How do you get through a Martial Law roadblock in a vehicle after SHTF hits?

Hello my friend and welcome back!  I recently had a new Prepper ask me “How do you get through a Martial Law roadblock in a vehicle after SHTF hits?”  This is the topic of today’s post so grab a cup of coffee while we visit.

You know, this is a very good question and one I hadn’t really given a lot of thought too. My first thought was blow it up!  You see, I tend to be a hammer and to a hammer everything looks like a nail.  A friend of mine pointed out that this particular challenge may require a little more finesse than I would normally use.  Prepper friends are good to have!

We started by gathering together several other Preppers as we sometimes do and began batting ideas back and forth.  We came up with quite a few before we decided to call it quits for the night.  So in today’s post, I am going to throw out there what we came up with.  These are in no particular order and if you have some you would like to add, please do so in the comments below this post.

In the event of Martial Law, things will be somewhat confusing to both the Civilians and those manning the roadblock.  This is what you will want to capitalize on.  Make their weakness your strength.  If they are checking papers, then you should know this in advance.   If they are, with today’s computers and printers you should hopefully be able to create a false set to use.  If not, then play ignorant and simply say that another officer has them to correct a mistake on them.

The hard part is looking and acting like you are exactly who you say you are.  If you can get a uniform from one of them in advance, then you’re well ahead of the game.  If not then your best bet is to use whatever uniforms you have available and confuse them by saying they are a new style for your unit.

The next step is to confuse them by pretending to be a part of a unique group that is doing something very important and those in command need it done right now!   I’m talking about things like Tower Technicians headed to fix the Generals comms system which has recently gone down and he is furious over it.  If they still aren’t buying it, the just tell them fine and offer to call the General and let them explain why you are being held up.  You may want to mention that he is in a really bad mood.

It helps if there is a pre-arranged phone number that can be used for just this purpose.  It should have someone on the other end with a commanding voice who shouts everything they say.  This person should always assume anything that comes in over the number is a direct challenge.  If they rehearse the parts like they should, then it should work most of the time.  Just remember that there are never any guarantees when I comes to war.

Now, it’s not enough to just look and act the part, everything needs to be a part of the illusion, like your vehicle as well.  Remember that the idea here is to capitalize on their weakness and in this case that weakness is poor communications.

You need to have some magnetic signs made up and in your preps beforehand.     I would recommend that you either have a black or green colored vehicle If possible.  If not be sure to moan and bitch while at the road block about being stuck with some civilians a vehicle that was confiscated.   The magnetic signs will also add an official look to it. The magnetic signs should look official with the proper logo and information on them.  Look at pictures of DHS vehicles or FEMA vehicles you could also create your own alphabet soup name and stick a UN emblem on it.

OK, let’s recap.  The idea here is to use their lack of communications against them.  Even if they don’t know that there is one.  The fact is that in any large-scale roll out of troops, there will always be confusion.  Ask anyone who has ever served in the military and they will tell you.  The bigger the roll out the more confusion there is.  Use it to your full advantage and you just might make it through.

If all of this fails…Just blow them up!  🙂  Well that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. Until next time, please stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared.  God save America!


PS: please share any ideas on this in the comments below.

6 thoughts on “How do you get through a Martial Law roadblock in a vehicle after SHTF hits?”

  1. Guys you are over thinking this. Just avoid the roadblocks. No bombing, no subterfuge, and no falsified paperwork. You utilize a lead vehicle that actually has business or is clean (without illegal or prohibited items) to drive ahead scouting the path if they come into contact with a roadblock they radio back contact halting the convoys forward progress to keep from hitting the road block. From there seek alternative routes and/or wait for the lead car on the other side.

