History has taken some strange turns in the past, so we can easily imagine that martial law is the next of those turns. In case you don’t know what it is, martial law refers to a period during which the government imposes the military with the obligation of restoring order and enforcing local laws in a given community. Civil liberties are highly reduced during this time; military personnel can search the homes of citizens without getting a warrant, and they can even take citizens out of their homes and detain them. During periods of martial law, the constitution is suspended. The government will declare martial law during times of war, insurrection, rebellion, and riots that cannot be controlled.
You might be wondering how you can survive situations in which martial law is imposed. Well, the first rule is to make a plan for evacuation. Depending on how safe your community is, it might be that even martial law won’t save you—so, in that case, you’d have to escape. Make sure all the members of your household are familiar with your plan and understand how it works. Also ensure that you have special procedures in place for those of you who are elderly and/or who have disabilities, as well as for any pets that you have.
Under martial law, don’t draw any suspicion to yourself. Even disregarding the fact that the military have more power than they ought to have, there are some soldiers who are corrupt, regardless of how much (or how little) power they’ve been given. Military personnel will note what’s suspicious about you, and they’ll bring you to detention, court or jail over it—even if they’re wildly overreacting or, worse yet, they’re just creating problems when there aren’t any. Don’t do anything that would cause people to look at you twice, and don’t give any lip to the officers. Find out what information you can, but don’t give people any reason to question you.
Further, get trained in the art of handling weapons. You and your family must learn how to use a firearm, as well as proper firearm handling techniques (e.g., always handle firearms with care, and always act like there are bullets inside). Keep your firearms—and your ammo—in storage.
Similarly, you’ll want to store other supplies as well. Of course you’ll need food and water, but don’t neglect tools, ether—tools for general usage, like axes and knives; tools for getting water, building shelters, and starting fires; and even tools and seeds for gardening, should you be forced to start life anew somewhere else.
And finally, remember that you can’t trust anyone aside from your family and closest friends. Your favorite neighbor could turn into your worst enemy in the span of a few days. There’s no guarantee that government officials can be trusted, either; they might just be pretending to be friendly so that they can get something from you. Also, when the officials tell you things, don’t take what they say at face value; they could be telling you a partial version of the truth—or lying outright. Minitruth is very much a reality in America—and this propensity will only increase in a time of martial law.
So, there you have it: several tips you can use to protect you and your family from martial-law situations. While none of them are a 100% guaranteed, employing multiple tips at the same time will certainly spare you trouble—and might even save your life. So, go forth with this knowledge that might help you someday…but let’s all hope that things never get to that point.