As your family huddles together in your bunker, you hear the noises and you fear the worst. The dark veil of night is all around and there is no way to tell who is coming or who is going. All you know at the moment is that you and your family are about to come face to face with a group of hungry and desperate wanderers. Are they armed? How many are in the group? Will you be able to protect your family and your supplies? All of these questions swirl through your mind as you hear the first attack on your door. If only you had prepared a better defensive response. You have tons of food and water and you have a great deal of medical supplies. Yet the one thing you need right now is nowhere to be found. You need protection.
While this might sound like a scene straight from a Hollywood thriller, the reality is that this is a very conservative guess as to what could happen after a real widespread disaster. Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of preppers are making plans as we speak for this very scenario. While we are not sure what is coming, we all understand the warning signs and the red flags. We know that the disaster could happen at any moment and we want to be prepared. Unfortunately there are many preppers that are forgetting one basic step of preparedness. If you cannot adequately protect your shelter, then you are not going to survive long.
If your shelter falls under attack, you are likely to encounter people that are willing to do whatever they must in order to ransack your supplies. Instead of focusing solely on stocking up on food and water, which is a great idea, you need to also take the time to put together a plan of action for protecting your home. There are numerous ways that this can be done. You could opt for the armed approach where you have lots of ammunition and guns, or you could move in another direction. Let’s look at a few options you have at your disposal.
First, it is always a good idea to have at least one firearm. Personally, I think it is a much smarter idea to have at least one gun per person in the home. In addition to the guns you need to have an ample supply of ammunition. When you think you have enough, buy some more. You also need to diversify your gun supply. A shotgun is a great home defense weapon, but you do not want to have 5 shotguns and nothing else. Try to incorporate a few rifles and a few handguns as well. My personal favorite handgun is the .380. It is small enough to handle well but it packs a serious punch. An AR-15 is another great rifle that offers ease of use and superior knock down power.
Even if you have a good supply of firearms, your security plan is not finished. In order to offer the best protection, you need to go the extra mile. Guns are not enough. You also should look into having a few surprises placed on your property. Maybe you have an electric fence around your property or maybe you could have a few booby traps lying in wait. One of my favorite ideas is to have a security buzzer that informs you when a car, animal, or even groups of people are approaching the home. This alerts you to the trespasser with a doorbell sound and gives you a few extra seconds to prepare.
Another option is a home security system with surveillance cameras posted around the home’s interior and exterior. If you have a lot of acreage, placing surveillance cameras around the property is a great way to insure that your home stays secure and you know of any approaching danger before it can cause major damage. Install the monitors for all of your surveillance equipment in your safe room or bunker so you always have access to the live feed when you need it.
After you install the surveillance system, it’s time to make sure your bunker is fully secure. We have fortified our safe room in a number of ways. First, the entrance to the room is the size of a regular garage door. However there is not a garage door there. In the place of the garage door we have built a sliding metal door. The door is built from 4 pieces of ¾ plywood with 2 pieces of ½ steel on the outside and the inside. It is a heavy door that will not break down easily. We also have the option of placing steel rods in the floor to keep the door from being pushed in. Inside the room we have installed a fresh air intake that is coupled to an NBC filter. This is a filter that cleans nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons from the air.
It’s also important to have two exits in your bunker. Besides your primary entrance, you should also have a second way of escape. This could empty out through a tunnel underground or by connecting to another room in the home. Keep this exit well hidden. You could place a built in shelf on the wall in front of this secret door so that when it is closed, the shelf covers the door completely. Having an alternate escape route is vital in case the bunker is under attack and you can no longer keep the intruders at bay. At that point, you can bug out through your hidden exit and slip out before they can get inside and harm you or your family.
As you prepare your emergency shelter, make sure you go the extra mile to protect it. By investing in firearms, surveillance systems, and a secondary exit, you could ultimately save your family from suffering a terrible fate.
How do you insure that your survival shelter stays secure?