It is great to be prepared but gathering a ready cache of food and supplies is just half the battle. You must consider all disaster scenarios and that includes home protection. When things really start to go South people will be willing to do almost anything to get the things they need especially people who did not prepare for a devastating cataclysm. This is the downside of being well-equipped for major destruction. By outfitting your home with solar panels, wind turbines, beefing up your home security and if your neighbors see that you are stockpiling rations, you are putting a huge target on your home. Remember that in any disaster scenario there will be people who fail to prepare and these are the very people who will look to make you and your family a victim when desperation starts to set in.
So how do you make sure your home, family and precious supplies are safe? There are lots of things you can do. The first thing you can do is hide your supplies in a secure spot that you can access at a moment’s notice. The ideal hiding spot would be somewhere in your home but don’t fret if you can’t find an adequate area to hide your things. A drop site about 50 yards from your home will work just as well. You can create this drop site by digging a hole about 5 feet deep and wide enough to hide your important supplies.
Another good way to keep thugs away from your main cache of food and supplies is to create a diversion cache. Organize this diversion cache in a way that makes it seem that it encompasses everything you have. You can even include expired food or food close to the expiration date. Any intruders into your home will see this cache and not think twice about looking for another.
Chances are you don’t have a lockbox that is large enough to house your entire supply pack so this is where some basic woodworking skills will come into play. You can construct a simple hinged container made out of wood and secured with a padlock to protect your most valuable supplies. A good five foot by four foot box with a depth of about 3 feet should suffice but of course you can customize it to suit your specific needs.
If you have any nooks and crannies in your home that are not blatantly apparent, take advantage of them. Use them to store vital supplies like batteries, flashlights and first aid kits. Make use of wall safes and consider putting a bookshelf in front of them to make them extra secure. These are good spots for hiding commodities like cash, gold and important medications your family may need.