January 23, 2022

5 Safe Locations to Hide During Martial Law


The
term
martial
law

is
a
scary
one
to
most
people.
It
conjures
up
images
of
military
lockdowns,
armed
and
guarded
checkpoints,
regular
inspections
and
the
loss
of
rights.
Most
freedom
loving
people
are
likely
right
to
be
apprehensive
about
even
the
suggestion
that
martial
law
could
be
implemented.

With
the
state
of
the
world
today,
owing
to
increasing
government
overreach
globally
at
all
levels
of
society
and
ever
widening
cultural
and
ideological
gulfs,
some
are
convinced
it
is
only
a
matter
of
time
until
the
unthinkable
happens
here
at
home.

police officer putting helmet during riot

That
will
definitely
be
a
game
changer.
Gone
will
be
civilian
leadership
at
the
local
level.
The
police
will
no
longer
be
truly
in
charge
of
law
enforcement.
Instead,
the
military
will
take
over
both,
with
everything
that
that
entails.

I
believe
even
the
most
staunchly
pro-military
supporter
does
not
want
to
see
that
happen,
and
they
are
right
in
that
regard.
Much
can
go
wrong
with
martial
law,
and
anytime
the
military
is
responsible
for
law
enforcement
the
stage
is
set
for
disaster.

The
time
is
now
to
start
playing
what
you’ll
do
and
where
you
go
should
martial
law
be
instituted
at
the
local,
regional
or
national
level.

Trying
to
go
along
and
get
along
may
result
in
a
bad
outcome
depending
on
how
strained
the
situation
becomes.
Hoping
for
the
best
does
not
guarantee
a
good
outcome,
and
accordingly
you’d
be
well
served
to
stay
away
from
trouble
if
martial
law
is
declared.

To
help
you
in
that
end
we
are
bringing
you
a
list
of
five
places
where
you
might
successfully
hide
from
the
worst
effects
of
martial
law.

Table
of
Contents


Could
Martial
Law
Actually
Be
Instituted?

Martial
law
is
declared
more
often
around
the
world
than
most
people
think,
and
though
it
is
rare
and
historically
employed
rarely
in
the
United
States,
there
is
still
a
precedent
for
it,
and
it
has
occurred
before
and
not
as
long
ago
as
most
people
think.

Though
the
declaration
of
martial
law
is
considered
lawful
based
on
our
federal
and
State
statutes,
that
doesn’t
mean
it
is
good
for
you
or
good
for
the
country.

One
thing
to
keep
in
mind
is
that
martial
law
does
not
necessarily
mean
a
coast
to
coast
replacement
of
civilian
leadership
and
law
enforcement
with
a
military
equivalent.

Martial
law
could
be
declared
at
a
limited
local
level,
in
a
given
city
or
municipality,
at
a
state
level,
a
national
regional
level
or
even
full-blown,
federal
sea-to-shining-sea
level.

For
anything
but
the
most
intense
and
turbulent
small-scale
events,
a
regional
or
national
declaration
of
martial
law
generally
means
that
something
truly
terrible
has
happened,
or
that
the
government
is
rightly
afraid
that
the
citizenry
is
about
to
remove
them
with
no
ifs,
ands,
or
buts.

What
you
should
take
away
from
this
is
that
while
martial
law
could
definitely
be
implemented
in
the
US
and
in
many
ways
is
more
likely
to
be
implemented
in
the
near
future
and
also
means
that
in
most
situations
there
will
be
places
that
are
not
under
a
declaration
of
martial
law.

Keep
that
in
mind,
keep
your
head
about
you
and
let
us
take
the
time
to
prepare
accordingly.


How
Will
Life
Change
Under
Martial
Law?

Right
now,
you
might
be
one
of
those
good,
upstanding
citizens
who
believe
that
because
you
are
a
law-abiding,
taxpaying
citizen
who
still
believes
in
your
country,
right
or
wrong,
and
the
rule
of
law
that
you
have
nothing
to
fear
from
a
declaration
of
martial
law.

