What would you do if you were suddenly caught off guard…. away from your home and gear?
Think about the Reginald Denny scene during the LA Riots? What if you were suddenly surrounded by an angry mob ? What if you happened to be in the wrong neighborhood and chaos broke out. We've all the seen the recent riots around the U.S. What about the tragic car accident several years ago in Austin, Texas? A man accidentally hit a small child with his car causing very serious injuries. When the driver and his passenger stopped and exited the vehicle to render aid, the passenger was brutally beaten to death and the driver barely escaped his life. The neighborhood locals swarmed them without mercy.

THE SCARE KIT and what is inside:
While there may be some duplicate items, THIS IS NOT A BUGOUT BAG OR SURVIVAL BAG.
The key to the SCARE kit is… RAPID RESPONSE. These are things that you might want to have on you or nearby. These are  items YOU WILL NEED IMMIDIETLY when violence or chaos breaks out. If you carry a brief case or a daypack, your SCARE kit should be small enough to fit inside, so that it can always be with you. Don’t get hung up and how cool or tough your bag looks, it is just something to carry your stuff. It does, however, need to be convenient enough for you to actually have and utilize if needed.


Pocket Knife - This item tops my list and has many uses. From cutting strips of cloths, making improvised traps, to cutting rope and wire, or even cutting your way out of a stucco wall, and most important, to defend yourself if attacked and save your life or the life of a loved one. A knife does not run out of bullets, does not jam, does not malfunction under water and…it does not make a loud noise and attract unwanted attention.

Lighter- Get a refillable butane lighter. They have many uses from needing to ignite a bottle filled with fuel to be used against an angry mob, to setting off a sprinkler or alarm to call for help. I personally use a Zippo becase they are able to stand up on their own with a flame, and I also have the one with the butane insert instead of the wick. So it will not dry up on me in the heat.

Trauma Supplies- during a mob or riot you may be struck, stabbed or even shot. You need a VERY basic first aid kit that can manage heavy bleeding

Earplugs- You may need to reduce the noise of “Social Chaos” a bit, like loud gunfire or loud chanting. It allows you to calm yourself to make clearer decisions. However you never want to eliminate sound completely – you don’t want to miss a potential threat or oncoming attack.

Bandanna / Head cloth- Many uses of survival here, anything from a breathing mask (especially dipped in water), or even to conceal your identity moving through a mob. Can even be used as an improvised “wick” to light a defense weapon like a Moltov Cocktail, or even a torch.

Breathing/Protection Mask- There are several types, from a painters dust mask to the “smoke hoods” you will find. They come in cans, pouches and other type devices. You may run into things like tear gas, smoke, toxic dust from debris from destroyed buildings or anything. If you can't breathe, you will surely start to panic and even die. Smoke kills more people than actual fires – something to think about.

Swimmers Goggles- A respirator or mask will help you breath, but you still need to be able to see. Swimmers goggles have a good airtight seal around your eyes to keep out gasses, liquids, smoke and even debris and they are very compact.

Swimmers Nose-plugs- Helps to keep out gasses out of nasal passages if using goggles or other devices.

MultiTool - Something small that still has some strength, like a leatherman tool or any of the other brands. Should have basic knife, screw driver, and some type of plyers and / or wire cutter on it.

Window Breaker- These are small light weight devices that are very effective for breaking through a windshield or other glass. It is held directly up to a window – best in the corner areas of the window and pushed down with a button like motion. These window breakers are also known as automatic center punches.

Miniature Pry-bar There are some very cool pry-bars on the Market that can double as a weapon as well as a survival tool. Wrap the handle in paracord for extra grip and to have cord on hand. From breaching doors, windows, or locked areas to escape, it can be tied to a length of paracord and used as a mini “hook” like device as well as a very serious impact weapon if necessary.

550 Paracord- There are ENDLESS uses for paracord, from tying your knife on to a stick to make spear, to hanging something in a tree, to making a friction saw to escape, or using it to tie up an enemy. I recommend at least twenty five feet.

Flexible Zip Ties: Can be used to secure a door, to tying down gear and larger ones can also be used as improvised handcuffs for restraint.

Small Roll of Duct Tape – Endless uses !!

Security Badge- This is NOT for impersonating a Police Officer – in fact that is a very serious crime. However if in a survival situation – imagine being surrounded by a group or angry mob. You pull out this badge and hold it up high and shout: everybody just needs to”BACK OFF” you are just leaving the scene an there will be no more trouble. However if it is a group angry at Police or authoritative figures then this would NOT be advisable.

Door Wedge- I carry a heavy duty “door wedge” . Good for securing a door from unwanted entry or spitting large objects.

Distraction Devices- There are these small devices called “sonic grenades”, and they are “timmed distraction makers”. They models that have 3 buttons for 5 seconds, 30 seconds and 60 seconds delay. Great for anything like setting down behind a car or door to get someone distracted….even for just a moment to escape.

Navigation Equipment- Compass, map of local and freeway / non cellphone GPS unit.

Disguise- Anything from an extra hat or beanie, a pair of sunglasses, or even an extra shirt something just to change your immediate look if people are following you. 

Handcuffsa good set can be used to restrain someone if needed and works to secure some doors in a pinch. 

Emergency Cash- Always good to have a small roll of $20 bills just in case you need extra supplies or bribery on the way.

Water container- When on the run or during longer extraction periods, water will be a constant focus of survival. You are not going to need to carry a gallon of water , but maybe a small water bottle or container you can refill will be essential.

Lighting- A good small but strong flashlight can be the key to survival at night or in dark areas. Signaling to spotting – a well needed item

I'm sure there are things you are thinking of that you could add or would change, make it your own. The big thing to remember is portability and not standing out. The point of the SCARE kit is to get away from danger and to a safe area. 

Your Scare Kit is to help you escape or survive “People” and the chaotic events in which they cause– A small potrtable bag with just enough elements in it to give you just a second or two of advantage to escape and make it to a safer location.