  2. Old Iron The first step is having a job that is outside the urban core even if you live in the berbs. That way you can move supply’s before hand. Now it will be easier to get back in town then leaving. I know some may think it is mutts to go in but we are going to be able to get in easyer then out. I know this from past experience in other countries. Stash as much of your prepps in other place inside the zone and prepare for a mobile survival in the zone. Let all the unprepared get taken this is how you learn about their system. Unless they build a fence you can get out. The masses will overload them in the beginning,that is your first and best chance after that you are going to have to stay mobile. It !ay take weeks or even month’s to get out. Do not try to bluff you or someone in your group will smell of fear and then your done for. After a place I was at or country it took are group 6 month’s to get out. Plan now or pay latter

  3. While I applaud your ingenuity in answering “Blow it Up,” (MY preference, too. LOL), i have to admit that The Wiseman has provided thorough and accurate information pertaining to Checkpoints or Road Blocks during Martial Law.
    Now I’m at the stage where I think it is highly unlikely that Martial Law is immenint, one can NEVER discount the possibility of it happening, especially with You Know Who still in the Whit House.
    Still, if you feel the SHTF isn’t far off you’d be MUCH better off to have gotten out of Dodge before hand and not run the risk of roadblocks if it should happen.
    Additionally, if you have no other choice and depending on where your BOL is located, having documents showing you actually live in an area where you need to traverse and encounter a roadblock, try and have a letter such as a utility bill or mortgage statement of deed, etc., to show you actually live there. Knowing you are a home/property owned beyond a checkpoint “could” encourage those manning the roadblock to allow you access but this isn’t a guarantee by any means.
    Should none of the above prove successful, you need a Plan B, Plan C or even Plan(s) D through Z to give you options. Being thoroughly familiar with the primary, secondary and tertiary roads in the area will provide you options. And if you have a 4WD vehicle and trailer, you may be forced to go off road to avoid traffic and the checkpoints.
    But face it, if you waited too long to G.O.O.D. before roadblocks are emplaced, you are WAY behind the power curve and may never make your BOL and worse yet, be subjected to arrest or having your vehicle, supplies and weapons confiscated and being put afoot or simply tossed into the nearest FEMA camp for “your safety” or “re-education.”
    Simply out, G.O.O.D. BEFORE SHTF. Even if it means it was jumping the gun (you can always return home if nothing happens/happened) you and yours can look at the exercise a just that and learn from the experience.
    But lacking all that, just BLOW IT UP! LOL!!

    • Thanks Huggy!
      As always, I agree with you that the best way to get through a roadblock is to not need to through the first place. 🙂


  4. Most of the above seems rather naive, sorry to say. Everything depends upon the orders given to the blockaders by their superiors (assuming that this is a legitimate martial law checkpoint and not a bandit kidnap group).
    As Marine, I took guard duty extremely seriously:

    Here are my 11 General Orders. Expect that any military organization setting up roadblocks to follow similar orders:

    1. Take charge of this post and all government property in view.
    2. Walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
    3. Report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
    4. To repeat all calls [from posts]more distant from the guardhouse than my own.
    5. Quit my post only when properly relieved.
    6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Officer of the Day, Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers of the guard only.
    7. Talk to no one except in the line of duty.
    8. Give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
    9. To call the Corporal of the Guard in any case not covered by instructions.
    10. Salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
    11. Be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.

    Additional “Special Orders” would be attached. You can be court martialed for violating any or all of these. Special orders to a martial law military checkpoint might include:
    A. Shoot to kill any vehicle that approaches the checkpoint at high speed.
    B. Immediately shoot without warning, any driver who disobeys the order “keep both hands on the wheel at all times.”
    C. Etc. etc. etc.

    Dressing in military uniforms when you are not a member of that organization will universally get you shot as a spy by any military unit when they (easily) learn that you are bogus.

    Pretending to be “tower technicians” without any of the extremely-specialized equipment and tools of such specialists will get you killed.

    “Just Blow Them Up” is not going to be a practical solution here! Expect these people to be well armed, extremely jumpy, trigger happy, and, perhaps having very little understanding of American language (UN troops). They will shoot you rather than listen to your lies…

    Probably would be best to send a few “solid citizens” through on totally-legitimate business – doctor visits, job interviews, etc. Then debrief them for intelligence and from that, formulate a model for “legitimizing” otherwise-bogus folk (militia members, saboteurs, etc.) through dress, speech, papers and such.

    Better think this through!

    • Thanks Wiserman for the input. I have never been faced with this particular challenge which is why I solicited the help of some friends. My hope with writing this post to start with was to solicit responses from my readers who may have some firsthand experience with it, and get some solid feedback for myself and other readers. You have certainly provided that, and for that I thank you! When I am asked questions that I don’t know the answer to, I try to give the best answer I can in hopes that some of my readers will correct me if I get it wrong. Thanks again and I hope others with experience will chime in as well.



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