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    Basic Lesson Number 168

    What is Required to BUG-IN at Your Home



    Background: Several Preppers have asked me to consider the possible of Bugging-in at home. Now I do not know what may cause you to want to stay home in the middle of a disaster. It may be your age, medical status, or you are trully ready to survive at home. What this lesson is about what is needed to survive the initial disaster and start rebuilding your lives afterwords.


    1. Some of the resources needed to survive a disaster including:

    Finding 2 sources of water independent of your local City Water Service. Most services will stop within a week of a disaster, it may take years to return.

    Establish a way to destroy trash; by burning what will burn, burying what cannot.

    Setup a way to handle waste water (Grey water) and human waste. This means establishing a latrine and Grey water dump site. Both sites must be 50 yards from any fresh water source.


    2. A mantra in the prepping community on survival is the rule of three: you can survive three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. Those are the top three considerations for survival; however, to expand this rule we shall break it down into ten areas.


    A. Air.

    You can't have your health without air. Pandemics, volcanic eruptions, radiation, or chemical spills/warfare may affect the air you breath. Example: Victims of fire are subject to smoke inhalation. A Prepper can take measures to minimize the risk:

    In a fire, you can improvise by wetting a bandanna with water to help filter out smokey air.

    In a pandemic situation, you can secure your homestead through a quarantine from the outside world, Group members can wear a NIOSH N95 Respirator Mask when outside the immediate home.

    Respirators filter out many chemicals via the filter attached to the mask. With the correct filters you can even stop radioactive dust from entering your lungs.


    B. Water.

    Assuming you're breathing for the moment, water is the next most urgent of emergency preparedness area to concentrate on. You'll need more water than you think to survive a disaster lasting days and weeks. A family of four needs 570 gallons of fresh water, according to Utah State University, for a three-month supply intended for drinking only. Remember also you need additional water for cleaning, cooking, personal Hygiene, pets and livestock, and your garden.

    Learn how to shut off the hot water heater before this becomes a lost skill, and it's too late. Your hot water heater is a source of potable water.

    C. Food.

    Back to the rule of three, a three-month supply of food is bare minimum for a survival plan. Newbies will find it easiest to first gather shelf stable foods that they can buy at the grocery stores. Advanced Preppers learn much from reviewing history like the pioneers who forged the American West.

    Start a garden; canning or freezing the food at the end of summer.


    D. Shelter/location.


    The best Prepper location is your homestead because you already know the lay of the land and you can hide your food and secure the contents; however, the day may come when absolutely necessary to bug out.

    Do you know how to fortify your homestead? Simple steps including fortifying your exit doors to stop intruders from entering, Enclosing windows with Plywood and screws the same as for storm protection.


    E. Fuel for fire.

    No matter how long your Preppers supplies are meant to last you will need to replace your gas, propane stove with the use of a fireplace. You need to prepare to use hard wood as fuel. If you have the property start growing hardwood trees including maple, oak, hickory, apple etc. With the last two you will be able to gather nuts and fruit within a few years.


    F. Equipment:

    Gear up for the home, communicating with the outside world, and defending the homestead. Here are the Prepper items to own:

    Gardening hand tools. Your power tools will last a year then what will you use for fuel?

    Home repair hand tools: Tools for wood working, plumbing, electrical, metal working tools are needed.

    Supplies should include sheets of 3/4 Exterior plywood to cover windows, screws, nails, 2x4's, plumbing, electrical, wood and metal working items.

    Communications: Just buy a GRMS two way radio and a hand-crank AM/FM/NOAA radio is a good start. Additional items are explained in other threads.

    Hunting/Fishing/Trapping gear: To expand your food supplies hunting, fishing, and trapping will need to come into play. "...For man does not survive on Rabbit food alone..."

    G. Security.

    Security goes beyond bullets. Defending the homestead means both passive and active defenses. Items include: built up enter ways, covered windows, observing the area around the home, talking to and cooperating with neighbors. After the disaster has passed help establish a night watch around the neighborhood.

    Ensure all members are armed and experienced in shooting all weapons used by you in your homestead.


    H. Skills.

    Preppers must continually educate themselves on new products, new ideas and develop new skills. There is a lesson plan that list 78 skills you might put some time into learning.


    I. Health.

    Your health is priority number one. Have regular checkups with your physician and dentist, while these are still available.


    J. Faith in yourself is the ultimate survival tool! As you learn and gain experience you will find that not only you find faith in your decisions but other members will too.


    Final Notes: There is many other items we could add but this thread is to open discussions and thread about each of the 10 areas I just mentioned.

