Chapter 4: Home Preparation & Sheltering in Place
If you live away from the big city, consider yourself very lucky. Major metropolitan regions are definitely much more dangerous places in times of serious crisis.
A dense population, depending on public utilities and a generally inadequate highway system are only a few challenges facing city dwellers in major emergencies.
Remember the 120 mile traffic jam during Katrina? Sometimes the most prudent decision is to stay at home and to shelter in place until danger has ceased.
Country dwellers are not immune from problems either and may find themselves unable to flee to safer locations. Some people just don't want to leave their home in any emergency.
Regardless of any ones motivation for sheltering at home, the same needs exist. Staying at home can be a survivable situation if proper preparations are taken.
Key consideration for home survival are:
- Contingency planning
- Home & personal security
- First Aid
As we progress through this section we will concentrate on specific planning and preparation activities. Take this information and use it to make your own home preparation plan. We will get into real detail and will give you many alternatives to be prepared for all occurrences while sheltering at home.
It is important to have a plan in place to react to emergencies. No one knows how events will evolve. Still however, scenario training is an excellent method to train and plan for a variety of critical incidents.
Almost everyone will have friends and/or family that will plan and prepare together as a team. We will call these teams Survival Groups. Everyone in the survival group will share all general duties.
The survival group should utilize specific members special skills; i.e. food procurement, hunting skills, emergency mechanics, communications, advanced first aid and other special skills.
The group should discuss various emergencies and possible plans of action. this scenario planning should also assign specific duties to each group member.
Training and planning should include routes to the initial home base and routes and rendezvous points to other possible locations.
The final survival location may be a cabin, motor home, house, or campsite. Generally it will be in a remote location. We will discuss in further detail choosing and developing these places of refuge.
All group members should be trained in the use of maps and compasses. It is strongly suggested that routes of travel by bicycle or foot be plotted out and explored. Consider all travel alternatives. Consider traffic volume, times for travel, availability of fuel and water.
A prime rule is: The fewer people using a travel route the better it is.
Remember also there is a very good chance that some highways will be shut down by authorities. Traffic jams may occur on even remote routes due to sheer volume of traffic.
If would events develop to a point of real concern (like they're not bad now) at least one group member should go to the final survival destination. Pets and elderly should also be transported if at all possible to the final survival destination when danger signs escalate.
Another concern is safety and security at these remote locations during a crisis.
There is no doubt that lots of unprepared people will gladly steal your supplies, equipment & property if someone is not there. Keep your refuge for you and your family.
Advance group members can also double check supplies and local conditions.
Use every day you can to prepare and fine tune all contingency preparations.
Stay tuned for more soon.......