Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

You are sitting on your couch with your best friend. The nice cup of tea you poured just before turning on the TV is growing cold. A somberly dressed man on television tells you not to leave your house. He says not to try to reach family and friends. He tells you that the best course of action is to stay inside with the doors and windows secured.

Is this advice good or bad?

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany
Home may feel safe, but unless you have made some serious upgrades to your home security, you may not actually be safe. If home isn’t safe, leaving could be best. However, if you don’t have a place in mind to escape to, leaving would be suicidal.

What is a girl to do? Prepare ahead of time of course! Consider your Survival Center an extension of your Go-Bag.

If you are a homebody, turn your humble home into a Survival Center. If you prefer to be out and about, choose a place that is close enough to travel to without putting yourself and those you care about into too much danger.

What does a Survival Center need?
  • It needs to be both easily accessible and easily defended. You should be able to let allies in without much trouble, but enemies should not have the same luxury.
    • If the Survival Center is your home, equip the windows with heavy-duty shutters to prevent entrance via broken windows. Be sure to secure all the windows including the ones living people may overlook.
    • If you are going out, make sure that your pre-determined destination has unbreakable windows and that it can be easily patrolled.
  • Ample food and drinkable water need to be readily available.
  • Equip the structure with a generator so that when the power fails, you will still have some of the comforts of modern living like running water and security systems.
  • Have plenty of blankets, thermals, and sleeping-bags available for those cold nights.
  • If possible, your Survival Center should have a wood burning stove. These put off heat and can be used to cook food or boil water for safe consumption. If you cook on the stove, be sure to use pots and pans without plastic on them as the heat will not be confined to an element or a burner.
  • Of course any successful Survival Center will have an arsenal. Be certain that yours is stocked with both long range and short range weapons that you are proficient using. Having a 9x19mm Walther P99 will do you no good if you cannot accurately fire it.
How else will you equip your Survival Center? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. Generators would be attencion getting. Try a chem. toilet and cisterns for water.Also, when fortifying a 2 floor home, chop out the stairs and replace them with a light pull-up ladder. Makes a decent shot-term refuge when attacked. Other than that, get a chrystal radio and convert as many of your appliances to easily replacable battery power. Russ

  2. I still want a missile silo house...

  3. A missile silo house? One of those phallic looking things that doesn't house grain?