Unfortunately many people live in this world. And therefore grossly unprepared to cope when things go horribly wrong. Case in point - Acapulco. Let's say you happen to decide on a well-deserved vacation to this tourist hot spot with your spouse, SO, and/or family. Then this storm comes, the SHTF and things go from bad to worse. Looking past the obvious needs for food, water and shelter, can you protect yourself and loved ones?
Chances are you haven't been able to travel with a firearm. Do you have basic empty hand skills? How about if you need to kick it up a notch? Can you
wield a stick? What about a knife? Or machete? There are some that question the need to spend time on these "traditional" martial arts in the time of modern firearms. But I'd sure like to have some basic understanding on how to keep a crowd at bay or protect my family with anything I could get my hands on.
But where would I even get those weapons? Where's the housekeeping closet in your hotel? Do they have brooms or mops? Many have handles that are metal, but even wooden ones are better than nothing. Have you eaten in the resorts fancy restaurant? I'll bet they have wooden handled steak knives. Wouldn't be a bad idea to "acquire" one of those in advance, just in case. If not, do you know how to get to the kitchen? Chef knives, cleavers, carving knives - anything sharp and pointy. Is there a local hardware or supply store? Maybe not at a resort/tourist town, but if you're out in town, keep your eyes open. In many other countries a machete or brush knife is a common household tool. Also might be worth acquiring one in advance. Think that's unrealistic? Think about Rwanda in 1994 (not that long ago). 500,000 - 1,000,000 killed, many with
So, not to be paranoid, but use your head and be prepared. As demonstrated in
Acapulco and elsewhere around the world, most places are only 72 hours from
chaos when the "normal" social systems break down from any reason. Get some training. Firearms are good if you're so inclined and have legal access. Stick skills like those offered by the Dog Brothers or machete/sword skills as proposed by James Keating. Hopefully you'll never have to use the skills you develop, but it's better to be prepared. Besides, it's fun and adds another dimension to your current skill set.
In closing, stay out of La-La Land, face some cold, hard facts and be prepared.
Now get out there and train.