War

People who flee an advancing army usually suffer greater hardships than those who take shelter during the battle. Most casualties in most battles occur among the exposed attackers. Among defenders, most casualties occur while firing at an enemy. Few well-sheltered soldiers and civilians are killed. An isolated small farm is not likely to attract the attention of either army regulars or looters, but plans to assure personal safety, essential tools, and a long-term food supply are advisable. Express no political opinions, trust only your family, and never resist anyone with a weapon. If surprised by an armed group, try smiling and waving. Other concerns for a time of war are discussed in “Food,” “Agriculture,” and “Security and safety.”