In putting my plans for survival together over the years, I have found myself preparing more thoroughly for a bug in situation than a bug out
Aside from a flood, there are few situations in which I feel bugging out would be the better choice.
Since every situation is different, a bit about my situation.
I live in a rural town, population about 1500.
We are surrounded by farms, fields, rivers and lakes.
The well on my property provides my water, but also needs to be protected. The well itself is exactly 67 yards from my back porch.
House is a split level. This means I have quite a few large windows (4'x4') at ground level. It also means that five feet of my lower level is
The upper level is fifteen feet above ground, windows in all directions.
Sorry so wordy, but here is a bit
of what I had to look at. Some of this was done to prevent against wmd fall-out, etc. rather than human
Security lighting, some solar, which clicks on with motion detected.
It can be seen from inside the house, giving forewarning to anyone approaching.
All screws to entry doors were replaced with 4 inch deck screws, and door frames re-enforced.
Several doors have one type of barricade or another.
All windows have had the putty (which holds the window to the frame) removed, and replaced with clear latex/ silicone caulk. This caulk stays soft,
and if a window is broken, many more shards of glass remain than with the putty.
All windows have been sealed on the outside cracks and crevices as well.
On the garage door, I have drilled a hole in each guide rail(?) that the little wheels roll up and down in, and keep u-bolts right next to each hole.
Simply putting these bolts through the hole and tightening the nuts stops the door from raising,
In my basement, I keep pre-cut plywood for each of the lower windows. I have attached cyclone fencing the back of the pre cut panels, and have holes
pre-drilled by the windows.
I keep 4 inch lag bolts, as well as the proper size socket and a ratchet with these. I can just see me scrambling around, looking for that damn 7/16
socket as the shtf!
I could go on for quite a while, but I won’t.
I will say that there is so much that can be done in advance that can give you the upper hand, it’s ridiculous.
Anything that can deter, give you forewarning, and buy extra time is worth doing, imo.
Cover can be created using household items, e.g. filing cabinets, book shelves filled with books, etc.
Walls can be re-enforced. You don’t need to do the whole wall, so long as you know what part of the wall is cover, and which is concealment,
you’ll be better off.
Do this by pulling drywall off the wall in a strategic area (corner, perhaps) pour concrete between the studs, or, better yet, fill with high strength
clay bricks, put the drywall back up, paint, or whatever. You now have a covered position, they don’t.
Try not to keep all your weapons in one place. I know this is tricky, especially if you have kids, but there are ways that are plenty safe.
Within your home, your handgun is only used to get you to your long gun!
I have posted a link to a relevent thread below.
It was about home invasion, but still has pertinent info.
[edit on 17-1-2010 by Oaktree]