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Survival Prep: A Residential Security Checklist

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 12:30 PM

With news of natural disasters, protests, and nuclear weapons abound, one can never be too careful when it comes to keeping their family safe.

Should disaster strike, the best place for you and your family to be, according to SecretsofSurvival.com, is in your own home — provided it’s secure, of course.

When prepping for a survival situation, you’ll need food, water, heat, power, a first aid kit, and a security plan.

Here’s a basic checklist for making sure your residential property is secure:

Get to know your neighborhood — SecretsofSurvival.com writes that, unless you’ve built your home to be a fortress, it’s easier to secure a neighborhood than a residential home.

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This is because many residents working together make it easier to secure a neighborhood perimeter, but knowing the terrain around your home could help you determine how intruders could get to your property.

Being aware of your surroundings can also help you plan better escape routes and vantage points.

SilverCoins suggests getting to know your neighbors too, as they’re likely to be your closest allies in a disaster situation.

Surveillance and lighting — SilverCoins writes that placing security cameras or alarms strategically around your house will make sure you’re notified of danger before it hits.

The Prepper Journal adds that you should at least have cameras over your doors and surrounding areas, while SecretsofSurvival.com says that motion detectors can be just as useful.

If you can’t afford proper security cameras, Red Eagle Prepper says dummy cameras, which start at just $8, can go a long way to deter criminals.

Your property will also need to be well-lit, so you can see would-be criminals before they make it to the door.

The Prepper Journal says lights should shine away from your home and not on it. Survivalist Prepper also suggests making sure any blind spots around your home are illuminated so there’re no dark spots for criminals to hide in.

Be financially preparedAccording to Before It’s News, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, thousands of people were left with debit and credit cards that were worthless because the electronic grid was down.

That’s why they suggest stockpiling cash for a possible disaster situation. The site recommends working savings into your budget and keeping those savings as cash in a safe place at home.

SilverCoins says you should have at least $500 in cash stored at home in different denominations.

In a serious doomsday situation, society may be forced into bartering, in which case SilverCoins say it may be a good idea to invest in some precious metals like gold and silver too.

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Make sure everyone in your home is trained — From your pooch to your children, you want to make sure that everyone is prepared and knows what to do if you need to defend yourselves.

As Survivalist Prepper says, it doesn’t matter how much planning you do to keep your home safe, if everyone’s not on the same page, there’s a “huge hole in your home security measures."

Make sure your family understands the importance of keeping all the doors and windows locked and that they know not to brag about any new purchases to other people. You never know who may be listening.

For serious situations, you may want to make sure everyone in your household has been through basic defense training.

If you have a dog, make sure it’s trained properly and will listen to your commands.

Secure your perimeter — “Think like a criminal and plan for every eventuality.” This advice from The Prepper Journal is important when securing your perimeter.

You need to figure out where criminals could gain access to your property.

Besides making sure the locks on all your windows and doors are in working order, you’ll also want to test the sturdiness of your frames. According to The Prepper Journal, a frame will break long before a lock.

Make sure the entrances to your property are secured and always stay alert for suspicious activity around you when using them.

Thorny bushes or other obstacles along the perimeters of your property could also trip would-be criminals up before they get to your home.

Read Eagle Prepper suggests keeping your car keys close to you incase you need to activate your car alarm. That way, if you know someone on your property, you can set off the alarm to scare them off and draw attention from neighbors who could help.

Make sure you have multiple ways to connect — The Prepper Journal suggests having several means of communication ready. Check them regularly to make sure they work.

Whether you’re dealing with a home invasion or a disaster situation, it’s always a good idea to be able to call for help. Try to have a landline and at least one mobile phone on hand.

SecretsofSurvival.com adds that you should make sure to keep your peripherals, like laptops and radios, charged.

Solar chargers are a great way to keep them powered up in a situation where you have no power.

SecretsofSurvival.com also recommends investing in two-way radio communication.

Firearms and other weapons — While a gun fight should always be a last resort, if things do get bad enough, there are a couple of weapons that may be useful in circumstances where you need to defend yourself or hunt.

The most basic of these, according to SilverCoins, is a handgun and knife, but if you can keep just one firearm, make it a shotgun. They sound scary enough to keep an attacker at bay, ammunition is affordable, and it’s useful as a hunting gun.

If you do decide to keep a firearm handy, make sure you have enough legal ammunition for it.

Less extreme defense weapons are tasers or pepper spray, but these require an attacker to be in close range.

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