Equipping for disaster

Secure your safehouse

By Jake Sepulveda

Though it doesn’t guarantee that they won’t eventually get it, properly securing your doors and windows can go a long way to making sure your safe from Zombie and bandit attacks. But setting locks and closing windows isn’t where securing your location stops, there’s plenty more that you can do.

How to Secure Your Home:Lock, board up, and block all ground-level windows and doors leading to the outside. After securing ground level access, move your attention to the basement and then second story, if applicable. Don’t forget to check skylights, large venting/duct units, sewer access, and pet doors.

Materials – Building materials like plywood, 2x4s, 2x8s and other milled lumber are great for securing a shelter, but most locations won’t have these types of materials just laying around. Many of the alternative items/materials listed below can be found in a wide variety of buildings and locations.

    • Tabletops, Benches, Slats from beds and futons
    • Internal doors (Closet, bathroom, wardrobe, and cabinet doors)
    • Shelving Systems (DO NOT USE PARTICLE BOARD)
    • Object for Hammering (Hammer, cast iron pan, heavy wrench, crowbar, pipe, etc.)
    • Nails (Use nails that are at least 2 1/2 inches long or longer. Screws can be added later for more durable and long-lasting security)
    • Heavy furniture (Place large, heavy objects and furniture at windows and doorways for a temporary solution)

Remember, if there is no way in, there is no way out…and that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Every good location needs an escape route (or two). There’s no telling what threats you might face, and sometimes bugging out is the only way to go. Leave a few partially accessible escape options ready to go, but make sure to secure them from OUTSIDE threats.

NOTE: Not all doors swing inward. Test the opening direction of your door before attempting to secure it.

Once you have completed the initial steps of securing your location, re-check that all doors, windows, and access points are truly secure. Reinforce and repair where necessary, and best of luck.

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