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Hiding Out In a Bunker During Marshal Law

Your bunker should be able to keep you and your family safe for several years. The best bunkers are usually underground but also in the sides of mountains or hills. The goals are to be able to get in and out with ease and for no one else to be able to find you.


Keeping your bunker a secret is the first golden rule and to do this – never carry your phone or GPS enabled device with you when you visit, even when you turn your GPS off, you may still be tracked with cell phone tower signals. Never discuss your plans with anyone outside your family and resist the temptation of sharing images or ideas on social media.

Stock your survival bunker with supplies.  Everything you would need for several years worth of living. This will include food, water, and medicine. Think about everything you and your family uses frequently over the course of a year and make sure you have everything you absolutely need.
Some items such as medicines may be difficult to acquire by legitimate means. Proper storage may also be difficult. Solid pills over liquids are better as their shelf life tends to be longer even after the expiration date. Store medicine in a cool dry place to extend potency, and remember that taking drugs after their expiration date is rarely harmful.  Prioritize your food based on expiration date. Eat whatever might expire soon first.  Tinned food and RTE meals are generally designed for long shelf lives.

In any event – where you feel your bunker will improve you and your families survival risk – get to your survival bunker as quickly as possible.  If martial law is implemented and declared you may not have time to discuss what to do next. You may think the military isn’t there yet but local law enforcement may start implementing martial law beforehand. Have everything you want or need in your survival bunker and move there as soon as humanly possible.

Keep a radio on hand to keep track of when martial law has ended. Most likely you will not be able to stay in your bunker forever. You will need to keep contact with the outside world. You need to know when it will be safe to emerge. Since batteries degrade, you may want to use a survival radio that incorporates a hand-crank for power.   Be cautious of pro-military propaganda. Know what frequencies local militias are broadcasting on and any code words. Don’t listen to just anything but wait until the militias give you the OK that civil authority has been restored.

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Being an Good Citizen During Marshal Law

Being a Good Citizen during martial law.

Identify the legitimacy of martial law and for whatever reason, martial law has been declared you are one of the citizens functioning under it. If for some reason your country has been invaded or a major natural disaster has occurred you should recognize that martial law might be best for the moment.

The soldiers have been deployed are there to maintain order and keep you safe until civilian authority can be re-established.

By showing respect and courtesy to authorities will take the focus off you and your family. The best thing you can do is assist, obey and observe. Keep your head down and don’t draw attention to yourself.

Keep everything you can’t live without on your person.

If you are being moved there may be no time to go back for your things. Have everything you need on you at all times in case you have to move immediately. Anything you might be tempted to go back for, keep on you. If there is some object too big to carry around you may have to leave it or even hide it.

Follow all directives given to you.

No matter how odd or strange. If a curfew is set, be in your quarters by then. If you are given a mealtime, don’t show up late. If certain areas are off-limits, do not go beyond the boundary. Your rights are greatly limited until civil order until it is re-established.  By pushing boundaries you will draw attention to yourself, which you do not want.

Obey orders as you are instructed.

Orders will be quick and fast and without explanation. Military personnel are given orders that they don’t even understand or agree with – however, it is their job to impose. They expect you to follow orders just as they are doing. Time-sensitive orders they may not have time to explain or their explanation which in turn may cause a panic. Trust that their goal is to protect you and any failure they would take personally.

Help others as much as you are able.

The military personnel may be short staffed. Offer to help as much as you can. You will gather their respect this way. You may then learn more about what’s going on and why things are happening as they are. If you find out important information that you have permission to share, spread the word. Make sure other people know what’s going on and hopefully everyone will be able to survive the event.

If for any reason you feel that your family’s life is in danger and that there is something more sinister reader our post on hiding out during martial law.