MODERN THREATS FACING YOUR HOME
So many things today pose potential threats to our homes, our families and the lives we’ve built. Severe weather pounds large areas of the United States with tornadoes, fires and flooding. National crime rates continually climb as the economy teeters on the edge of collapse. Conditions are ripe for catastrophe as we find ourselves reliant on a frail economy for survival. You don’t need a vivid imagination to be able to foresee the potential wave of instability coming on the heels of any major event such as the one listed previously. We have witnessed civil unrest occur in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. We’ve seen first-hand the devastation left from riots and social backlash in response to political instability, social controversy and civil unrest. The mounting dangers are ever present and a constant threat to your family, home and ability to survive.
Although there have been many advancements in designing, engineering and building modern homes; the fact remains that much of the actual materials used in construction have remained the same. Modern homes may be equipped with alarm systems, security surveillance cameras, motion sensors etc… but in spite of all of these upgrades, most homes are still highly vulnerable to high winds, fire and flooding. Additionally, the vast majority of houses in America are not “modern” and lack even the most basic security provisions.
SO LETS TALK STATISTICS
It’s easy to see how any significant catastrophe will challenge the pseudo-security of the typical American home. However the spin-off effects of any catastrophe will always result in civil unrest of some sort. It’s the “kill or be killed” mentality that the average law-abiding people adopt when confronted with such a scenario. We all need to feed our family and much of the population will do this at any cost. It’s logical to predict that people will eventually take to the streets in search of supplies. The average home made of wood, brick and glass will offer little protection against a group of people that are intent on gaining entry.
According to the FBI statistics, one burglary occurs every 10 seconds. In 2012 there were an estimated $8,975,438 property crimes. This number is staggering when you consider that this was during a time where resources and provisions are plentiful. Basically the almost 9 million property crimes were committed by the “criminal” element of our society. In catastrophic times even your average law abiding citizen will go to extremes to ensure survival.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR CIVIL UNREST?
Security is the number one thing a person should consider. Any preparations made will be worthless if you can adequately protect your rations. In the event of civil unrest and a looting situation the best way to avoid that violence is to first stay away from it. If you have adequately prepared your family, then don’t get out in the middle of it. Stay home in your safe place. It’s also wise not put a target on your forehead. Do not let others be aware that you have the goods that they need for survival. You might consider making your home appear as if it has already been looted. The last line of protection should be a safe place for you family to retreat as a last resort. A safe room is the ultimate defense against protecting your family in the event of a home invasion. Safe rooms can be completely hidden within your home so an intruder would not be aware it exists. They can also be built with security features such as surveillance systems, blast valves, NBC air filtration, and hidden escape tunnels.
Note: This is a guest post by Charlotte Dunn, writing for www.RisingsBunkers.Com.