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.