Let’s face it, the economy is headed for a collapse. With the bailouts back in 2008, the endless spending and corruption in nearly every government department, our country has gotten itself into some financial trouble. If the economy collapses, there will be widespread chaos and rioting across the U.S. and the entire world.
Keep Your Home Safe During an Economic Collapse
There are things you can do to make sure your home is protected against looters and criminals, looking for food or supplies. These simple things will help divert people to easier pickings, which could end up being your neighbor, so consider sharing these tips with them as well.
Install some sort of surveillance system so you know when someone is approaching your house. Knowing that people may be watching should keep many people from trying to break in. This will depend on whether or not you still have electricity.
Driveway alarms are also good to have, because they act as an electronic tripwire, and should be easily converted to run off of a DC battery.
Board up your windows with plywood or cover them with chicken wire. This is one of the smartest things you can do. Obviously not right now, but at least have the plywood on hand. Consider spray painting messages on the outside that would scare people off. Things that let people know you’re armed and dangerous. More than anything you just want to block off all access to windows that someone has access to from the ground.
Any gun will work, but there are some that are better for home defense. At close range, nothing is better than a shotgun. With a shotgun you don’t have to worry about being a perfect shot. Point the barrel in the person’s direction and you should hit them. If not, they won’t want to stick around for another shot!
Make sure you have a stockpile of ammunition as well. What happens if you run out of ammo though? Not a problem if you have a sword or knife. It may sound ridiculous but having a long sharp sword is your next best option when the ammunition supply runs dry.
Food and Water
Keep enough food storage to last you and your family for several months. Look for things that are both cheap and high in calories. Peanut butter is a great example. Along with food, you need water. Besides just storing water you should also get a water filter. You’d be surprised how much water you need on a daily basis, and you probably don’t even have room to store enough. Go out and pickup a small water filter, as well as some extra filters. You can find them for under $100 and they work great.
Having food storage is great but you need to make sure you store it in a safe location, a place where it can’t be damaged by flood waters or stolen by looters. Most people typically store it in their basement or cellar but that’s a big mistake unless your house is flood proof. Consider storing it as high up as you can and keep the door locked.
If you follow these simple tips you will be so much better off than the average person. You’ll have food, a safe home, and a way to protect it from the people that didn’t prepare.