When we think of preparing for disaster, we usually think of how much food and water we’ll have on hand as well as general survival tools. We don’t always stop and think about self defense and how we’d protect ourselves in more ways than just owning a gun. While buying a gun and learning how to use it properly will be your own personal choice, there’s other steps you can take to make yourself safer during the chaos of disaster. When food and water are in short supply, even some of the best people can sometimes turn on others out of desperation.
Securing Your Home
Looters will be in every city and town after a major disaster strikes and there’s a cutoff of needed supplies. If you don’t believe in owning a gun for self defense, then consider various methods to securing your home. Assuming your home is still structurally sound, you can do things to make it more challenging for a break-in without creating considerable noise and effort.
Solid metal doors with outdoor deadbolt locks are your best bet against someone easily breaking your door down. Outdoor deadbolt locks have been around for decades and are very affordable to install on all your doors. Those are useless, however, if you insist on using doors with glass. If you have glass on your door, consider replacing the door or covering the glass with a durable material.
The same applies to your windows, even if these are always vulnerable without placing bars on your window sill. Nevertheless, stoppers and window locks can still be very effective. Anyone trying to be quiet would have to shatter the glass in order to get in when you use a window lock.
Remember that some psychological methods should be used as possible deterrents. Placing thorny rose bushes under windows can prevent a window break-in, or a “Beware of Dog” sign on your window (even if you don’t have a dog). While you might think these wouldn’t deter someone desperate enough, it might make them stop and think before they compromise their prior ethical behavior.
Keep in mind that because you may not have electricity for two weeks, consider setting up solar-powered motion lights outside your home. These can keep you alert to someone walking on your property without needing to use a generator to power everything.
If you don’t believe in owning a shotgun or an automatic weapon for your home, then at least consider other self-defense options. Despite home security, the chances are still there that someone could threaten you in order to obtain survival food or your valuable property. Having a sharp hunting knife can always be an alternative if the threatening person doesn’t have a gun first.
There’s also the option of being trained in martial arts. It’s amazing how exclusive of an art that still is, and the chances are good the person threatening you wouldn’t be a black belt like you might be.
When none of the above are options, you can always set up traps outside your home that would automatically disable someone trying to break in. While that would be a litigation threat under normal circumstances, rules go out the window when prolonged disaster strikes and FEMA is slow to get in.