By Jesse Jones
When the world starts feeling uneasy, and civil unrest is right on the brink, there will be many people who are unprepared for what's about to happen. With the economy in a weakened state, there are many nations approaching the edge of civil unrest, and knowing how to keep your home safe during civil unrest can safe your life, and your family.
Home Survival During Civil Unrest
Most people will choose to stay in their homes during times of civil unrest. This is understandable as people are more comfortable in areas they feel are familiar.
Fortifying Your Home
It's vital that you fortify your house as soon as you are aware of a potential problem. Waiting until after someone has broken in for the first time can be very costly, and it might be too late to gather supplies before it gets worse.
Having pre-cut materials on hand before a problem arises is your best bet. You should have sheets of plywood prepared to place on the inside of your windows. Yes, it's best to screw these boards in from the inside of your house. This will prevent outsiders from removing the boards easily, and allows you to remove them if needed.
Another important area to prepare for are outside facing doors. Most household doors aren't designed to take high amounts of abuse. You can sturdy a door with a few easy items. As most man doors open to the inside, having some 2x4 boards can be handy. You can lay a chunk on its side, and screw it to the floor against the door, preventing the door from being opened.
Although this is a good temporary means of blocking a door, it's not going to stop someone who has decided to fight to enter your household. Using 2x4's again, you can cut to length 3 boards that when set across the door, will reach about 3-4 inches over your trim. Put on board on its side in front of the door, securely screwing it to the floor. Place a second at the top of your door where it goes across your door, and overlaps on either side. Screwing the board to the door directly, into the trim package, and into the doors frame studs. Do the same with your third board, but put this one just above your deadbolt.
Ideally, you will have set up enough defenses and deterrent's to ward of any person looking to enter your home for supplies. Unfortunately, there is always the chance that someone figures out a way inside. Having a secondary plan for intruders is also very important. Have a code word for your family that signals they need to get to a pre-set safe room, and hunker down. Having firearm's, bladed, or blunt weapon's available to deal with intruders is also recommended. We suggest you also become fluent in the use of the weapons you choose to keep around.
When the SHTF ruthless predators will roam about seeking their next target. And sooner or later, they’re gonna find you too…
Although we do not want to easily hand over our shelter and supplies, in some cases a tactical retreat is all you can do to save your and your family's life. Have a plan setup with your family on where to go if you get split up during the course of escaping your property. Once you have escaped safely, you can reassess the situation and decide if trying to retake your house is the best tactical decision.
In most cases, poorly trained invaders will not suspect a retreat and then a counter attack. Attackers tend to focus on a single objective once the position has been taken. Unless they took the position for long term holding, they will be focusing on gathering your supplies and leaving. Catching them off guard as they scrounge your supplies will give you a huge advantage. That, and you know the terrain better than them hopefully. Use it to your advantage.
Keeping your family safe is important. Always have plans for as many scenarios as you can, making sure your children understand the basic components of each. Don't scare your children with these plans, but rather make the planning and execution a game. The faster and more accurately they execute these plans, the bigger their reward.
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