    After 23 years of being first a survivalist then a Prepper, my group has survived most disasters over the years, that can befall you, except for Nuclear War.

  • #2
    RICH,

    I already live in a location most would consider incredible for a bug out location. I'm in the middle of the Appalachian mountains in the heart of West Virginia surrounded by hardwood forest mostly owned by the National Park Service as Wild and scenic white water rivers (the Meadow River and the Gauley River). My area is the Wilderness District. Short of a nuclear war contaminating the entire USA, I'm going nowhere. What few neighbors I have are like minded mountain folks and we take care of our own. I picked my location on two basis. 1. Water, fuel (firewood), and food are all immediately available from multiple sources. 2. Security. I live on top of a very high ridge which only allows 3 lanes of access that would all be easily controlled and the area's access would be controllable and outside travel could be denied with the elimination of three bridges. Those would take years to replace as they are either over white water rivers or a major lake, so I would rather not have to get them wet. The area already has a lot of bartering and gardening. Farming isn't very present but there are a good number of farmers that raise cattle, sheep and goats. These are feed on pasture and feed crops and hay grown locally. The weather here can be harsh (deep snow, ice storm, etc.) but we lack the weather events which most have to plan for as SHTF events (Tornado, hurricanes, earth quakes, etc.) so that helps to limit possible severe SHTF events.

    I've done most of what I can do through prior planning and prepping to reduce possible disasters. I love where I live.

    Dale

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    • #3
      Dale it seems you are very well set up to stay at home. I would love a retreat as you have described. But not everyone has that capability. Work, school, family may limit locations.

      One of the items I mentioned above twice, deals with the exterior doors. There are kits for sale that will reinforce the frame of each exterior door. The typical door with lock set will take 1 or 2 blows by a kick, after that the intruders have you at their mercy. You need time to react to this type of threat.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RICHFL View Post
        Dale it seems you are very well set up to stay at home. I would love a retreat as you have described. But not everyone has that capability. Work, school, family may limit locations.

        One of the items I mentioned above twice, deals with the exterior doors. There are kits for sale that will reinforce the frame of each exterior door. The typical door with lock set will take 1 or 2 blows by a kick, after that the intruders have you at their mercy. You need time to react to this type of threat.
        Rich, I've remodeled and built on to my home enough that I've dealt with that (Good part of being your own builder.) All of my doors are steel and mounted with 3 1/2 inch screws. (I've kicked in a few doors in my life and didn't like the thought of it happening to me and mine. I only have one weak door (due to the glass) and I have an aluminum and wood attachment (also coated in truck bed liner) made that I can bolt to that door in a SHTF scenario. I hope it never comes to it but in a TEOTWAWKI scenario I will build directional mines to emplace in areas that should not be visited by strangers. Uncle Sam's training and experience would come in handy then.

        I guess my greatest SHTF scenario of concern is for my country to continue on the socialist, liberty losing path that it is currently on. I can't figure out how to prep for that.

        Dale

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        • #5
          I don not normally talk about individual products but there is one that I like for converting door frames from wood to metal. What it does is place an overlay of metal over the frame where the lock set sits and over each hinge area.

          I seen demos of people using sledge hammers for 10 minutes and not break down the door at the lock set. Of course you cannot expect to use the door again but it has done its job. Cost is just under 100 dollars. you can find it at your local Home Depot or Lowes. You can look it over at the below web site:

          http://www.asafehome.net/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RICHFL View Post
            I don not normally talk about individual products but there is one that I like for converting door frames from wood to metal. What it does is place an overlay of metal over the frame where the lock set sits and over each hinge area.

            I seen demos of people using sledge hammers for 10 minutes and not break down the door at the lock set. Of course you cannot expect to use the door again but it has done its job. Cost is just under 100 dollars. you can find it at your local Home Depot or Lowes. You can look it over at the below web site:

            http://www.asafehome.net/
            Thanks Rich!


            Dale

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            • #7
              Dale you point out one thing that every person here should do this weekend, if not before, if they haven't done so already. Replace the screws in their door hinges!

              This is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to greatly increase the defensive posture and security of their homes. Go buy a small box of 3 1/2" or even better 4" deck screws - IMPORTANT!! NOT drywall screws! they have no where near the same shear strength - and replace at least 1 or more of the screws on the jamb/ wall side of the hinge on every hinge.
              I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you!

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              • #8
                This might be a good one to bump. Securing doors as well as windows. We have already secured our doors with the exception of some things for the patio door we still need to do. Our windows are also secured as when they were replaced it was done with 4 inch screws and about 3 more on top, bottom and sides than what the older ones we had were. The type of windows they are will be very hard to get into. Casement windows with locks on the locks so cannot be picked from outside in any way. Doors are steal with steal frames. also 4 inch screws.

