Safety and Training

How to be Prepared on Every Level of Your Home

Mountain House foods packed in a plastic ammo can.

Crazy events seem to occur every week in this country, which remind us about the importance of being prepared. So, not only should you have the necessary gear and supplies to make it through an emergency, you should also place them throughout your home for easy access. Here are some items I keep throughout my house so I can get to them quickly and safely.


I have at least one gun stored on every level of my home. Because I have small children in the house, every one of these guns is in a rapid-access safe, either a safe made by Gunvault or Stack-On. The fact is, if someone breaks into my home, I don’t have to worry about running upstairs (and possibly past the intruder) to retrieve a firearm to defend myself. Some of these guns include a GLOCK 19, SIG Sauer P226, and SIG Sauer P250.

GLOCK 19, SIG Sauer P226, and SIG Sauer P250 handguns
The author secures self-defense firearms such as the GLOCK 19, SIG Sauer P226, and SIG Sauer P250 at all levels of his home.


Guns aren’t the only preparedness item I have on every level of my home. I also have a flashlight on every level, so in case the lights go out, I don’t have to wander around in the dark trying to find a flashlight hidden in an obscure corner of the house. When it comes to flashlights, I have plenty of tactical flashlights that I carry with me and that I have on my nightstand. These flashlights are made by SureFire and NexTorch.

However, in addition to my tactical flashlights, I also have larger non-tactical lights, which have batteries that will last for dozens of hours. One big light I have in my kitchen is a 6V Eveready flashlight that can be bought at hardware stores for about $7. This is the large yellow flashlight that you’ve probably seen a million times. The beauty of this flashlight is that it lasts 100 hours before you need to get a new battery, and a new battery is only about $8.

NexTorch, SureFire, and Nebo Flashlights
Flashlights are an easy and safe item to place throughout your home. From left are models by NexTorch, SureFire, and Nebo.
Recently, I got another larger flashlight that will also last 100 hours. The light is the O2 Beam by Nebo. It’s a brand-new flashlight that has five different settings. The low setting puts out 85 lumens of light and will last 100 hours. The medium setting puts out 200 lumens and lasts 55 hours. The high setting puts out 420 lumens and lasts 20 hours. The other two settings are strobe and beacon.

I’ve been very impressed with this flashlight so far, because not only does it have the five settings, but you can adjust the light beam to go from being wide to a concentrated spotlight. According to the company, when the flashlight is on the highest setting and it’s in “spot light mode,” the beam distance is 500 yards. Surprisingly, this flashlight isn’t too expensive, only $80, which is a good deal for this type of flashlight.

Mountain House Meals in a Can
The author advocates putting food storage on every level of the home.


In addition to flashlights and guns, I also have food storage on every level of my home. The reason for this is in case there is ever any kind of flooding. Growing up in Virginia, I remember the basement flooding after a hurricane and losing food and all types of supplies we had in our basement.

Unless a “Noah’s Ark” type of flood comes and the water is over top of my house, I don’t have to worry about all of my food getting ruined if water gets into my basement. To get information on food storage, do an online search for “LDS Cannery.” The Mormon Church is a great resource for information on the topic.

How are you keeping your home prepared? Tell us in the comment section.


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Comments (13)

  1. I don’t have a gun stored on every level of my house. Aside from my gun safe, I do have a “rapid access safe” in my bedroom. When I’m home, I don’t need to get to the nearest safe to grab a gun because the gun is on my hip until bedtime, then it’s on a kikstand while I’m in bed.

  2. Guns

    I have at least one gun stored on every level of my home.

    Why store a gun on every level of your home? I carry a Glock 36 on me where ever I am, even while at home to eliminate the need to store a gun in every room or the need to fumble with a lock box. Whether I’m on the tractor, cooking dinner or using the bathroom I always have my Glock. I do keep a Mossberg 12 gauge by the bed and a take down .22 by the back door for squirrels.

  3. I got these for each bedroom (Two kids, master), kitchen and shop in basement – nightlight when charging, 9 hour LED flashlight when no power – kids love them as the can just grab them without the “light out panic” and the make great whole-house illumination for safety…

  4. I have all that X times over. Its all on a Single Level floorplan. Fenced yard, 8′ high walled carport, converted attached Garage/Apartment with access from inside house as a Security Room; 8′ high backyard with open killing ground.

  5. I blew bunches of bucks for the MagLights years ago- one in each vehicle (6) in the M/C and around the house. All ended up getting buggered up from lack of use and gooey batteries. Now I have a couple plug in emergency lights around the house and the shop, while every car, bike, etc have the dynamo/wind-up flashlights. Yup, have to keep winding them up, but they work, and the solar light on the emergency radio is good as well for the SHF scenario.

  6. +1 for NamVet. I, too, have standardized rather than over-diversified. Another suggestion I have is to keep a cache of supplies away from the house. I have a storage unit where I keep some supplies. This would be very helpful in many kinds of disasters, even as simple as the house burning. Sure, the Red Cross helps, but it provides peace of mind knowing I have immediate access to clothes, food, tools, etc. Another thing I learned in the military, is keep remote copies of records. I send encrypted DVDs of my computer records to my mother every year. She lives in a different part of the country, so not much short of an asteroid would destroy all my records.

  7. Good article by someone that sounds like they know what they are doing. I opt for Glock 40’s with hollow points. (.45’s also excellent) Remember that the 9mm are higher velocity and tend to go thru walls easier. I also have two identical FN Herstal 12 ga. shotguns ready to go. If you put them out of sight (all the guns) it’s not likely that someone breaking in will see them. I would also practice a lot with loading, mag changes, clearing jams, etc. in the dark. I like the idea of flashlights in EVERY room. I have a lot of lights but don’t have them as spread out as I should.

  8. The problem with leaving a gun in every room is if somebody breaks in while your not at home your guns are gone. However I do agree about having a gun close at hand. My wife and I have S/W revolvers in our night stands on both sides of the bed, my everyday carry Kahr 40 on the kitchen counter and my ppk in my home office desk, no kids to worry about in our house.

  9. A mini flashlight , the Streamlight Nano is on my keyring, and a small metal HI flashlight is in my pants pocket 24/7/365. A larger tactical Surefire flashlight is in the nightstands on both sides of the bed. Add in a flashlite in the glove box or console of each vehicle, and I am never more than 3 feet from a light.

  10. I would standardize the firearm for a home-invasion defence. So if you are going to use a Glock 19, then have 19’s in every place. This does not mean you can’t have other handguns in another safe place. My preference is multiple 1911 45acp placed within easy reach where I spend most of my time, awake or sleeping.

    1. NamVet’s comments are well spoken. A critical situation is a stressful situation. Therefore, having the same firearm (e.g. all Glock 19s) stored in every level (some say, every major room) of your house means you do not have to remember the nuances of any particular firearm because they will all be the same.

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