After
all,
our
soldiers,
sailors
and
airmen
are
all
the
good
guys,
right?
This
is
a
common
sentiment,
but
one
that
almost
always
vanishes
into
a
puff
of
steam
immediately
after
learning
what
martial
law
actually
means
for
the
common
citizen.

First
and
foremost,
martial
law
means
a
major
change
into
the
day
today
running
of
a
place,
a
change
to
how
business
is
done.

You
should
absolutely
expect
regular
searches,
checkpointing,
and
even
confiscation
of
contraband
to
happen
regularly.
As
always,
this
is
for
reasons
of
security,
but
the
real
question
is
for
the
security
of
whom?

Naturally,
a
curfew
will
be
put
into
place
and
enforced
with
more
or
less
muscle,
but
you
can
expect
any
violation
of
the
curfew
to
be
met
with
significant
reprisal,
including
detainment.

As
you
go
from
place
to
place
you
can
expect
to
be
asked
to
show
papers,
have
your
person
and
your
vehicle
searched
and
potentially
any
property
you
are
in
possession
of
seized.

But
most
egregiously,

your
civil
rights
,
pretty
much
all
of
them,
will
be
rendered
null
and
void,
suspended
for
the
duration
of
the
declaration
of
martial
law
in
the
affected
area.

That
means
you
do
not
have
a
right
to
go
anywhere,
you
do
not
have
a
right
to
assemble,
a
right
to
bear
arms,
a
right
to
privacy
from
confiscation
or
search
and
no
right
to
be
free
of
detention
without
formal
charges.

This
is
how
people
wind
up
“renditioned,”
or
indefinitely
detained
without
charges.

I
hope
I
have
your
full
and
total
attention
now.
I
trust
that
I
have
impressed
upon
you
how
important
picking
when
and
where
to
hide
or
stay
during
a
declaration
of
martial
law
is.


Safety
is
Your
Number
One
Priority
Under
Martial
Law

It
is
crucial
to
understand
that
martial
law
will
affect
your
life
in
all
kinds
of
ways.
Socially,
economically
and
potentially
physically.

The
stakes
for
you,
personally,
are
very
high
if
you
are
living
in
an
area
under
martial
law.
You
must
understand
that
any
place
you
might
go,
if
it
is
a
place
under
the
declaration,
will
not
be
truly
safe,
only
safer.

Every
place
on
the
list
below
entails
trade-offs,
and
you’ll
have
to
assess
these
trade-offs
and
then
decide
based
on
the
circumstances
of
your
life,
family
and
other
considerations.

Something
else
to
keep
in
mind
is
that
staying
out
of
trouble
and
avoiding
the
attention
of
the
military
and
other
authorities
in
an
area
affected
by
martial
law
is
not
just
a
matter
of
blending
in
with
the
crowd
and
minding
your
own
business.

All
of
your
personal
information,
including
your
vital
statistics,
personal
contacts,
family
members,
financial
info
and
more
is
all
collated,
readily
available
and
highly
sticky,
meaning
that
regular
access
to
electronic
systems
and
carriage
of
a
smartphone
or
similar
device
means
that
every
part
of
you,
nearly
down
to
your
DNA,
is
tracked
almost
in
real
time.

You
need
not
think
it
is
possible
in
our
era
to
merely
skip
town,
live
and
work
under
an
assumed
name
and
get
paid
in
cash
without
anyone
being
the
wiser.

Sure,
that
might
have
worked
back
in
the
day
but
it
isn’t
going
to
cut
the
mustard
in
the
current
year.

All
it
will
take
to
dispel
such
a
notion
is
one
single,
solitary,
and
potentially
inadvertent
contact
on
any
number
of
electronic
systems
using
information
that
is
tied
to
and
associated
with
your
genuine
identity.

This
is
a
pitfall
that
is
difficult
to
avoid,
and
growing
increasingly
more
difficult
every
single
day.

Keep
that
in
mind
as
you
read
the
list
below,
and
know
that
the
challenges
associated
with
the
information
age
have
been
taken
into
account
when
we
assembled
our
list.


