Preparing for a Riot
Introduction to Riots
Riots in the United States
States With Frequent or Notorious Rioting
New York: A number of infamous riots have occurred in New York, specifically New York City, throughout most of American history. New York City has been the site of deadly riots as far back as the Civil War, and it is still one of the areas that is most likely to relapse into rioting.
- California: The city of Los Angeles in particular is infamous for its destructive riots.
- Illinois: Many of the worst riots in Illinois take place in Chicago.
- New Jersey: Some truly destructive riots have occurred in Newark, New Jersey.
- Seattle: Seattle's urban areas have fallen victim to rioting throughout its history.
- Michigan: Detroit has been the site of numerous riots.
Supplies for Riot Preparedness
Helmet: Ideally, people involved in riots should have protection for their heads.
- Eye protection: Wearing glasses is better than wearing contacts if riots are afoot. Even something as simple as a pair of swimming goggles will form a barrier for your eyes.
- Eyewash: In the case of severe riots, they may bring out the tear gas.
- The right set of clothes: Your clothes should cover as much of your body as possible. They should also look like civilian clothing, since looking like a soldier could get you attacked. Try to avoid wearing clothes that are too dark, or police officers are more likely to assume that you are involved with the riot.
- Cell phone: Many people today carry cell phones with them at all times anyway, but if there's one time that you do not want to forget your cell phone, it's during a riot.
Staying Safe During a Riot
During all types of disasters, some physical locations are simply safer than others. Open fields are some of the worst places to be during tornadoes. It's best to go underground during a tornado. Similarly, it is best to remain indoors during a riot, or get to a safe house of some kind during a riot. Riots primarily occur outdoors on the streets, or wherever else they happen to spread as they run their course. Waiting out the riot inside will go a long way toward protecting yourself from physical harm. Even if you do find yourself in the vicinity of an outdoor riot, there are still things that you can do to increase your chances of getting out unharmed.
- Try to reach your safe house as quickly as possible. Almost any building will probably be preferable to taking your chances outside.
- As with any other disaster, maintain your distance from the windows and doors, which you should close, lock, and secure if possible. People can throw almost anything during riots, and windows can constitute an unfortunate gateway to the outdoor chaos.
- Knowing the area in your city can save your life. People that are very familiar with a given set of streets will stand a much better chance of escape.
- Avoid participating in the riot in any way, and keep to the periphery of the riot.
- Stick to areas with less traffic, since streets that are normally busy streets will soon become the sites of riots.
What to Do After a Riot
Even being involved in a riot peripherally is extremely stressful. Give yourself some downtime afterward in order to recuperate. On a larger level, it can take a long period of time for urban areas to fully bounce back from a riot.
- Visit your physician or clinic if you believe that you have sustained any injuries.
- Monitor the news coverage however you can, both during and after the riot.
- Try to assess the damage to your home or belongings, if any, to prepare yourself for the repairs.
- Get a sense of who was hurt in the process of the riot, to see if you can help anyone you know, or if anything in your immediate life is going to change as a result.