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.