5
Safe
Locations
to
Hide
During
Martial
Law


Outside
the
Bounds
of
the
Affected
Area

Probably
the
best
and
most
elegant
solution
to
avoiding
the
troubles
and
travails
associated
with
living
in
an
area
under
martial
law
is
to
simply
get
out
from
under
that
affected
area.

No
matter
what
happens,
it
is
unlikely
that
a
massive
regional
or
nationwide
implementation
of
martial
law
will
occur.

Based
on
a
response
projection
established
to
counter
localized
or
smaller
regional
incidents,
you
can
expect
martial
law
to
be
in
place
in
a
tiny
fraction
of
the
country
when
it
is
in
effect
at
all.

The
solution,
then,
is
simple.
If
at
all
possible,
pack
up
your
life
and
your
family
and
head
elsewhere.

Depending
on
the
specifics
of
the
declaration,
this
might
be
across
the
state,
across
state
lines
or
even
across
the
country.
Don’t
rule
anything
out,
and
be
prepared
that
you
might
have
to
move
a
little
farther
than
you
would
like.

Though
this
might
be
a
dreadful
challenge,
the
good
news
is
that
life
will,
more
or
less,
go
on
as
usual
in
the
areas
that
are
not
under
martial
law.

Depending
on
your
family
and
financial
situation,
you
might
even
want
to
look
into
a
drop
everything
vacation
with
an
extended
rental,
be
it
a
condo
or
house,
even
an
extended
stay
hotel.

If
your
profession
is
amenable
to
working
from
home
and
especially
working
remotely
via
the
internet,
so
much
the
better
as
this
will
only
increase
the
attractiveness
of
this
response.

As
good
as
this
option
is,
you
must
plan
for
a
worst
case
scenario
of
the
martial
law
declaration
being
expanded
or
implemented
elsewhere.

If
you
are
going
to
an
area
that
itself
is
likely
to
see
martial
law
declared
you
could
be
facing
the
classic
blunder
of
jumping
out
of
the
frying
pan
and
into
the
fire.

Consider
carefully
whether
or
not
the
prospective
safe
haven
is
known
for
commercial,
industrial
or
political
importance
or
if
it
is
currently
experiencing
heightened
levels
of
unrest
that
might
provoke
a
serious
government
response.


The
Wilderness

If
you
are
of
a
conventional
prepper
mentality,
your
default
plan
to
all
kinds
of
societal
trouble
might
be
simply
to
head
for
deep
country.

I
don’t
think
it
is
any
exaggeration
to
assert
that
a
declaration
of
martial
law,
especially
one
in
response
to
civil
unrest
would
definitely
qualify
as
societal
trouble!

Heading
out
into
the
wilderness
can
definitely
get
you
out
from
under
the
thumb
of
martial
law
and
the
troopers
enforcing
it,
so
it
is
a
meaningful
response,
but
more
than
most
this
plan
has
significant
drawbacks
to
go
with
the
perks.
Let
us
start
with
the
good
and
then
we
will
move
on
to
the
bad.

In
the
park
column,
so
long
as
you
are
not
near
any
area
of
strategic
interest,
you
really
won’t
be
worrying
about
the
day-to-day
dealings
with
troopers
or
other
officials
like
you
would
if
you
were
near
any
kind
of
civilization
currently
under
the
effect
of
martial
law.

This
will
allow
you
to
relax
and
it
generally
live
life
as
you
would
under
the
circumstances.
Plus
you
being
away
from
the
bulk
of
the
population
means
that
attention
is
not
going
to
be
directed
to
you
unless
you
are
already
wanted.

However,
you
are
trading
out
one
set
of
problems,
those
represented
by
martial
law,
for
another
set
of
problems,
represented
by
the
attendant
challenges
and
difficulties
of
living
way
off
grid
in
the
wilderness.

All
of
your
survival
necessities,
from
shelter,
food
and
water
to
security
considerations
must
be
attended
to
day
in
and
day
out
or
else
you
will
start
feeling
the
squeeze.

