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Ten Secrets to Protect Your Home During A Disaster

Thursday, November 17, 2016 20:58
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Ten Secrets to Protect Your Home During A Disaster


When a catastrophe strikes, people that are not prepared often find that their survival instincts will kick in, and this makes them start to consider doing things that they normally wouldn’t do just to be able to live. Unfortunately, this means that they will be willing to attack others who took the time to prepare, so they can get their supplies or steal their form of shelter. Because of this, it is essential that people plan ways that they can protect themselves and their supplies ahead of time. Read on for ten of the best ways that you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe from break-ins.


1. Thorns of Protection


Plants with sharp points or thorns make an intruder think twice about trying to cross through them. That is why it helps to plant a thick layer of them near all of your windows. The types of plants that you choose should be based on the region that you live in. Northern folks might need roses, while those who live in the South might consider cacti instead.


2. Weapons


Some type of weapons should be kept for protection, and this doesn’t necessarily mean guns. Guns require bullets, which a person can quickly run out of. Baseball bats, large sticks or clubs, or even sharp, pointy objects can all be used to protect a person who is being attacked from a home intruder. If there has been recent threats of break-ins in the area that you live in, then it might also be important for a person with a club or sharp object to stand guard at night as a watch-out.


3. Bells and Whistles


Intruders need the element of surprise to be able to successfully steal from their victims. But they won’t have a chance if you have a simple security system made from bells and whistles. String up bells on door handles and windows. Also, be sure to make a barrier that they can’t cross through without making noise. Each person should wear a whistle around their neck that they can blow in case they need help too.


4. Safe Room


At night, all people in the house should sleep in the same room if possible. It is easier to guard one room than it is several different ones. The room should have a door with a deadbolt to it and no windows. A supply of food, water, and toiletry supplies should be kept in this safe room in case it is necessary to stay in there for several days.


5. Sealing Doors and Windows


Most of the doors and windows on the ground floor should be sealed off. Leave one door for going in and out in the back of the house. One window near the safe room should be left for an emergency escape route. But it should be concealed and have bells hung from it in case an intruder tries to get in through it.


6. Lighting


Most people think that lighting up their home like a fortress is the best solution for preventing a break-in. However, lighting is a bit trickier than this in a survival situation. If flood lights are used at night, they have to draw power from generators that require a lot of fuel, which can be difficult to come by. They also attract attention to passersby that might think that the house is an attractive place to stay for the night. For this reason, hand-cranked flashlights should be the only lighting used at night to see around the home. Whoever is on guard should have one with them all of the time too.


7. Staying Low Key


Homes with nothing valuable to steal outside will attract less attention. So never leave any sources of food or water where others can see them. Weapons should also not be flashed around because someone might want to take them. Even the garden areas have to be concealed with some type of fencing. Never talk about what supplies that you have in your house to anyone either. During a survival situation it is also best to not allow anyone but family members in the home. A person might seem trustworthy, but they could be only after food or water.


8. Dogs


Dogs have much better hearing than humans do. So they can tell if a person is trying to break-in right away. Large dogs are also very intimidating to potential intruders. However, if you intend to have large dogs as part of your survival plan, then you must plan accordingly since you will need extra food and water provisions for them. Foods from come in both freeze dried and canned forms, so they are the best to keep since they retain their flavor and texture for so long.


9. Strength in Numbers


A person who is living alone is at a higher risk for a break-in than a large group of people who live together. Everyone has to sleep sooner or later, so if someone lives alone, they can have a break-in with no one on guard at night. Because of this, it is best for single people to collaborate in combining supplies and housing with at least one other person that they trust.


10. Escape Routes


If a large group of people attack a house, the residents inside may have no choice but to flee. This is not an ideal situation to be in though, and it should only be done if there is no other choice. Since it is impossible to know when or how an intruder will attack, several escape routes should be thought out and planned for. Each person who will be staying at the house should go through regular drills to prepare for how to react in case someone does get inside too.


By following these ten tips you can help protect you and your family from a break-in during a catastrophe. But remember, those who are prepared ahead of time will have the highest chances of survival. By stocking up your supply of food from and forming plans of protection now, you can be among the few who aren’t panicking when disaster strikes.



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