Civil Breakdown – How Ready Are You?

“Civil Breakdown” is another DVD in the Make Ready to Survive series from Panteao Productions. This one is timely in the wake of events last summer in Ferguson, MO, and recently in Baltimore, MD. And more may be on the way.

Of course, civil unrest could happen at any time–when and where we least expect it. Unrest doesn’t have to be caused by agitators. It may happen in the aftermath of a natural disaster, like Hurricane Katrina.

If you’ve engaged in conversation with like minded preppers, you’ve likely discussed the chances for chaos and martial law. You’ve pondered and perhaps planned what to do if it comes about. Will you mow down the zombie hoardes? Will you stay to the end to defend your property, or will you get out of Dodge?

My late friend Gerald Franz talked frequently about such things. It’s refreshing to me to see them discussed so seriously in a thoughtful way in a format available to all. We could each use a brutal look at what could be reality, whether we like it or not.

An Overview

Make Ready to Survive - Civil Breakdown

 

Run time for this DVD is a little more than an hour and a half, and chapters are mostly short. Material covered includes…

  • Proper Planning for Survival
  • Civil Unrest and Riot Planning
  • Firearm Selection
  • Carriers, Load Bearing Vests and Gear
  • Survival Optics
  • Defending from Vehicle and Setup
  • Assessing the Situation
  • Using Current Technology to Plan for Future
  • Martial Law
  • Neighborhood Defense
  • Advanced Care & Civil Unrest
  • Communications Between Neighbors

Permit a few general observations before getting into issues and questions raised in “Civil Breakdown.”

Most of the instructors in this video have military backgrounds, and you’ll pick up on that when you hear their discussion and see their demonstrations. As with the other presentations in this series, these men are easy going and friendly.

What you get is a common sense approach to the subject matter. No hype. No fear. But this DVD doesn’t beat around the bush about what you’ll have to deal with if there’s a civil breakdown where you live.

As I’ve noted elsewhere, there is some overlap in some of the subjects covered in these videos. For a more complete picture, you’ll want to have more than this DVD in the series. My reviews of the DVD’s released to date are linked below.

The chapters on assessing the situation and using technology are to the point and share advice I think many of us already know. The technology section covers pros and cons of what’s available online.

The chapter on communications is brief and barely covers the subject. I think it would also have fit in better after the sections on neighborhood defense or technology use. The chapter on martial law should have appeared earlier in the video, since that’s a subject of concern to many.

Of course, you can watch chapters in whatever order you like.

A Closer Look

I won’t try to summarize everything in “Civil Breakdown.” Instead, I’ll mention several subjects covered and questions you’ll need to ponder in order to be better prepared.

Your Plans

Big questions are raised, right from the start. The message comes through plainly. Avoid trouble as much as is possible. That doesn’t mean being unprepared. What do past events tell you about what to expect in your area?

When is it time to fight or get out of the way? Should you be prepared to kill an assailant? Or should you merely disable him? What does your local law enforcement have to say about this?

Whatever you do, don’t be the cause of trouble or aggravate it. Avoid riots and insurrection. Keep in mind, mobs have no rules.

The importance of having a plan can’t be overemphasized. If you’re caught at work, how will you get back home? Do you have an escape plan? What alternatives for transportation do you have? How will you communicate with those close to you?

Your Guns

A more comprehensive look at this topic is covered in the DVD in this series called “Firearm Selection.” However, important considerations are dealt with in this one.

What firearms should you use when necessary? What about protective gear?

Ever seen a desk calendar that doubles as a bullet proof shield? The demo of it is impressive.

As with other DVD’s in this series, since firearms are discussed, you’ll see extra disclaimers and the gun safety rules at the beginning, before you’re given the option to play the DVD.

Your Optical Options

The first fundamental point made in the section on optics is the necessity for eye protection. You’re in big trouble if your eyes are damaged.

The section goes on to demonstrate binoculars, range finders, night vision and thermal devices. The latter items are costly. Save your dollars if you really want one of them.

Your Vehicle

Did you know yourcar or truck is a big weapon? Don’t relinquish it if possible. But what do you do if you’re victimized by a carjacker? Where should you have your concealed firearm? What can you do to distract your assailant until you can do what you need to do to save your life?

When in your vehicle, where should you have your bug out bag? Firearms and ammo? Both should be kept safely, but accessible.

Your Response During Martial Law

Kyle Harth talks about the difference between support help from federal law enforcement and when the feds are declared to be in charge. It’s an important distinction. In either situation, be sure to know what’s expected of you.

If you must evacuate, do you have a plan? Do you have adequate fuel, food and water to go to a safe location? Then what about coming back home when things have calmed down?

Your Neighborhood

Ever thought of slowing traffic or creating your own checkpoint as a means of defending your neighborhood when things get rough? Cutting down a tree or two should work.

Are you prepared to work together with your neighbors to keep the neighborhood safe? That annoying busybody down the street could be a real asset in times of turmoil.

Your Medical Readiness

You may be called on to help provide advanced medical care. Injuries aren’t going to merely be sprains or cuts and scrapes. Injuries will likely be caused by other people and may include stab wounds, bullet wounds and head trauma.

Be ready with first aid supplies. Have medical manuals on hand, including a military medical book. This is one time when knowledge is definitely power.

Wrapping It Up

One of the beauties of having the Make Ready to Survive DVD’s is that you can review the material as often as you like, at any time you like.

Also, not only can you get “Civil Breakdown” in DVD form, but you can subscribe to view it online. You can access it on your mobile device, too.

Panteao Productions also gives subscribers discounts on annual subscriptions and a 100% money back guarantee. So you have nothing to lose.

Find the Make Ready to Survive series by going to http://panteao.com/survive/.

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View my reviews of the other video presentations by clicking on the following titles. A new window opens with each link.

 

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.