Being in a war zone or a terrorist-controlled area is a very dangerous situation
to be in. Ideally, you should be doing your best to leave the area as soon as you
can. There is no manual available for reference to show survival scenarios as they
are unpredictable and highly volatile.
Unlike preparing for blizzards and hurricanes, where you have an idea of what is
likely to happen, with terrorism and war, you’ll never really know what is going
to be blown up, where threats will be, what roads will be blocked and so on.
So, you’ll need to respond and react while on the go. You have to keep your wits
about you and act logically without your mind being clouded by panic and fear.
This in itself is a monumental task. For you, now your work starts!
Below you’ll find a list of tips to follow. They’re in no particular order of
importance and there is no sequence here… just like how war zones and ground
zeroes are. A mess and with no order.
Let’s look at the pointers. Mind you, some may seem silly or just plain natural.
1. Stay hidden
If you can’t escape in time, stay hidden in your house or in the shadows. Avoid
going out in the daytime. Being seen is never a good idea. You may be stopped,
interrogated or captured. It’s best to keep a low profile.
2. Food and water
These are your most important needs. In some cases, you may need medicine too
if someone in the family needs a regular dosage. Hopefully, you have supplies
stored away and you can rely on those. Always salvage and store as much food
and water as you can.
3. Turn your house into a fortress
Get blast curtains if you can. Add more locks to your doors. It must be like a
fortress that’s too much of a chore to enter. Make your house look shabby and
worn down on the outside. Spray graffiti on the walls outside your house and
make the entire place look like it’s uninhabited. This will deter soldiers or
terrorists from checking it out. Do not keep your garden neat and tidy. Toss out
old, unwanted stuff from your house onto your lawn. This will further make your
living area look like a dump.
4. Know your area well
Even if you’re new to a neighborhood, drive around it often until you know which
roads lead where. This will allow you to escape much faster should there be
trouble. Escaping quickly requires you to have an evacuation route. The goal is
to get out before roadblocks and checkpoints are set up.
5. Learn first aid
It’s best to have a well-stocked first-aid kit and you should have first aid
skills that will help you treat wounds, etc. It’s easy to get injured during a
war by rubble, rough roads, etc. Not to mention gunshots or accidentally
knocking into objects while running for your life. First aid skills are crucial.
This is your best defense against terrorist and enemy occupiers. If you live in
a country that allows the use of firearms for self-defense, always get training
and practice on the range often. Own a few guns so that you can protect yourself
and your family.
7. Avoid using lights or making sounds in your home at night
Even if you make your house look dilapidated, using lights inside your home or
making sounds that will carry into the distance will alert threats that are
passing by. Be very mindful of this.
8. Concealment and cover are different things
When escaping a crazed gunman, seeking concealment is different from taking cover.
Hiding behind a big tree is concealment. The gunman will not be able to see you.
If he does spot you, firing a few rounds at the tree may be enough to kill you
because the rounds will or might go right through the tree trunk.
Taking cover means hiding behind something that bullets can’t go through. In the
past, soldiers used sandbags to protect themselves because the bullets could not
go through the packed sandbag. It’s a physics thing.
However, bullets can go through concrete walls, brick walls, car doors, etc.
DO NOT believe what you see in the movies. In reality, bullets can penetrate most
things. Taking cover will require you to put many objects between you and the shooter.
9. Bulletproof vests
If you can get bulletproof vests, keep them at home for emergencies such as these.
The vests will keep you extra safe.
Remember these 9 tips and stay safe. Bulletproof Your Home.