Major US university tells students to stockpile ‘a week of food’ in case of potential election unrest
D.C.’s George Washington University, which is just blocks from the White House, issued a warning to their students that they should prepare for potential civil unrest on Election Day by stockpiling a week’s worth of food and medicine. The preparedness message was sent to students on- and off-campus, faculty, and staff. The school instructed the students to prepare for Election Day as they would “a hurricane or snowstorm that would prevent you from going outside for several days.”
The 2020 election is tomorrow and many are concerned about ensuing violence regardless of the results. Taking that into consideration and the fact that large gatherings are expected on campus, the university thought it prudent to caution their students and encourage them to consider how much food they eat each day and then plan to set aside enough for a week. University officials recommended students select foods that have long shelf life including rice, pasta, canned fruits, and nuts
They did not stop at food though. The students were also advised to make sure they have enough toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and prescriptions on hand in the event that things go sideways. No self-defense measures were mentioned, however.
“While we do not anticipate access restrictions around our campus, it is possible given the unrest that has been seen in D.C. and around the past several months,” GW spokeswoman Crystal Newcombe Nosal wrote in an email. “Our goal is to help our campus community plan ahead for any potential disruption that may happen during the election period.”
“GW regularly sends preparedness messaging to our community before activities that draw large numbers of people to the nation’s capital, including but not limited to Fourth of July festivities, the Inauguration, the Women’s March, etc.,” she wrote.
Nosal said in a statement that the email to students followed the lead of city government officials, who are preparing for a “very active election season.”
This looks to be a first for their preparedness messaging and it is alarming the students and others involved with the university.
Huge concern: This email I just got from GWU advising students prep 1 week of supplies in case of a post-election DC lockdown. ??? pic.twitter.com/B6OXOdKYLm
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The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia issued a traffic advisory last week that said “multiple First Amendment demonstrations are scheduled to occur” on Nov. 3 and 4. Peter Newsham, the city’s police chief, has said “it is widely believed that there will be civil unrest after the November election regardless of who wins.”
Businesses in downtown Washington, D.C. boarded up their storefront windows over the weekend in anticipation of potential civil unrest as well. According to a recent YouGov poll, more than half (56 percent) of voters said they are expecting to see an increase in violence following the election.
We have already seen riots, unrest, and violence in many cities this year. The left, in particular, utilizing the forces of Antifa and Black Lives Matter, have created very dangerous situations across the nation. Civil unrest is definitely on the rise, especially on the Left. A majority of Americans have already decided they won’t believe the election results so there is likely to be turmoil no matter who wins the presidency.
In the event of no clear winner in Tuesday’s elections, many are concerned that extremists and counterprotesters will face off in the streets fomenting unrest and violence on a par with the social justice protests that erupted across the nation this summer. Many are preparing just in case, including George Washington University.