The suburbs often seem like a place of quiet and tranquility, far away from the dangers of the big cities. However, during a survival scenario, this will very quickly change. Your friendly neighbor that you drink a few beers with at the cookout will quickly become a man willing to do anything to feed his own family… including taking the lives of yours.
This isn’t an impeachment of anyone’s character as such. Rather, it’s a simple statement of the cold, hard facts of just how far people will go to make sure they and their loved ones are warm, fed, and clothed when the grocery stores stop operating. Don’t let the suburbs lure you into a false sense of security – you’re arguably in a more difficult situation out there than you would be in the inner cities.
However, like every other doomsday fact that we drop here, this isn’t a reason to curl into a ball and give up. Rather, it’s meant to educate you so that you can make the appropriate decisions about how to ensure the survival and safety of your own family in the event that a cataclysmic disaster – or even temporary disruption of civilization – occurs and you’re forced to make hard choices.
With that in mind, here are some tips for helping you to do just that.
Safeguarding Your Sanctuary
We’ve got some excellent news for the lawn guys out there: When it comes to securing your home, a well-thought-out landscape can be a powerful ally. So consider planting thorny bushes or dense shrubbery around vulnerable entry points, creating a natural barrier that deters intruders.
Additionally, during an emergency, you could cover your lawn in garbage and debris to make it unattractive to intruders. It will either look already raided or else like you have nothing of value in your home.
Whether you’re getting ready for the end of the world or just worried about crime, you need to install DIY perimeter alarms to alert you of any unauthorized movement around your property. Simple motion sensor lights or wireless alarms can be strategically placed to cover key areas. These low-cost, effective solutions add an extra layer of security to your suburban fortress.
While it won’t do you much good about an organized band of armed raiders, you should reinforce the entry points to your home to make it more fortified against more everyday threats like common criminals. Strengthening entry points is a fundamental aspect of home fortification. Reinforce doors with longer screws and additional deadbolts. Consider installing window security film or laminates to make it more challenging for potential intruders to gain access.
Finally, it’s important to create hidden storage spaces for valuables within your home. False walls, secret compartments, and even custom-built furniture can help you to conceal your valuables. They’re not immune to a “rubber hose” treatment, but they will conceal them from simple raiders and criminals.
Using Your Garden For Stealth
Too many prepared families don’t think creatively enough about their backyards and gardens. However, they should, because these can be incredible tools in the defense of your home against common criminals and post-apocalyptic warlords alike.
First of all, if you’re not using your garden to supplement your food supply, you’re just allowing your garden to be a useless space. A home survival garden can supply your family with fresh, homegrown produce when times are at their hardest. At the very least that can be a much-needed morale booster.
It can also offer an additional layer of concealment to your home. Think about incorporating fruit trees, berry bushes, and vegetable beds discreetly throughout your yard.
You can use these plants and other elements in your backyard to conceal your emergency supplies in plain sight. Utilize large, decorative planters to store essential items like emergency food rations or survival gear. Paint them to match the surrounding aesthetic for seamless integration.
What’s more, you can strategically position large planters or raised garden beds to create natural barriers around your property. Not only will this deter unwanted foot traffic in peaceful times, but it will also enhance the overall security of your suburban fortress.
Strength In Numbers
There’s always a slight danger to letting people know that you prep and the degree of that. On the other hand, there aren’t going to be a lot of successful lone wolves in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. So exercise caution, but also look for ways to build community in your town and neighborhood.
Strengthening the security of your suburban enclave by actively participating in or initiating a neighborhood watch program doesn’t require you to disclose anything about your prepping. What’s more, it also allows you a fair bit of insight into who you can trust and who you cannot in a survival scenario.
When you have some idea of who you can trust, consider collaborating with trusted neighbors to organize workshops on emergency preparedness. Share knowledge, discuss local threats, and collectively plan for potential scenarios. The more informed and prepared your community is, the safer everyone will be.
Turning your suburban home into a family fortress involves a combination of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and collaboration. By implementing these creative and practical strategies, you can enhance the security of your home and fortify your family against potential threats.
Remember, survival in the suburbs goes beyond physical fortifications; it’s about fostering a resilient community spirit that can weather any storm. Start small, involve your neighbors, and together, turn your suburban enclave into a haven of safety and preparedness. In the face of uncertainty, the strength of your family fortress lies in the unity and preparedness of the community it belongs to.
What are you doing to make your suburban home into a fortress? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.