For
anything
but
the
most
skilled
of
preppers
living
in
the
most
abundant,
pleasant
climates
this
means
a
certain
amount
of
dependency
on
supplies
and
accordingly,
on
resupply.

This
option
may
be
out
of
the
question
for
some
people
entirely
depending
on
the
overall
climate
and
weather
where
they
live.
The
type
of
shelter
that
is
amenable
to
you
is
entirely
dependent
on
your
group
or
family
situation
as
well
as
the
climate.

In
some
areas,
retreating
to
the
wilderness
is
a
virtual
death
sentence
where
in
others
it
will
be
more
or
less
pleasant
weather
permitting.

Nonetheless,
this
is
a
viable
option
and
one
you
should
consider
if
your
outdoor
survival
and
sustainment
skills
are
up
to
the
challenge.
If
they
are
not,
or
you
live
in
a
hostile
environment,
discount
it
entirely
unless
you
have
no
other
option.


A
Small
Town

Small
town
living
is
attractive
to
many
people,
and
it
has
many
advantages
likewise
when
we
are
trying
to
deal
with
the
existential
problem
of
martial
law.

First,
assuming
you
are
dealing
with
a
regional
or
otherwise
widespread
implementation
of
martial
law
smaller
towns
are
less
likely
to
be
strategically
or
tactically
important
and
so
accordingly
are
less
likely
to
be
seriously
staffed
or
watched
by
soldiers
and
other
officials.

It
is
even
entirely
possible
that
there
might
not
be
an
active
military
presence
in
the
region
at
all.

Beyond
the
obvious
benefits
of
being
less
likely
to
fall
under
the
watchful
eye
of
military
forces,
the
culture
of
small
towns
might
make
them
entirely
more
suitable
for
enduring
martial
law
while
you
are
there,
whether
or
not
the
town
is
affected
properly.

The
stronger
bonds
between
people
and
their
ties
to
the
community
means
folks
are
more
likely
to
pull
together
and
help
each
other
in
times
of
trouble.

At
least,
they
are
if
you
are
known
to
them
and
in
good
standing
with
the
community.
Villains
and
outsiders
are
less
likely
to
be
treated
with
hospitality
to
say
the
least.

It
is
also
worth
considering
that
small
towns,
especially
agrarian
communities,
are
far
more
likely
to
be
able
to
meaningfully
self-sustain
during
the
attendant
economic
and
logistical
fallout
that
will
result
from
a
serious
implementation
of
martial
law.

Food,
water
and
other
essentials
are
likely
to
be
more
plentiful,
along
with
the
skill
sets
needed
to
procure
more
of
both.
Blue
collar
lifestyles
are
alive,
well
and
flourishing
in
small
towns
and
this
breeds
a
culture
of
personal
readiness
and
grit.

However,
it
is
worth
considering
second
and
third
order
effects
that
are
likely
to
affect
small
towns
if
martial
law
is
declared
for
reasons
of
domestic
security.

Our
military
has
learned
time
and
time
again
that
small
towns
and
their
insular
nature
is
often
amenable
to
the
sheltering
or
raising
of
insurgents,
and
partisan
or
gorilla
forces
throughout
history
have
often
relied
on
remote
villages
and
small
towns
as
part
of
their
underground
network.

It
goes
without
saying,
the
military
already
has
well
established
and
effective
plans
for
dealing
with
just
such
a
contingency.


In
a
Big
City

At
first,
it
might
sound
counterintuitive.
How
is
a
major
population
center
a
good
place
to
hide
during
martial
law,
when
major
population
centers
will,
invariably,
be
disproportionately
subject
to
scrutiny
and
control
compared
to
elsewhere?

Like
the
old
saying
says,
the
easiest
way
to
hide
a
zebra
is
in
a
herd
of
other
zebras.
With
massive
numbers
of
citizens
comes
massive
crowds,
and
if
you
can
become
just
one
face
in
that
crowd
of
hundreds
of
thousands,
even
millions,
you
are
significantly
less
likely
to
have
negative
interactions
with
military
forces
so
long
as
you
play
your
cards
right
and
are
cautious.

