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Becoming Invisible During an Emergency

Becoming Invisible During An Emergency

Generally, when a disaster or emergency occurs, people do their best to help one another. If you live in a small town, the suburbs, or a rural area, it is likely that a spirit of community will become apparent when trouble strikes, and people will pull together to help one another. However, if you live in a major metropolitan area, or in a suburb adjacent to a large city, you may well want to become "invisible" to other people. While a disaster can often bring out the best in people, it can also bring out the worst, and keeping out of sight is sometimes the best option.

Living In A City

Cities can become very dangerous places after a major emergency has occurred. Looters and other thieves are often out, and riots are not unlikely. Probably the best thing to do when a disaster has occurred in a city is to leave. However, this is not always an option, as many city dwellers do not have a vehicle and the roads during an evacuation can become so congested that progress stalls. If you live in a city, probably the best thing you can do is to become invisible. The less others see of you, the better, it will serve to keep you and your family from being targets for criminals.

In order to stay out of the sight of others, it will help greatly if you have a good supply of emergency water and food in your home. Most people will not have such a backup and will be out roaming around for supplies. If you have enough to keep your family supplied for at least a week, there will be little reason for you to go outside at all.

Emergency lighting and heating will also help to keep everyone more comfortable during a citywide emergency. If the situation continues to deteriorate, you may have to use some means to defend your home. Tasers or pepper spray gel are good ways to disable an intruder without causing any permanent harm.


While humans are often consumed with a desire to communicate things to their fellows, when you are assembling your emergency supplies keep your mouth shut. Desperate situations can cause even ordinarily quiet and law-abiding people to act out of character, especially if they need food or water. If you or others in your family have been talking about how many supplies you have been putting by, it is probable that you will be visited by neighbors in search of what they need to live, and they will probably not be asking politely. Besides keeping quiet about your preparations, instruct all others in the household to refrain from talking about your emergency supplies, especially children.

If you live in an apartment building where it might be impossible to conceal your emergency preparations, try to involve the whole building. Neighbors who share a common goal and have also taken care to provide for emergency supplies are little likely to try to take yours.