Avoiding “The Purge”

“Reminder: All emergency services will be suspended.” The red cross on the poster has a big black “/” through it. The promo says the support services of the nation, state, city, community, and neighborhood will be out of service for a 12-hour period during “The Purge”. The motto is: “Survive the Night.”

That was the headline for the 2013 movie The Purge. I have read about the details of the movie plot and you can, too on Wikipedia. Of course, now you can get the DVD perhaps at a Red Box, view on Netflix, or via some other video outlet. If you are the least bit paranoid about what could happen to you, your family, your home, your neighborhood, or city during a SHTF event, then you definitely need to see The Purge or read about it.

By Dr. John J. Woods, contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache

Barring missing out on the first installment, your second chance came out in 2016 with the sequel movie. “The Purge-Anarchy” looks to be more of a terror survival movie when a traveling family’s car breaks down just as the Purge is beginning to commence. Translate The Purge into the aftermath of a SHTF event and you’ll get the connection.

If you recall Hurricane Katrina at all, you may remember seeing news video on the looting, robbing, killing, and molestation going on in New Orleans days after the storm ripped across the coast. Common everyday people-turned-thugs were out in the knee-to-waist-deep waters in the streets, pushing shopping carts full of merchandise they stole from stores where they bashed in the windows. It was a total free-for-all, literally. Oh, did you happen to see any police or military in those reports? I don’t think so. Everybody was left on their own.

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If the movie The Purge or the sequel Anarchy depicts anything like what it could be in reality during a SHTF, then preppers need to see this fictional depiction just so the thought of it can be imbedded into their mind sets when doing survival planning for a Bug In or Out agenda. It gives a view of what things could be like… and it isn’t pretty.

Stay off the Purge List

The goal here, then, is to avoid the purge. A “purge” is defined so as to get rid of persons considered to be undesirable; to remove by or as if by a cleansing. Remember, too, what the left coast Latino leaders are saying now about “the old white folks” needing to just die, because they are taking over the country. That occupation is happening right now, today in America.

The purge directory is a list you don’t want to be on. So, how does one prepare, defend, and survive a purge? Read on.

The term “QT” is a somewhat obscure phrase attributed to a ballad minstrel show song from back in 1891, but there are other references to it being a line in a British ballad written back in 1870. It simply means “quiet, or quietly; in a secretive manner; clandestinely.” Danny DeVito used the slang “on the QT” several times in the movie L.A. Confidential to say everything was “hush-hush.”

Apparently “QT” is telling everybody to be quiet about something everybody already seems to know about. The point is, if you want to keep something a secret, then shut the hell up about it. This is even more essential if you are in the business of prepping. It’s your business and you best keep it to yourself or a select few others that you trust completely.

Case in point, sometime before the last presidential election, I made a big mistake with my next door neighbor. She asked me what I thought would happen and I expressed my hope that the Republican candidate would win. She remarked that what would we do if the country collapsed under the Democrat? She wanted to know if we were stocking up on food and water and such.

I told her no, I was collecting guns and ammo instead. Her eyes got real big and she says “Why are you doing that?” I replied that “Well, if it comes to where we need food and water, I’m coming to your house to get yours.” Her eyes got as big as silver dollars and she ran into the house.

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Within a minute, the husband came out laughing wanting to know what I had said tonew year's resolutions for preppers his wife. I told him the story and he laughed again. Then I paused and looked him straight in the face as serious as I could to say, “The truth is though, Richard, I was not kidding.” He quickly turned and went back in the house.

My mistake was revealing myself. Problem is he has asked more questions about any intent I have about prepping. He knows I hunt, as does he, so my having a gun is no big deal. I laugh it all off as a joke to deter him. I should have never said a word. My fear is he could tell another person or another neighbor. Let’s hope not.

Staying off the “purge” list is keeping quiet about any prepping plans you have. That includes family and close friends especially if they are not of like philosophical thinking. I know many folks are creating close knit SHTF teams as there is strength in numbers. That is great, but use discrete communication and vet your team members carefully.

There are many things you can do to maintain a low profile when conducting your prep planning, supplying and stocking up. The whole idea is not to draw any attention to yourself or your efforts. Refrain from raising any eyebrows. Keep your mouth shut as recommended, but also keep your garage doors closed down so outsiders cannot see your stock of supplies, water, or whatever. Follow usual common sense security protocols.

When having lunch with friends, co-workers or even having people over to the house is not the time to talk about having a store of ammunition, freeze-dried foods or feeling compelled to brag on your defensive tool collection, which they will likely want to see. It’s none of their business.

On the reverse side, you can always keep your ears open to hear what others are saying. It may be a good way to prospect for SHTF team members that you could potentially recruit. Just use prudent care in this process.

Be careful what message you send with things like bumper stickers or pro-hunting logos or whatever plastered on your vehicles. People do pay attention to such things. Buy your prepping magazines and books off the shelf so the mailman doesn’t see them coming to the house. Don’t practice your fire starting skills or Bug Out camping practice in the backyard in full view of neighbors or people driving by on the street.

Following federal and state laws for sure try to purchase your defensive tools off the everyday market without having to register them or creating a paper trail. This is perfectly legal in many states. You certainly do not want to break any laws that could further expose your position.

Again, refrain from discussing SHTF plans, supply accumulations, stocks of water, food, gear or anything else related to a prep plan. A good friend of mine recently told me how he keeps 50 cases of bottled water in his outdoor shop at all times, rotating it out on a regular basis. We talk prepping, but I hope he does not openly share that information with others. It could be dangerous.

Keeping off the purge list ought to be easy enough if you are careful in how you conduct or share your business. Adopt a “QT” and a “Lo-Pro” format and this should keep you in relative secrecy off the radar screen.

