Secure your Home and Water Supply
Security Preps Part 2
- Reinforced doors and locks. (There is only 1 ” of wood protecting you in normal door locks.)
- Barred windows or European-style security/storm shutters.
- Place thorny bushes or plants around windows or near vulnerable areas of the home.
- If possible, create a barrier from approaching vehicles.
- Put a peep hole in the door.
- Add a bolt and chain to the door.
- Infrared (IR) floodlights to illuminate the property (These can be motion-sensor activated).
- Solar garden lighting can also be an inexpensive way to illuminate areas outside the home.
- Fence the entire property, if it is not done so already.
- A gate at the front of the driveway that has spikes at the top to prevent someone from jumping over the fence.
- Cameras placed strategically around the home and near the entry points of the home can also deflect an intruder.
- Create a safe room or vault to where a family can go to evade their attackers.
- Buy a gun and know how to use it
Water Preps Part 2
- Collapsible 2-gallon water containers (as many as you think your family needs)
- 1-2 Bath tub storage – This is a large food grade plastic container that holds up to 65 gallons of water and fits convenienctly into your tub.
- Water filtration system – Big Berkey Water Filtration Sytems are, by far a great investment for your preparedness foundation. As for pocket water filters nothing comes close to the Katadyn Pocket Microfilter. It has a 20-year warranty and can filter up to 13,000 gallons of water. All in a compact size for your bug out bags. Also, the life straw also has some great reviews and would be in your best interest to check it out. It removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% waterborne protozoan parasites, and will filter approximately 264 gallons of water.
- Purchase extra filters for any water filtration systems
- Water purification tablets – my family has stocked up on micropur tablets, but there are a host of other purification tablets out there. These tablets are great to carry in your bug out bags, evacuation vehicles and even to use on camping trips.
- Walk around the perimeter of your home and see where the vulnerable areas are.
- Make necessary changes to the outside of the home by bulking up on security layers.
- Contact a security expert or friend in the police department and see if they can provide you with additional advice.
- If it is a good fit with your family, look into purchasing a firearm or going to a concealed handgun course.
- Create a neighborhood watch program.
- Have at least 7 days of water stored up if you can afford it make it two weeks. Remember: 1 gallon of water per person/per day.
- Ensure that you have water purification systems for the home and bug out bag. This gives you a back up for your back up.
- Start practicing water conversation in your home.
- Learn some alternative ways to collecting water. Rain Barrels, Grey Water, etc