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.

Suggested Projects

  1. Walk around the perimeter of your home and see where the vulnerable areas are.
  2. Make necessary changes to the outside of the home by bulking up on security layers.
  3. Contact a security expert or friend in the police department and see if they can provide you with additional advice.
  4. If it is a good fit with your family, look into purchasing a firearm or going to a concealed handgun course.
  5. Create a neighborhood watch program.
  6. 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.
  7. Ensure that you have water purification systems for the home and bug out bag. This gives you a back up for your back up.
  8. Start practicing water conversation in your home.
  9. Learn some alternative ways to collecting water. Rain Barrels, Grey Water, etc

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