Sheltering in Place: There are many reasons you would have to stay where you are at; family, finances, job, time, etc. If you have to stay where you’re at, there are things you can do to increase your odds at surviving at your location, like fortifying your home. The bottom line here is making your home as difficult as possible to break into – in other words, you should create a fort.
Inside your home: Like I’ve said before, there is always safety and strength in numbers. Having like minded family and/or close friends sheltering with you will greatly increase your odds in surviving, provided you have enough food, water, and supplies for everyone to survive. Also, each person old enough should have their own pistol and rifle or pistol and shotgun with at least 1,000 rounds minimum for each gun to defend your family and the shelter. There will be gangs and looters to keep away. The photo below was taken after Katrina by neighborhood watch.
Ballisticly, a brick or stone house will be much better than a standard wood and Sheetrock home. In this case, it would be a great idea to have a few hundred sandbags full of gravel & sand to fortify the inside just in case you get caught in a shootout.
Doors: Having an extra heavy duty security door over each external door to your home will greatly deter looters. Every external door should be solid oak, steel, or a metal clad door secured with heavy duty four in screws in the hinges. For the door knob latch, it should also be secured with four in screws along with the latch for the heavy duty dead bolt. There should be at least a 160 degree minimum angle peep hole. Having extra door latches, security chains, and door blocks is just a plus.
Garage Doors: Most door slide bars have a hole in them for a pad lock so keep one handy. It’s also a good idea to have some heavy duty chain to secure the door roller track and keep the door from being raised.
Windows: Unless you have heavy-duty burglar bars over your windows, in your barn, garage, store room, etc. you should have several sheets of ¾” plywood, enough to cover every window on your house. These sheets will be mounted with at least 3” to 4” screws, never use nails. Have a good cordless drill hand and plenty of screws to secure the plywood. Put a screw every three to four inches around the edge. You will also want to put a ½” drill hole to be able to look out. Just be sure to keep it covered from the inside so no light escapes.
Gates: Have heavy duty chain links available to secure all personal and vehicle gates coming into your property.
Property line / Fencing: If someone can drive a vehicle across your lawn into your house, you’re in trouble. To protect your home, you will need some type of heavy-duty fencing or barricades all around your home for vehicle intrusion protection. I have covered this before in a previous article.
Having a survival retreat or a safer place to go to and survive is so crucial for surviving. And knowing when to leave BEFORE all hell breaks loose rather than WHEN will greatly increase your odds of getting there safely. And having at least 90% of your supplies at your survival retreat will also help greatly before bugging out.
Before bugging out, you should practice loading all your remaining supplies (your 10%) in your bug-out vehicle to make sure you have enough room for your family and supplies. If it does not all fit, take your excess to your retreat well before it is to late. When the time comes to bug-out, you know everything will fit. Once loaded, SECURE YOUR HOME. Make sure all your utilities are turned off and locked so no one can turn them on again. Make sure all doors, windows, and gates are locked and secured. Depending on the type of disaster, one day there might be a chance for you to return home.
Transportation: A good heavy-duty pickup or SUV with 4WD is one of the best all around bug-out vehicles to have. However, whatever vehicle you do have you want to make sure is always stays in very good running condition. The last thing you need is your vehicle breaking down during your bug-out, then you’ll really be up sh*t creek unless you’re running in a convoy. The best colors for a bug-out vehicle would be earth tone colors that would be difficult to see at a distance. Blacks, dark greens, browns, and tans will be your best bet. If your bug-out vehicle is an RV, they stick out like a sore thumb and can be easily targeted during a bug-out. You will want to camouflage them as best as possible.
Bugout route: You will need a bare minimum of at least three escape routes from your location to your survival retreat. Again, having plans A, B, & C at a minimum will only increase your survivability. When the time comes to leave, bugging out in a group in a convoy will also increase your survivability. But again, knowing when to leave BEFORE all hell breaks loose rather than WHEN will greatly increase your chances. You defiantly do not want to be stuck in traffic during a bug-out.
- Dare to Prepare by Holly Deyo is one of the top three preparedness books on the market.
- One Second After by William R. Forstchen is an excellent novel on what will happen after an EMP attack.
- Patriots – A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley, Rawles is another excellent novel of what will happen after an economic collapse.
- How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It by James Wesley, Rawles is another excellent reference book on preparedness.
After Armageddon is a History Channel 90 minute documentary about a worse case scenario disaster situation that can be watched on You Tube.