Many preppers believe when that first missile hits the city, they will simply jump in their bug-out vehicles and head for the hills. But only those with advanced survival skills and ample supplies will be able to survive a long time outdoors. The best option for everyone else is to stay in your homes for as long as you can. A home security system will keep burglars out in normal times, but a few extra steps are needed to turn your home from family dwelling to fortress.
The last thing you want to do is open doors or windows when you don’t know what might be out there. Homes with attics are perfect when you know there are undesirables outside and you need let off a few rounds through the windows. But installing a roof hatch will enable you to exit your home and scope out the area from above. It also gives you another hiding place when necessary. Parts and labor will be around $1,000, but is well worth it.
The more time you have to prepare for a potential attack on your home (even a few seconds), the better you will fare. Booby traps are especially useful when you have a large yard and can place them far away from the house. Trip wires can be made with fishing line or some other invisible string. Put bells or some other noisemaker on them so you’ll not only slow down the undesirables, but will be alerted of their presence. You can use a 12 Gauge alarm on the trip wire as well.
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Land telephone were still present in 64 percent of homes in 2012, down from nearly 90 percent five years earlier, according to the National Center of Health Statistics. At this rate, virtually every household in America will lack a land telephone line by 2020. But smart individuals who want a means of communications when power and broadband are cut off will keep their old reliable phone.
The phone will still work during a power outage if copper lines connect you to the network. Copper can carry both the electrical power and the communication signals on the same line. You may even be able to access dial-up Internet if you’re savvy enough to find a free provider.
Most telecommunications companies now use hybrid fiber-coaxial lines in lieu of copper, according to Consumer Reports. Ask your provider to install copper wires instead of the fiber cables if technically possible (note: they will likely charge a premium for this). Most providers will also install a battery backup system at your request if they cannot do copper cables.
Love Thy Neighbor
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Strength is in numbers when it comes to survival in SHTF scenarios. Knowing which neighbors you can rely on will increase your chances of survival. Your neighborhood could become a protected area in the city, with one home being the medical house, another being the ammunition house, etc. Each neighbor should know what each has to offer and communicate that with one another regularly. Of course you’ll have to determine which “side” each neighbor is on first. But this can easily be achieved via idle chit-chat.