Now,
you
must
understand
that
assuming
you’re
going
to
keep
participating
in
your
day-to-day
life,
or
what
passes
forward
under
the
circumstances,
you
will
in
all
likelihood
have
interactions
with
troopers
or
other
officials.

This
does
not
mean
you
will
go
unnoticed
or
undetected,
it
only
means
you
will
be
just
another
face
in
a
literally
unending
sea
of
other
faces
for
the
people
who
are
tasked
with
controlling
the
area.

Imagine
it
for
yourself.
Every,
single
day,
pushing
a
post,
inspecting
IDs,
peeking
into
the
windows
of
vehicles,
manning
a
turnstile
or
some
other
soul
crushing
post
of
drudgery.

So
long
as
you
don’t
stick
out
or
do
anything
obvious
to
court
further
inspection
the
people
you
are
dealing
with
are
likely
to
go
through
the
motions
and
just
wave
you
through.

Yes,
you’ll
still
have
to
stand
in
line,
show
your
ID
and
jump
through
all
the
other
hoops
that
we
have
previously
discussed,
but
chances
are
no
one
is
going
to
be
singling
you
out
for
special
attention.

But
on
that
note,
if
you
do
garner
special
attention,
or
are
just
the
unfortunate
victim
of
a
case
of
mistaken
identity
or
wrong
place
wrong
time
you
will
be
much,
much
closer
to
a
hub
of
military
power
and
you
will
find
it
much
harder
to
hide
in
any
one
place
for
any
length
of
time
without
a
noose
tightening
around
you.


Another
Country

For
Americans
who
profoundly
love
their
country,
the
idea
of
jumping
ship
and
leaving
the
borders
of
the
nation
that
raised
you
is
virtually
unthinkable,
especially
in
times
of
trouble.

It
is
still
something
that
must
be
considered
under
the
circumstances
and
most
especially
if
you
are
a
person
who
is
already
sought
by
authorities
or
if
the
martial
law
situation
is
taking
a
grim
turn
toward
tyranny
and
abuse.

We
can
say
for
certain
that
you
won’t
be
retreating
towards
a
country
that
is
a
greater
bastion
of
freedom
than
the
United
States.

For
freedom
loving
people,
we
are
the
first
and
last
stop,
even
though
we
have
our
own
problems.
However,
you
must
consider
the
notion
that
a
temporary
withdrawal
might
give
up
a
battle
to
win
the
war,
as
the
saying
goes.
The
next
obvious
question
is
where
you
will
head.

Neighboring
countries
like
Mexico,
Canada,
or
any
of
the
island
territories
near
the
US
are
obvious
candidates
but
consider
the
fact
that
you
might
be
pursued
easily
enough
or
even
rounded
up
and
sent
home
by
authorities
in
those
countries
depending
on
the
severity
of
the
domestic
situation.

Assuming
the
United
States
government
and
the
military
have
bigger
fish
to
fry
than
you,
however,
they
are
probably
decent
enough
options.

More
so
than
most
of
the
other
hiding
places
on
this
list,
logistics
will
be
a
major
concern.
There
is
the
obvious
question
of
a
language
barrier,
if
extant,
to
consider
and
then
also
considerations
about
employment
and
the
length
and
status
of
your
stay.

Since
the
unspecified
virus
of
unknown
origin
hit
the
globe,
mandates
about
vaccinations,
shots
and
medical
waivers
are
ubiquitous
and
likely
to
be
a
factor
for
some
time.

These
are
all
things
you
must
put
careful
thought
into
well
ahead
of
time
because
you
definitely
don’t
want
to
be
dealing
with
them
at
the
instant
after
you
arrive.


Conclusion

The
prospect
of
martial
law
being
implemented
seriously
within
the
borders
of
the
United
States
is
terrifying
for
many,
and
though
it
is
still
statistically
unlikely
the
chances
that
this
will
happen
are
more
likely
than
they
have
been
in
six
decades
and
are
only
increasing.

The
time
is
now
to
start
thinking
about
where
you
will
go
should
your
home
be
affected
by
a
declaration
of
martial
law.

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