External Security Preparedness
by Tess Pennington
by Tess Pennington: SHTF
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Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana coast, reports out of New
Orleans on September 1st stated that victims of the disaster were
being raped and beaten and that fights and fires were out of control,
leaving corpses laying in the open as the city descended into anarchy.
Emergency responders in the New Orleans area were overwhelmed, and
as a result their response time was lapsed.
in scenario may be our only choice after a disaster strikes
and we must prepare not only for our basic needs, but also for our
safety. Since the grid may go down during a disaster, each household
should prepare for crime. Looting and home invasions will more than
likely be at the forefront of these crime waves and a defensible
home will help your family stay safe.
Many of us
easily relate to the idea that our home security needs to be beefed
up. In fact, some of the homes we live in are defensive nightmares
given the location, structural design, neighborhood or city we may
live in. Because the home will be more vulnerable when the grid
goes down (due to electrical alarm systems not working, lapsed emergency
response time, etc), consider having some alternative security features
for inside the home. A barking dog would be a great detection system
for anyone trying to break in. And, if the pet is trained properly,
could assist in protecting the family.
In an emergency
where civil unrest can be a problematic issue, criminals look for
accessible targets. They will concentrate on vulnerable easy-pickings
and bypass the more secured areas. This was seen during the Rodney
King Trial Verdict riots in Los Angeles and its suburbs, the
only structures that were spared from active looting by large gangs
were some stores owned by armed Korean Americans.
an important preparedness measure to keep in mind when investing
in your emergency supplies. Bulking up your home security features
for the outside can be your first line of defense in preventing
any criminals from trying to enter your home.
our financial situations are each unique, I am not suggesting that
you go out and purchase every item on this list. However, if you
are able to invest in some security items for the home, I suggest
you invest in as much as you can.
doors and locks. (There is only 1" of wood protecting you
in normal door locks.)
- Barred windows
or European-style security/storm shutters.
- Place thorny
bushes or plants around windows or near vulnerable areas of the
- If possible,
create a barrier from approaching vehicles.
- Put a peep
hole in the door.
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