HomeDefense (Safety and Security)The Preppers’ Guide to Securing Your Home for the Next Disaster


The Preppers’ Guide to Securing Your Home for the Next Disaster — 2 Comments

  1. Great points, but a lot of people rent, this adds another layer of complexity. When I was renting, planting victory garden, installing cameras or reinforcing the doors wasn’t an option. The small things that you can do is to apply glass break sensors to each window pane on lower level, so at least you have some advanced warning of entry. I had battery powered sensors on the doors, windows and added locks to the bedrooms, so we had a chance to respond. A small dog is also useful alert system and distraction, and doesn’t eat much (but does cost a lot in medical bills even if healthy). A dog is also useful in relieving the stress from being confined to a small place for month. You could also reinforce the doors with bars that go from the floor to the door knob and have some simplistic way of restricting sliding doors from being open wide enough for a person to enter, yet allow for ventilation. Keep your garage doors closed and consider the door from garage to the house an external door, keep it locked. If you park outside garage do not leave your garage door opener in the car. Importantly, make sure each member of your family knows what to do if alarm goes off in the middle of the night, so that you know exactly where will they be, or what will they do. Keeping your car in good running order, fueled up. Invest in larger fire extinguishers and put them around the house, but in the kitchen have foam extinguishers and some fiberglass cloth to cover common stove fires rather than messing up entire kitchen. Just common sense things.

    Speaking of power outages, battery powered motion detector lights along stairs are important safety precaution, you don’t want to tumble down stairs in the dark. Headlights are extremely useful as they free up your hands and you can point them with your head, pick ones with wide angle light pattern. A small lithium power pack to charge vital electronics is a must, unless you can do that from a laptop USB port without firing your laptop up. Generator is nice, especially if you have one with automatic transfer switch, but they are noisy and consume a lot of fuel whether charging a phone or running a whole house. So it is best to have a small battery bank that you can quickly bulk charge from generator and then use that until it runs out. Critical to have backup power for those relying on medical devices.

    Since I moved into my own place I did install wired cameras with NVRs and monitors in four locations inside the house where we spend most of time, and also have old cell phones at each entry that show only the single camera just outside the door, so you know who is standing there before opening the door. Not to mention various reinforcements on the doors, including installing metal rails on each pane of garage door (you may need to upgrade the springs). I have motion detection sensors around my perimeter and infrared lights to augment the IR lights on the cameras (I can see well beyond my own property at night, while the yard is as dark as every other yard). You can apply safety film on the glass of your windows, not bulletproof, but makes entry much more difficult and noisier. I fully agree with blackout curtains, but I opted for roll-down shades that go about 10 inches beyond the edges of the window frame, helps to take a power nap at noon too if you had to take an overnight watch. The shades block light better and are cheaper. If you live in a two-three story building – a roll-down fire escape ladder is a must in each bedroom, I would think.

    Food, water, meds, tools, raw materials, cooking and water purification devices, communications (cell, internet, radio) goes without saying. If you live in cold climate a way to heat a small internal room (not much you could do for cooling without power, maybe a 12V fan).

    If you are in process of moving now – consider what makes a home resilient and chose wisely. Pick a house outside a flood zone, not at the bottom of a hill where all the sewage flows from the neighbors (where will it go when pumps fail? into your basement), with water well, with area where you can start a garden (and actually do it before you need it, it is hard work to get one going and producing), consider entire neighborhood and external threats, is there a high value target somewhere close by, what is upwind, or upstream, etc. etc.

    Tough task, I am still not where I want to be after making significant efforts to improve my situation. You you need to accept that all that may be gone in a house fire or some natural disaster. But every small thing you do now will make your life much safer and easier in case you need to hunker down. Don’t be discouraged, start small and build it over time. You do this not because you fear the unknown, you prepare to be there for your family when they need you. Good luck!

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