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                • #9
                  I know everyone has plans of what to do if your front door or other doors is kicked in during the night. It happened to me over 20 years ago. I was a Deputy Sheriff at the time and a drug dealer had it in for me. Some how they found out my address and came at me and my family at 2 am one day. Luckily for me I'm a very light sleeper and have a full chock 12 Ga shotgun sitting next to my bed. My wife has a 9 mm Glock in the night stand next to her. I woke up with the first hit on the door. They thought two body's hitting with their shoulders would break down my back door. Yea right. By the time they broke it down I was set with my wife in the bedroom calling 911 with the pistol in her lap. When they got in, I shot 2 times killing one, and wounding the other.

                  I used hand loaded buck and ball which is a southern thing of a 35 mm ball round with 6 .32 cal buck shot on top. Made a mess of the first guy and took the legs out from the other.

                  They were both armed with 9 mm pistols. I expect that they wanted to catch us in bed - 6 shots each and we would have died there.

                  I changed out all my doors and frames from wood to high security metal doors and frames like you find in a bank, schools, and high security areas of the government. These are guarantee to last.

                  Should of seen the report I had to submit to my insurance!!!!!! They were not happy..
                  Last edited by RICHFL; 10-16-2017, 12:52 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Rich I to was broken into many years ago. We were renting a house at the time. We were not home. They broke out a window and came in that way. Fish tank was in front of the window and they knocked that over to get in. They stole my husband's shot guns and a radio that was on tv. They tried to take tv but couldn''t carry it out. They ransacked the house and used a pillowcase to carry out what they could. My next door neighbor was a police officer whom was in process of moving out. He still had a window air conditioner in window and he saw three boys sitting on curb across street from us. He knew one to be the paperboy. This was back in the day when they came by the house to collect for the paper each week. They were caught but nothing much came of it. Two of the 3 boys parents paid a third each of the cost to replace everything but the third one got away with it and parents never paid. Seemed there wasn't much we could do either. They will have a hard time getting through these windows as also we have a alarm on each window that will scare them away if nothing else. as well as the other precautions we have taken. Nothing is full proof but it is something we need to be aware of. Need to get all the new comers on here to chime in to what they are doing to prepare and make any suggestions. This is how we learn about things.

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                    • #11
                      The only thing I wished for was a large German Shepard dog. Although not trained for guard duty they are a member of the family and act that way.

                      Where I grew up, we had a bus stop, that always had one or two German Shepard dogs waiting for us to get on and off the bus. No One ever was approached or touched by an unknown adult. The one time an unknown adult came up to us he was run off by the dogs.

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                      • #12
                        Our early warning system are our dogs (too many) 11 no one can get near this house. We have 2 very BIG Dobermans that will kill any body that gets near us, Dobermans will protect their owner if you raise them from a pup. Our new one is only 1 yr old and she already protects from us the other dogs and keeps her eyes on people that visit.

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                        • #13
                          I can say that a pit bull is no guard dog. My neighbor has another one as this is her second dog. They just want to play with whom ever comes in the yard. I babysit the dogs for her. Great dogs but will never pass for a guard dog. Mom you have the right dogs for the job.

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                          • #14
                            Going to bump this again in hopes that anyone can think of some good ways to fortify your home if you are bugging in. I for one will be bugging in and have already done somethings but still looking for land where if need be will have a place to go to. As well as a more land for garden, chickens, ducks, etc.
                            I should say that we have secured all our doors and will be replacing the sliding door next spring. We were going to do this before now but other things came up. We replaced the screws in the steel doors with 4 inch steel screws. We will soon be having to replace the old storm doors and will replace them with security doors instead of storm doors. Windows are casement windows and they could break the glass but can't pick the locks as we have them fixed so they cannot be pried open. The garage door is also a steel door and we have a lock to put in both sides to keep it from being pried up.
                            Can anyone come up with other ideas?
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                            Last edited by Applejack; 11-26-2018, 11:31 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Applejack View Post
                              Going to bump this again in hopes that anyone can think of some good ways to fortify your home if you are bugging in. ...

                              Can anyone come up with other ideas?
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                              ​​​​​​​This thread on survivalistboards.com is right on target with this topic, and has some useful ideas:

                              https://www.survivalistboards.com/sh...d.php?t=903600
                              Last edited by GrizzlyetteAdams; 11-27-2018, 07:05 AM.
                              Genius is making a way out of no way.

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