We get asked all the time questions about survival during a disaster. Last week we were asked “What is a Navy SEAL trick to stop looters?”.
Funny you should ask as we just put many of our tips to use last week during the Atlanta ice and snow storm. We hunkered down without a care in the world as we had everything we needed to ride out the storm.
If disaster strikes (think hurricane, tornado, earthquake, hurricane, etc.) – what will you do to protect your home and belongings? This is when the looters will come in to your neighborhood looking to pillage from the weak and those un-prepared.
Have the basics ready in your home.
Extra water, food, solar powered lantern, ammo and flashlights for starters.
This is important in that in order to protect your home – you need to stay in your home and be well supplied. If you get out on the road you will become a target.
Protect your home
Install a dead bolt on the front and back door. Make sure you have a bolt that goes deep into the frame. Go ahead and scope out a piece if furniture that you can push in front of the inside of the door if needed as a barricade. Be ready for anything at anytime.
Get a good watch dog that will alert you to possible intruders. Also get a dog that will defend you if your attacked. This will be key if someone tries to break in. I personally have a pit bull that sleeps at the foot of my bed.
Question: Where can an average guy get training to survive in disaster situations? There are a few places but we recommend you read up on the subject and watch videos and rehearse defending your home.
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One of the best anti looter tactics is to make your home the smallest target you can. Park your car inside of your garage. If you have large windows then hang large drapes on them. Don’t show off a flashy big screen TV and your home computer thru those big windows. Keep a low profile and don’t advertise that you have pricey goods.
Stop Looters Tip #5
Once the looting starts – break out a can of spray paint and a piece of plywood and mark “Looters Will Be Shot”.
Put a skull and cross bones underneath. Looters will take one look and know that you mean business.
A little bit of Psychological Warfare can pay dividends. Back that up with your dog and weapons.
Stop Looters Tip #6
An easy trick is to plant shrubs around the perimeter of your property that have thorns or sharp edges. Rose bushes, hollies, cactus and Osage orange are a few. These will definitely make intruders think twice. They key is to keep them trimmed down to waist high so that you can see an bad guys coming in.
Stop Looters Tip #7
Be ready for fire. Looters may have caused a fire down your street that may spread to yours. You will need to evacuate or be ready to fight the fire. Have an evacuation plan and be ready to pick up your survival go-bag and leave. You can either make your own bug out bag or buy one off the shelf. If you do buy one then know what is in it – and train with it.
Questions from our readers online.
Question: “What is the best weapon for home defense?” The shotgun is the best – hands down. It is easy to get ammo, very low in cost, hard to jam and always goes boom. The longest shot in most homes is 15 to 20 feet. A shotgun will most always do the trick.
Question: What is a Navy SEAL trick to scare looters away from your home? A pit bull dog and a sawed off shot gun go a long way to scaring a looter.
Question: What is one Navy SEAL trick to keep your home safe? I sleep with a pit bull dog at the base of my bed and a Mossberg shotgun under my bed and a 9mm handgun on my night table. I also have a backup hatchet at my bed post in case the pistol jams.
Question: Which do you prefer for home security with the shotgun vs 9mm? Shotgun hands down every day. No question.
Question: How can I prepare now for civil unrest and looters? Check out all of the tips above.
Question: What is one trick a Navy SEAL uses on his truck that stops looters. I carry multiple gun and knifes in each side door well. A simple flare gun is one of the easiest devices to stop looters in their tracks.
Question: With the recent looting in St. Louis, what are steps that you can take to prevent looters in your neighborhood? See all of the tips above.
Question: How much food and supplies do you keep in case of a disaster or unrest? We think you should keep 2 weeks Emergency survival food minimum but more is better as you can trade canned food if needed.
Question: What is best tip on home security? A good deadbolt for the doors, a good watch dog, a working shotgun that you know how to use.
Question: Is it ok to carry paper currency or gold and silver coins in your bug out bag? It is a good idea to carry several $20 bills with small denominations of gold coins and silver coins for trading.
Question: What are good choices for gold and silver coins for a bug out bag? We have picked out small denominations like the American Eagle Gold 1/10 Ounce Coin and the 1 oz American Silver Dollar.
Question: My neighbor has a large security light backed up with video feed – will this help? It can help as long as the power is not out. Make sure you have a backup generator in case the power lines are down.
Question: How can you insure that you will have enough food if disaster hits?
Answer: We keep a month supply of canned and dried goods in our pantry. If disaster hits we are ready to ride it out and hunker down and defend our ground as we have enough food and water to survive and thrive. Dont wait for FEMA to rescue you.
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