blocking
The Black Block does not need to
be affiliated with any group or ideology, it is simply
a tactic, and it WORKS. This is both a defense and
offensive tactic. Similar clothing
• Makes it harder to identify individuals
• Makes the mob appear larger than it really is
• Protects identity (‘Guy Fawkes’ mask popularized
by “V for Vendetta”)
Protect identity. -- If the regime stays in power and
your face is recognised during a protest, you can
expect repression, imprisonment or even death.
Keep your identity hidden when in public! Sunglasses
and a scarf over your nose and mouth is a simple
means of hiding your identity; if you manage to get
hold of mask, then use it. Ensure that you cover any
particularly identifying features (e.g. tattoos, scars,
birthmarks). If possible, bring extra masks for people
who don’t have one. Protect yourselves against
tear gas inhalation/irritation. Add water or vinegar
to help with skin irritations caused by tear gas
exposure; pour some physiological serum (saline
solution) in the eyes to wash them. Tactics
Whether advancing or retreating pull debris (trash
cans, dumpsters, burning tires/cars, etc.) behind
your path. This will slow down APCs, Police, allowing
you (being on foot) to maintain mobility. If there
are vehicles nearby, usually two or three people
can push a normal-sized car easily - you will only
need one person to steer it and block off narrow
alleys or parts of roads with it. DON’T GET TRAPPED
If you hear someone saying you are going to get
boxed in repeat the message down the line to
Listen to where the observation/basement teams
tell you to go and go to exactly where they tell you
to go. And when they tell you to get out of there,
leave the area immediately.
Their job is to prevent you from entering situations/
areas that could get you trapped and subsequently
in jail or worse!
Be Smart: Be Careful
There is safety in numbers. Try your best to stay
around friends and watch one another’s backs at all
Avoid getting separated. Use caution when dealing
with and speaking to people whom you do not
know. In the event that you are separated, stay
where you are if it is safe. Once again, ensure that
you and your friends have agreed to a meetingplace
if seperated, and a contact person if you are
caught or otherwise unable to leave an area.
People claiming to support your cause, but whom
you do not know personally could be infiltrator
spies. Avoid revealing your identity to them.
Make sure no one other than the communications
operator of the team is communicating through the
radio channel you are utilizing. Be cautious about
using public phones; mobile networks may not
always be available so ensure you have a backup
method if you are relying on phone networks.
It could cause a breach of security if undesirables
(police or other authorities) are spying on your
Have a designated meet up place or two, and a
designated time if anyone get’s separated from the
main group. Use sun up or sundown for an easy
meeting time. Do not place your meeting site near
well-known landmarks; it’s very probable that this
is where security forces will look first.
This place should also have a message drop that is
concealed (such as a letterbox, hole in a wall, hol-
AND WHATEVER HAPPENS:
STAY TOGETHER AND WATCH OUT FOR ZOMBIES
Essential checklists Checklist: communications
The phone/address books are of friends and family
so that you can look them up after the worst has
passed. If phones are not working you may have to
travel to their home to check on them.
You will also need equipment to connect to the
internet in various ways to let the world know what
*Keep these items in waterproof containers. Many
survival and camping stores sell fl at, water tight
pouches. If you have a food vacuum sealer, this is
another great use for it!
[_] Addresses of friends/family
[_] CB Radio
[_] Cell phone
[_] Computer (notebook, netbook)
[_] Frequency lists/books
[_] Map of your local area
[_] Modems (56k, ISDN, 3G, WiFi equipment)
[_] Phone numbersof friends/family
[_] Pre-addressed, stamped postcards
[_] Radio (hand cranked)
[_] Road Flares
[_] Short-wave Radio
[_] Signal Flares
[_] Signal Mirror
[_] Signal Whistle Checklist: documents
[_] bank account numbers
[_] birth, death, marriage certifi cates and
[_] charge card account numbers,
“lost or stolen” notifi cation numbers
[_] deeds and contracts
[_] house and life insurance policies
[_] inventory of valuable household items
[_] medical records including immunizations
[_] money (cash)
[_] passports, where pertinent for each
[_] social security numbers
[_] stocks and bonds
[_] Vaccination records Checklist: first aid supplies
[_] Ace bandage
[_] Band aids
[_] Bandages (Ace) elastic
[_] Bandages, gauze,
[_] Bandages, gauze,
[_] Bandages, burns (Second Skin)
[_] Bandages Triangular
[_] Birth supply kit
[_] Burn Dressings Assorted
[_] Butterfly closures/Leukostrips
[_] Cotton Balls
[_] Cotton Swabs
[_] Eye pads
[_] First aid manual
[_] Gauze 2”
[_] Gauze 3”
[_] Latex gloves
[_] SAM splint
[_] Scissors, Surgical pointed
[_] Snake bite kit
[_] Space Blankets
[_] Sterile pads
[_] Surgical tape
[_] Tongue Depressors
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