If you are bugging in, fortifying your home from invasion is an important step in your preparations for SHTF. There is something to say for bugging in. It is most likely where you have all your supplies. It doesn’t take a lot of extra supplies or money to buy what you need to get your house secured for break-ins, riots, looters, zombies, or a natural disaster.
All your exterior doors should have heavy-duty dead bolts or other heavy-duty locks on them. If you have wood doors, replace them with steel doors. If you have sliding glass doors, place a pipe or block of wood in the track so that intruders cannot slide the door open. Further, if you shop around at your local hardware stores, there are a variety of double bolt sliding glass door locks that you can install yourself. None of the interior doors in my house had locks when I moved in, so I added locks on the inside, so that I may barricade myself in any of them if I have to.
I lucked out with the design of my house. It sits up quite high, so the majority of the windows are not accessible from the outside without a stepladder. You may not be as lucky. If you can, replace all your windows with hurricane-rated windows or you can place decorative steel or iron bars over all of them. A cheaper option is to buy security laminate for all your windows, which you can install yourself. Keep your windows covered with heavy curtains or blinds at all times, so potential burglars cannot see all the goodies you have in the house. In addition, zombies can’t get an eyeful of all the tasty morsels.
If you cannot afford to replace or redo all the windows or doors, work on designating one room as a safe room. Ideally, this would be an interior room, but I know that isn’t possible for everybody. A basement or attic is ideal. Finishing out a basement or attic takes work, but they also provide the safest and most fortified shelter in your home.
When the Time Comes
When the time comes to hunker down, you should have in your supplies enough wood or steel plates to board up your windows from the inside. Catch wood on sale at your local hardware store and purchase it when you can. Keep basic tools inside your house, a drill, a few hammers, and plenty of nails. I’d hate it if I wouldn’t be able to make it from the house to the tool shed, and back to the house in time. In a pinch, you can break furniture and use the wood from that to board up windows. Also, keep plenty of plastic and duct tape to seal up all windows and doors from any possible type of contaminant.
What have you done to prepare for bugging-in? Tell us about it in the comment section.
Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!
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