10 comments… add one
  • JAS October 27, 2018, 2:07 pm

    I always thought I was being pretty quiet about what i bought, but given what we have learned in the last few days about the mail being photographed, I am not sure how much is not known about me. How many cases of ammo have you has delivered to your house with the ORD markings on the box. I had a UPS driver comment awhile ago while delivering a package th a i sure bought a lot of ammo. I told him I belong to a shooting club and buy a lot in bulk for the entire club to slit up. The last few times I purchased mountain house in bulk, it came in the factory labelled cases for all to see.

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    • John October 27, 2018, 10:47 pm

      Well JAS, I guess you could send a mail bomb to someone. Then once you are caught, you could watch a CNN broadcast about how much is known about you.

      Think of it as an experiment for the rest of us. Thanks in advance.

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    • KRM October 29, 2018, 3:15 pm

      A PO box is a great way to avoid a lot of this visibility. Sure, the post office will still know you bought stuff, but no one person will associate food and ammo with your actual address (unless a postal employee looks up your record after the fact).

      If won’t stop a police investigation into your purchasing habits, but it’s a pretty cheap way to keep ammo and freeze dried food from sitting in front of your house all day long!

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  • Roger Jensen October 28, 2018, 5:35 pm

    Unfortunately, any one who purchases ammo or any ‘prepper’ supplies thru the mail is most likely on a ‘terrorist’ list anyway so why worry? The only thing you can really do is make a lot of different small caches in both close and distant places so if you’re forced out of your house (eviction notice anyone!) then you have supplies to rely on in route to a hopefully ‘safe’ location. I personally don’t think having a stationary BOL is the best idea since if your name is on the deed (or lease) then the ‘authorities’ will know where to look for you. Thus the advantage of several smaller caches (I prefer 6-gallon air/water-tight plastic buckets), at least a dozen are needed so if you ‘loose’ some you’ll still be in good shape. And yes an AR-7 does fit in a 6-gallon bucket; add a brick (500-rounds) of ammo and they are pretty reasonable priced (hint: buy more than one)! Have some sandbags (1000+) on hand to help make an interior room more bullet resistant as well several shooting positions (windows, doors), and to help stop unwanted intrusions! (Katy, bar the door!) Pre-fill the bags as this takes some time to do and reinforce the flooring under the bags; adjustable metal trailer jacks work well for this (as do sand bags)! If possible reinforce that interior room NOW and always keep some basic supplies in there with a reinforced door and door frame. Do a internet search for ‘safe’ rooms for more info. 2×4 frame houses are very poor bullet stoppers, most brick ones are not much better. Fire-fighting equipment is also a must since arson is a time proven way of evicting people from a structure! GLAHP!

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  • KRM October 29, 2018, 3:28 pm

    It’s honestly part of your “plan” to steal food and water from neighbors at gunpoint if you run out? I get that survival is important, but if you aren’t well enough prepared to survive longer than the average suburban family, no amount of guns and bullets is going to protect you from the neighborhood response to your criminal activity!

    Honestly, with a little planning, you could get the cooperative members of your neighborhood organizing a significant gardening operation with 24-hour guards preventing people with nothing but guns and ammo from stealing everything.

    Or you could go it alone and see how many starving families who are trying to eat boiled shoe leather you can kill before the rest of them come for you and kill you while you sleep (or next time you come out to murder people for food and water).

    Yeah, if I lived next to a guy planning to kill me if he ran out of food, I’d make damned sure not only to tell all my neighbors, but also to have a solid, lethal system of traps I could put up if the supermarket ever runs out of food!

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    • Anonymous November 2, 2018, 9:18 am

      I agree 100%. Honestly “murder your neighbors” is quite possibly the worst preparedness plan possible. If you do nothing, at least someone may take pity on you and help you out. But if you start killing people for supplies, you’ll quickly get a bullet to the head.

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  • Tyler October 30, 2018, 3:21 pm

    Hey blogger guy, you are on the biggest purge list of all now. Go start a community garden and stop plotting to kill your neighbors. You may want to consider moving as well, because you are probably going to end up hacked to pieces if things ever go south.

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  • illiniwarrior October 31, 2018, 9:53 am

    no gooberment loving sheeple retards should be allowed to live post-shtf. kill them all.

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  • Roger November 4, 2018, 3:59 pm

    Why do you think you can trust your neighbors to help you? More than one person I know has said that they would show up at my house when the SHTF and I usually tell them to go ahead as I can always use more target practice. How did they know that I’m ‘prepared’, unfortunately some of my family members have ‘loose lips’ and have kicked my OPSEC (operational security) out the window so I have made several changes and told NO ONE about them, lesson learned! When push comes to shove, most people will sell their own mother for a loaf of bread! GLAHP!

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    • Anonymous November 5, 2018, 1:08 am

      Honestly Robert, this is a fantastic opportunity to get them thinking about their preparation instead of turning it into a morbid non joke.

      Tell them, “sure, you’ll need to bring at least 3 months of food for the people you bring, and what practical tools and skills can you offer?”

      Most people will laugh it off just like they do with your threat, but it’ll get most of them thinking about what they DO have to offer and what they should do to prepare better.

      A few of them will get interested and bring it up now and again looking for practical advice. Those are the ones that could very well turn into an asset instead of a threat in many types of disasters.

      No not all. There’s always going to be some edge case where turning them away will be necessary for survival, but at the same time, it’s nearly impossible to maintain a 24-7 watch with only two people and thousands of man hours of work to do before winter (or whatever deadline is coming next)that’s all absolutely necessary for survival.

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