The following guide will help you plan, prepare, and get ready in the event
that martial law threatens you safety and well being. It is divided into two
parts. The first part describes the framework for martial law and the second
part the actions to take in preparing for the actual declaration of martial law.


Martial law is defined as: military rule or authority imposed on a civilian
population when the civil authorities cannot maintain law and order, as in a
time of war or during an emergency.

Hitler turned Germany into a Nazi dictatorship through executive orders.


  • Executive Order 10995: All communications media are to be seized by the
    Federal Government. Radio, TV, newspapers, CB, Ham, telephones, and the internet
    will be under federal control. Hence, the First Amendment will be suspended
  • Executive Order 10997: All electrical power, fuels, and all minerals well be
    seized by the federal government.
  • Executive Order 10998: All food resources, farms and farm equipment will be
    seized by the government. You will not be allowed to hoard food since this is
  • Executive Order 10999: All modes of transportation will go into government
    control. Any vehicle can be seized.
  • Executive Order 11000: All civilians can be used for work under federal
  • Executive Order 11490: Establishes presidential control over all US
    citizens, businesses, and churches in time of “emergency.”
  • Executive Order 12919: Directs various Cabinet officials to be constantly
    ready to take over virtually all aspects of the US economy during a State of
    National Emergency at the direction of the president.
  • Executive Order 13010: Directs FEMA to take control over all government
    agencies in time of emergency. FEMA is under control of executive branch of the
    RESPONSIBILITIES”, “A national emergency is any occurrence, including natural
    disaster, military attack, technological emergency, or other emergency that
    seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the United
    States. Policy for national security emergency preparedness shall be established
    by the President.” This order includes federal takeover of all local law
    enforcement agencies, wage and price controls, prohibits you from moving assets
    in or out of the United States, creates a draft, controls all travel in and out
    of the United States, and much more.
  • Martial law can be declared due to natural disasters, Y2k Crisis, Stock
    Market crash, no electricity, riots, biological attack, …. anything leading to
    the breakdown of law and order.


  • Prepare before any declaration of martial law by becoming self reliant. You
    may become subject to a bureaucratic system and be prepared to stay one step
    ahead of it which is easy to do if you are prepared and in a position to be self
    reliant. You may also face mob rule, chaos, panic, or a complete breakdown in
    law and order. Surival situations may be easier to handle in rural areas than
  • Avoid areas of marital law. Can be imposed due to natural disasters or man
    caused events. Important to have a retreat or place in a rural area away from
    populated areas.
  • Create alliances with like minded neighbors or community members that share
    your views. Team work and numbers may help your situation.
  • Become transparent in the sense that you do not draw attention to yourself
    or your family. For instance, do not tell people that you are storing food just
    store food. Be prepared to render assistance to neighbors if need be. You never
    know when you will need them.
  • Remain calm! Do not panic.
  • Avoid areas of civil unrest if possible. If caught in civil unrest take appropriate action.
  • Get informed and stay informed. Understand martial law can be a temporary
    crisis or an extended one. In extreme cases the shape of a whole nation can
  • Declaration of martial law means your rights are suspended and it is
    government by decree. Your constitutional rights may no longer apply. This could
    mean a state of National Emergency.
  • People can be arrested and imprisoned indefinitely without charges.
  • Freedom of speech and freedom of assembly can be suspended, and censorship
    of the media imposed.
  • Gun ownership will also come under severe attack during marital law. We
    could see house to house searches by the military or National Guard looking for
    guns and seizing any they find along with stored food.
  • Take a stand on issues and make a choice that fits your beliefs and the
    situation. Do you believe as Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death?”
    Realize you may have some hard choices to make. Understand you may have to
    sacrifice your principles on trivial matters or take a hard stand. Always
    remember that you may have to come back and fight another day.

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