Prepper Daisy Luther, a regular at Lew Rockwell, offers a comprehensive guide on how to survive the coming civil unrest.
She oberves that civilization is starting to crack. It’s only a thin veneer for many creatures who walk among us anyway. For example, she points out the violent, uncivilized behavior that has come to characterize Black Friday.
Her guide is long and detailed. Here I offer an excerpt that focuses on keeping your home from being a target.
he best way to win a fight is to avoid getting into that fight in the first place.Secure your home and lay low, but be prepared if trouble comes to visit.
Here are some tips to make your home less of a target:
Keep all the doors and windows locked. Secure sliding doors with a metal bar. Consider installing decorative grid-work over a door with a large window so that it becomes difficult for someone to smash the glass and reach in to unlock the door. Install a door bar on your front and back doors.
Keep the curtains closed. There’s no need for people walking past to be able to see what you have or to do reconnaissance on how many people are present. If the power is out, put dark plastic over the windows. (Heavy duty garbage bags work well.) If it’s safe to do so, go outside and check to see if any light escapes from the windows. If your home is the only one on the block that is well-lit, it is a beacon to others.
Keep cooking smells to a minimum, especially if there is a food shortage. If everyone else in the neighborhood is hungry, the meat on your grill will draw people like moths to a flame.
Don’t answer the door. Many home invasions start with an innocent-seeming knock at the door to gain access to your house.
Keep pets indoors. Sometimes criminals use an animal in distress to get a homeowner to open the door for them. Sometimes people are just mean and hurt animals for “fun”. Either way, it’s safer for your furry friends to be inside with you.
Fire is of enormous concern in these types of scenarios. Fire is a cowardly attack that doesn’t require any interaction on the part of the arsonist. It flushes out the family inside, leaving you vulnerable to physical assaults.
Be ready for the potential of fire.
Have fire extinguishers mounted throughout your home. You can buy them in 6 packs from Amazon
Be sure to test them frequently and maintain them properly. (Allstate has a page about fire extinguisher maintenance.)
Have fire escape ladders that can be attached to a windowsill in all upper story rooms. Drill with them so that your kids know how to use them if necessary.
Have bug-out bags prepared that contain all of your important documents in them in case you have to grab and go.
If despite your best efforts, your property draws the attention of people with ill intent, you must be ready to defend your family and your home.
For some, vandalizing and destroying property is the order of the day. Often, times of civil unrest give people of a certain mentality the excuse they need to seek vengeance against those who have “more” than they do. Tensions erupt between the “haves” and the “have-nots”. When this occurs, often destruction of property is the way these people choose to show their “power”.
While this starts out as purely a property crime, the situation can quickly turn violent. If someone is outside bashing the headlights of your vehicle, it isn’t a far stretch to think that they’ll bash on you if you confront them.
How to respond to this is a very individual decision, and depends to a great extent on your personal skill levels and confidence. For example, I’m a single mom with daughters. As much as I like my Jeep, it’s unlikely that I’d confront an angry mob destroying it because that just wouldn’t be sensible. Things can be replaced, but you and your family members cannot. If you are a person who is unaccustomed to physical confrontations, you may be better off staying inside and calling your insurance company after the fact. No possession is worth your life or the lives of your family.
There’s much more at LewRockwell.com and at Daisy’s site, The Organic Prepper. Just today, Germany told its citizens to stockpile food and water in case of attack. You have to suspect the German government knows that an invasion of Germany is coming or a terrorist nuclear bomb is going to be set off. Whatever, take Daisy’s article and start getting ready for bad times.
BTW, the next section of her piece advises everyone to get a gun and learn how to use it.