In a post-grid down or SHTF situation, keeping a low profile will be one of the most beneficial things that you can do for yourself and your family. This is because in an SHTF situation, people will be on extra high alert and on the continuous lookout for potential threats… and it only takes them one second to look at someone and decide if you are one or not. If they decide that you are indeed a threat, you and your family will be in immediate danger.
In a disaster scenario, you don’t want to stand out. Period. You want to fly under the radar so that you can keep your essential preps to yourself and your family.
Let’s Examine Five Different Tips For How You Can Keep Under The Radar Throughout A Disaster Situation:
Tip #1 – Trust no one
One of the biggest mistakes that any prepper can make is to go out and announce to the world that they are a prepper. If you tell people that you’ve stockpiled hoards of food, water, ammunition, and medical gear, then you’ll be one of the first individuals those people think of when disaster strikes.
You may decide that it’s okay to reveal your disaster preparations to those you trust in your neighborhood. But while your next door neighbors may be nice folks now, when disaster strikes and they’re desperate for supplies and food, what’s to stop them from turning on you to feed their family? What’s more, what’s to stop them from uniting more families in the neighborhood against you? Before you know it, you have an angry mob laying siege to your home.
Don’t tell anyone, even those in your neighborhood, that you’re a prepper. Just don’t. You can’t trust them and you don’t know the kinds of people that they can turn into when disaster hits.
Tip #2 – Use you appearance to blend in
Your appearance is everything in a disaster situation. People can decide whether they like you or don’t like you in a second just based on what you’re wearing alone. You don’t want to wear anything that makes you stand out as a prepper. Tactical black and camouflage colors, mil-spec boots, tactical pants, and similar apparel should be avoided at all costs because they draw attention to you and label you as a threat and someone who has guns on them.
Look around your neighborhood and your community and pay attention to what other people are wearing. You’ll notice that t-shirts, jeans, tennis shoes, and pull over jackets are likely going to be the norm. These are the kinds of clothes that you will want to wear in a disaster situation, because it enables you to blend in with everyone else.
Tip #3 – Watch what you say in daily conversations
You may think it’s perfectly harmless to disclose that you’ve just completed stockpiling a year’s worth of food and ammunition to someone like your dentist, a colleague at work, or the cashier at the grocery store, but you’ve just revealed that you are indeed a prepper. Even though those people likely don’t live in your neighborhood, or even on your side of town, the reality is that information spreads quickly.
Now that person who you’ve told your information to will tell someone else, and then that person will tell two more people, and then those two people will each tell three people, and so on and so on. Soon, dozens if not hundreds of people in your community now know that you’re a prepper. When disaster strikes, they’re going to look you up and find out where you live… and if they’re desperate, they’ll come armed and ready to take everything that you have.
Even small hints that you are a prepper could be enough to spread the word around town that you’re a prepper. For example, going to the same sporting goods store or grocery store and buying emergency supplies or large quantities of non-perishable food and water on a regular basis is silently telling the cashier there that you’re a prepper. For all you know, they could then keep track of your name and know who to come to when the grid goes down.
Tip #4 – Don’t be a prepper on social media
It’s totally understandable if you want to use social media as a means to stay updated on the most recent prepping information. However, other people who are on social media will notice the pages that you like on Facebook or what you write about on your Twitter page, for example. Social media is simply not the way to educate yourself on prepping. Instead, read books or articles online to yourself. On social media, you want to appear as just another ordinary person.
Tip #5 – Be on high alert
Just because you’re doing everything you can do to keep a low profile doesn’t mean that you’re safe. In a SHTF situation people will prey on the weak, and while you may blend in with the crowd with the above tips, you could also be randomly selected as a target by people working together to survive.
That’s why our last tip is that you must always be on continual high alert in a post grid down scenario or disaster. Blending in with the crowd and keeping your preps to yourself does not mean that you should let your guard down. On the contrary, it should mean that you assume everyone still thinks you’re a prepper and that you need to be on extra high alert. Listen to what other people are saying, check around your house before you go to bed each night, and be on the lookout.
No one is truly safe in a grid down scenario, but those who keep a low profile and stay under the radar have a greater chance of survival than those who do not.