The 2nd Boston Massacre, and Prepper Lessons

(( I began to write this on Tuesday. Events kept me from completing it, so the tenses herein might be a little off, considering it is a week after the event. ))

We were hit again. Already the “false flag operation” theories are flying, and I’ve seen some damnably weak “reasoning” in support of them. I’m not going to get caught up in that mess, because the promoters of them are no more in the know than the majority of the population. At this point, it doesn’t really matter how it came about. If a prepper is going to learn something from this, it is how to act, and what to expect after surviving the initial devastation.

What happened after the bombs went off? Aside from the screaming and running, what official action took place?

Response teams arrived to:

  • assist and evacuate the injured
  • control the actions of the panicked and onlooking crowds
  • prevent more marathoners from entering the area, and help them escape the marathon route
  • clear the press
  • search for more devices and evidence pertaining to the bombing

Outside the immediate area:

  • Cell service was heavy, and with congested traffic. No service requests for a shutdown were reported by Verizon and Sprint. But heavy usage of the towers did block calls.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration tightened control of the airspace above Boston and the surrounding areas.
  • Police security clamped down on key buildings and public spaces in Boston, New York, D.C., nuclear power stations and other locations.

It was clear to many that these attacks were limited to a small geographical area, and were not likely to spread or be duplicated. The possibilities existed and were dealt with, but not expected. Travel restrictions and alterations were part of an effort to create some isolation of the area – a control feature.

Based on what has happened, what is a prepper to do, to “prep”?

Our ability to control situations is very limited. Aside from acting on instinct, hunches or advanced knowledge, we are left with predetermined plans and trained responses. Looked at from the perspective of an individual, here are some thoughts on what might be done during and following the detonations.

The bombs go off.

The excitement is immediate, and confusion looks to dominate EVERYthing. The head trained to seek a level will inspect for personal injury, observe what is going on around him, chose a course of escape and set out. (The OODA Loop – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.) He may render aid along the way, but that’s one of the many actions he could take that can’t be planned.

Getting to a safe area is key to survival. Once there, contacting others is in order. Now, if the cellular system is down by order of the government, there are still options. Taking down cell service should not affect:

  • Local wi-fi hot spots at coffee shops and some fast food restaurants
  • Internet cafes offering by-the-hour cabled internet connections on PC workstations
  • Land lines in hotels, some restaurants, older phone booths
  • Business communications services offered by copy shops, “office for hire”, etc….

With a wi-fi access point located, the prepper can make “Facetime” calls on his iPhone or iPad. He can send e-mails and wi-fi based text messages. He can log on to forums and update members with his status.

Today’s (Monday’s) attacks resulted in increased traffic on the cell phone networks. This created congestion that prevented some calls from connecting. Voice calls use a lot of data. They are also real time, meaning, if what is said is not heard immediately, it is lost forever. Most towers can handle up to 200 call connections per second. Text messages, however, use far less data and are queued up.  They rest in the network’s system and are released for delivery as congestion lessens.  So, when the networks are having trouble dealing with the demand placed upon them, text messages have a much higher chance of doing anyone any good. Remember this if you ever get the “please try your call again later” message.

Understanding Terrorist Plans

Having located a safe place from which to get a grip on the situation, and to make appropriate calls and notifications, the prepper should reorient once again. A terrorist strike will generally have several hallmarks. Looking at the environment will help the prepper see them. Terrorists may or may not need to be identified with the attack, so there may be no claim of responsibility. But even if there was one, people in the caught up in the event wouldn’t likely have knowledge of it. Their information must come in huge part from on the spot observation. Terrorist strikes are designed to:

  • be very visible over TV coverage, terrorist recorded video released later, and by large numbers of witnesses
  • kill unsuspecting innocent and uninvolved civilians whose survivors can bring pressure on a government, while only targeting official resources as a secondary item
  • hurt as many people as possible, generally in an outdoor setting
  • generate fear that more attacks may be imminent

By looking at what happened, the prepper can make a decision on whether the event was a terrible accident, a natural event or some sort of crime scene. The larger the event, if caused by human hands, the greater the likelihood that terrorists were involved. This attack in Boston may not have originally looked like what it really was if there were a single bomb. The question was answered for everyone when the second one went off.

Your Gut

“Gut Instinct” is often ridiculed. Many times, our first thoughts on how to protect ourselves are correct, even if our opinions on what is really happening are wrong. Don’t forget that. Your gut is often times not in tune with your head. Determining if your gut can be trusted comes with experience. Do you go over what your felt and thought after something unusual happens? Have you taken the time to examine the facts later, to see if your instinct was more trustworthy than your impressions? It is definitely worth the time taken, but to do it right, you generally need to do it within a short amount of time. Trying to work the facts months or years down the road is a foolhardy exercise, unless you had quickly documented what occurred. (This is why investigators are so intent on getting a witness’ story soon after the fact, and even then, looking for other testimony for comparison.)


The prepper community is big on gear and supplies.  What could someone attending this event have brought with them? Our basic prep needs are almost always water, food and first-aid equipment. It would appear that the biggest need at the Boston Massacre was medical. Tourniquets, blood stopper, and pain medicine were greatly in need. One handed tournies enable an injured person to cut off blood flow on their own limbs, if an arm were injured. Celox or QuickClot undoubtedly had great utility on that day. Water for parched mouths and for getting pain meds down…. IFAKs, setup with more inventory than for personal use, would have been silent blessings. These things are the basics in our kits, and if more preppers were there, and kitted-up, the civilian response would have been more effective.



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