A Discussion about Bugging In

I have been thinking a lot on how to bug in at ones own home because I feel that for most of us that will be the most likely scenario.  There are a lot of opinions about the best way to go about it.

The first option, I wish to discuss is fortifying your house.  If you are like most of us and live in a typical wood frame home it is not going to work.  You can fortify a small area as a safe room, which could hold out for a period of time.  But the idea of a fully fortified home won’t work, unless you are willing to spend many thousands of dollars and live in a concrete bunker without going outside.  If you are totally dependent on fortifications, you  become your own prisoner. A well hidden sniper waiting patiently can kill you as you walk out the door.

The first principal that everyone needs to understand is the difference between cover and concealment.  Cover is something that provides protection from enemy gunfire.  Concealment is something that keeps the enemy from seeing you.  It can be as flimsy as heavy drapes over your windows.  Most of the homes we live in will provide concealment not cover.

Now I am not saying that you are in a hopeless position, because you are not.  There are all kinds of things you can do to improve your position.  The first is to burglar proof you home.  This includes the suggestions given in previous posts, video cameras, alarm systems as well as things we have not discussed yet.  The second is to build a safe room or safe area in your home.  Remember to give yourself an escape route. If someone can’t get what they want they may just burn you out for spite.   I see lots of manufactured safe rooms on the internet. The majority have two problem they are easy to find and are designed to keep you safe for a short period of time while someone comes to your rescue.  The best safe room or area is the one they can’t find.

Safe Room
Safe Room

I am a firm believer that if you can legally own firearms, you should.  With firearms ownership comes responsibility.  You need to practice and learn how to handle firearms safely.  Become proficient at defending your family and self.  Teach all the members of your family to defend themselves.

Have food and water stored to provide for your family and the means to produce more.  As a family, study as many aspects of preparedness as possible if you have to abandon your gear the information in your head goes with you.  Get good medical kits for your family.

Learn to keep a low profile; don’t let people know what you are doing.  Maintain operation secrecy as long as possible.

Finally the single best thing you can do to keep yourself and your family safe is to be part of a group.  It can be family, friends, a small town or a church group.  In numbers there is safety.  If you have read about the collapses in Argentina and other areas, the people that were the safest were the people in a small organized community.

I know that some people will disagree with me and some are in a much better position than the majority of us.  Preparedness is kind of like shoes, one size will not fit all.  However by sharing thoughts and ideas we can all strengthen our positions.




2 thoughts on “A Discussion about Bugging In”

  1. A veteran who is preparing

    A safe room can be made pretty simply depending on the lay out of your home. In our area many of the homes are around 100 years old and have cisterns. The cisterns are usually not used anymore and are blocked off. You can drain it and conceal the outside entrance under a brand new deck behind your home. If it has an inspection hole in the basement maybe you can enlarge that into an entrance from the inside of the house and conceal it behind built-in shelving or behind a new wall. I have been in homes where during the cold war people converted some of these cisterns into bomb shelters. The entrance hidden behind shelves in their canning/cold storage room. I have also seen old coal rooms in homes that would work also, just make sure to close off or conceal the old coal shoot door on the outside of the house. If the ceiling inside is high enough you could carve out slots a foot or two down from the first floor flooring and put up railroad rails or I-beams. Then put metal sheeting above those and back fill with dirt and/or concrete to increase protection and add concealment. If someone puts a hole in the wall, floor, or looks under the floor from another area they will not see you sitting in the safe room. You are only limited by your own imagination.

    We did cover a lot more areas than I listed in the home security reply. Other things we covered were how to cache, cover versus concealment, urban warfare defense(for consideration on how to fortify hardcore), fighting positions, how to properly fill and use sandbags (more complicated than you think), and more. I encouraged everyone to begin to think how to defend a place while you are there for if “the zombies attack”. And to do further study in this area on their own.

  2. It sounds like you have some good possibilities in your area. Unfortunately the homes where I live are on the whole much new and you never see a basement. I agree with your statements on knowing how to defend yourself and your home.

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