Just like Minneapolis law enforcement, civilians are bracing for what could be another night of violence in the ongoing George Floyd protests.
Hoping to prepare them for what may lie ahead, city leadership has released a set of safety tips and guidelines.
At the top of the list is observing the city's curfew, which begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning. The rest of the list, which came as part of a Saturday press release, includes preparing for possible fires and being ready to go on short notice:
- Be aware of suspicious activities/groups
- Be aware of large gatherings
- Call 911 if you witness suspicious activity
- Remove anything from your lawn that could be flammable or a projectile through a window
- Store dumpsters in your garage or move to a hidden area in the back yard. Consider wetting down the inside contents if they have to be left outside in view.
- Keep LIGHTS ON and some windows open to hear noises that may be approaching. (use caution with windows that may be easily reached from the ground)
- Watch Channel 11 or 4 for current information
- Have an escape plan and a to-go bag (remember to take along any medicines you may need)
- If you need to be outside, wear a headlamp, bright colors and reflective clothing
- Charge cell phones (and be prepared for the possibility that cell towers might go out)
- Have alternative ways to communicate with your neighbors and help them to make a plan in case things do get bad.
- Have garden hoses ready and untangled for possible use.
- Check your floodlights; door lights; KEEP THEM ON.
- Soak down wood fences and surfaces
- If you have a fire extinguisher-get it ready
- Check on each other-especially older neighbors, and the vulnerable.
The city adds that those who stand outside watching over homes or business should "not confront anyone," and call 911 or "call another neighbor to be with you" instead.
According to the release, authorities have "no intelligence at this time of any residential targets as these groups have been targeting commercial locales."
State and city leaders are urging everyone — even peaceful protesters — to go home after 8 p.m., with Gov. Tim Walz stating earlier Saturday, "if you are on the streets tonight, it is very clear: You are not with us, you do not share our values."
"It will be a dangerous situation on the streets tonight," he added.
Around 2,500 National Guard troops have been deployed throughout the Twin Cities, joining hundreds of state police, county and local law enforcement in the response.