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When a disaster does strike

When a disaster does strike you want to have a set of blinds on each window that will block light and activity.This is extremely important when the sun goes down as you need to keep light and attracting attention to a minimum.Having the blinds that shield the sunlight can also keep your house cool in the event that you lose power.Window frost is another tool you can use to block windows, especially smaller ones that may be difficult to cover.Fire HazardsAnother aspect of securing your home that many preppers overlook is the fire hazard they create by barricading themselves in.Sealing doors and windows will make it difficult to escape should a fire break out in your home.Your risk of fire will increase during a disaster due to the loss of electricity and your need to use fire to cook.You need to make sure you have multiple ways to exit your house and each person in your family understands how to evacuate should a fire occur.Remember, for each entry point you secure you may be removing one exit from your home should a fire occur.Having a Plan of AttackShould a threat breach your exterior you need to have a plan of attack to deal with it.This is why funneling is extremely important when securing your home.Knowing which ways threats will enter your home will allow you to create and practice a game plan.You want to have multiple areas of attack, preferably at least one position that is elevated such as stairs or a balcony.You can create a defensive position with sandbags or other furniture.While it is ideal that the threat is eliminated or incapacitated before entering your home, you want to make sure that any threat is eliminated immediately once they breach your interior layer.The longer a threat remains in the interior of your home the lower the odds of your survival.Urban EvacuationWhile you always want to defend your home against any attacks, you also need to make sure you have an evacuation plan in the back of your mind.Certain threats may be too much for you to defend against.Having a solid evacuation plan that allows your family to escape undetected is essential if you want to increase your odds of survival.Remember that even the best plan needs to have an escape clause.What if threats set your house on fire?What are you going to do?You need to have plans for multiple scenarios.Evacuation plans are extremely important and you should always have proper bug out bags and procedures to leave your home should you make the decision to evacuate.When it comes to evacuating you should always have multiple routes of escape.Many preppers make the mistake of choosing one route to their evacuation area.They assume highways will be in working condition and side roads will not be a threat.This is a huge problem and many people find that the most popular routes and roads will be blocked with numerous amounts of traffic.Even if you are the first person to reach the roads and begin to evacuate, odds are you will run into traffic down the line.There is also a chance that the disaster has destroyed numerous infrastructure and highway systems.There is no guarantee that the road you are trying to escape on is even still in working condition.These are just a few reasons why you need to have multiple escape paths and routes when planning your evacuation.This is even truer when it comes to urban survival.There are only a few roads you can take when evacuating in an urban environment.Try avoiding bottlenecks and choke points and instead try to look for roads that are less traveled.Even if you have to take a few minutes of a detour you will still be in much better shape than being stuck in traffic.Look at the condition of traffic during rush hour and as a rule of thumb avoid the roads that are congested.Also keep in mind roads near terrorist targets or highly populated areas as you would not want to make yourself a target to another attack just because you used one of these roads.How to Prevent TheftYou should also make sure your home is secured if you decide to evacuate.Unfortunately, even the most barricaded home will eventually be invaded if thieves are motivated enough to force entry.Hide Valuables in Dummy ItemsAnything of high value should be hidden in dummy items during a disaster or in the event you need to evacuate.These dummy items look like normal household items and will not attract the attention of thieves.Fake Floorboards and WallsFake floorboards and walls are also ways to consider hiding valuables, although they are a bit more expensive.Fake floorboards and walls are also great ways to hide your food supplies if you feel like you are at risk of robbery for your food and water.Diversion SafesMany robberies will last only a few minutes as the thieves try to get in, grab as many items as possible and get out.Many thieves will actually leave immediately once they think they have items of value.You can trick them into believing they made a large score with a diversion safe.Thieves will quickly grab the safe and exit your house thinking they just hit the jackpot.This reduces the amount of items that will be stolen and also puts your family out of danger.Most people will have large amounts of cash, jewelry, and other valuables in the room that they sleep in.Try to avoid storing your valuables in your master bedroom.The least likely room to be searched is your children’s room.So if you are going to store valuables you may think about putting them somewhere in this room to avoid theft.Your Safe RoomYour safe room should be your place of refuge during the peak of your disaster.This room should be the most structurally secure area in your home and should be equipped with 48 hours of survival supplies.The Problem with Safe RoomsSafe rooms have grown in popularity over the past few years and many wealthy individuals have equipped their homes with safe rooms.These rooms offer safety and security until a police force or medical help can arrive.Unfortunately, the main problem with safe rooms is that they rely on outside help.In a disaster, police forces and medical attention may not come or you may not have a way to contact them.If specific threats do breach your home they can usually wait until you run out of safe room supplies or they can force entry into your safe room.Thus safe rooms should be used only as a last resort.On the other hand, for natural disasters, safe rooms are a necessity.Having a safe and secure room to ride out a disaster will dramatically increase your odds of survival.A room that is structurally secure and has the necessary supplies to help your survival should be in every home.Creating a Safe Room In an Urban EnvironmentDuring the height of a disaster or if your house is under siege, you will want to move your family and loved ones into a safe room.A safe room is designed to offer you maximum protection and safety for a limited amount of time.This room should be in the interior of your home, have no windows, be surrounded by support walls, should be anchored to the concrete foundation, and should be in a discreet location.This is expensive but it is something you may consider.Items in Your Safe RoomYour safe room should have all the items and equipment that you will need for a short term survival period.Remember the goal of your safe room is protection during the height of a storm, disaster, or shelter until threats leave your home.Have your safe room items either already stored in your safe room or in a location you can easily grab them and go.Disasters can happen in a split second and wasting time finding your supplies can be very costly.Just take a look at Katrina and all the sanitation issues that they had after the hurricane.Sewers [url=http://camill
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