ROBOCOPP Grenade Personal Alarm (video)

The [easyazon_link identifier=”B010U2XD60″ locale=”US” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″]Robocopp Grenade[/easyazon_link] offers an interesting way to get attention with a 120 db siren and at less than an ounce it’s easy to take with you. The video also suggests a few additional “outside the box” ideas for use. FYI, he mentions a $5 discount to buy from their website (https://www.robocopp.com/store/p2/ROBOCOPP_Grenade.html) but it’s actually [easyazon_link identifier=”B010U2XD60″ locale=”US” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″]cheaper on Amazon[/easyazon_link]…

How a Bullet Proof Vest Can Protect You in a Car Crash (Guest Post)

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Car Crash

The following was contributed by the folks at SafeGuardArmor.com

Many do not realize the potential benefits of owning a bullet proof vest; it should be an important part of anyone’s survival equipment.

After all, all your preparation will be for naught if an errant bullet from a panicky survivor is all it takes to kill you.

The biggest threat you will likely face after the world has ended will be other people, whether or not they mean you harm. Panicky and desperate people behave erratically and can be extremely dangerous, and this is just one reason a protective vest is a vital piece of equipment.

However, even fewer people realize just what benefits a bullet proof vest can bring you…

Picture the scene: the world has ended. Any number of situations could have occurred, but in this case it was an outbreak of an incredibly deadly and infectious virus that reanimated its victims, releasing a plague of the undead upon the earth. [editor’s note: Can you say “Walking Dead?”]

This situation (a personal favorite of mine) may not seem relevant to body armor at all, but the benefits it provides are so universal that it remains a useful piece of equipment.

Your preparation has led you to be in an enviable position; you have a secure and well-fortified place to live, stocks of food, water, medicine and ammunition, and an indispensable knowledge of how to survive. All this will make you a very lucrative target for any potential attackers, many of whom will be armed.

This is obviously where a bullet proof vest displays its usefulness, and vests can be found in concealable styles that are capable of stopping even armor-piercing ammunition.

However, let’s assume you have not been attacked, but instead you have survived comfortably for many months. Your stores will eventually deplete, and even if you methods of sustainable living (which any long-term survivors should naturally invest in) you will need to venture out into the lands of the dead.

You may be lucky enough to have a vehicle of some sort, and with the roads (mostly) clear, the temptation to drive is tough to resist. [editor’s note: unless you’re WAY far away from civilization, the roads won’t be clear.]

However, accidents still happen, and you could find yourself involved in a traffic accident. Perhaps you took your eye off the road, or swerved to avoid something, but whatever the case, you have crashed.

The empty roads encouraged you to drive faster than usual, and who needs a seat belt when there are no other drivers? This means that if you crash, you will crash hard. This is where your vest could save your life. [editor’s note: SHTF is NOT the time to get careless! If anything you should be more cautious at all times.]

The materials used in bullet proof vests are incredibly strong while being lightweight and flexible. They stop bullets by absorbing the impact and spreading it across the fabric, dissipating the energy. This means that any blunt trauma can be mitigated to some extent by a vest, and so in your fictional car crash, your vest could save your life.

This is true even in the non-zombie-infested world, and in any situation where you could experience blunt trauma a vest will protect you. DuPont, the makers of Kevlar, hold a ceremony annually that honors Police Officers whose lives were saved by a bullet proof vest. A significant proportion of these were involved in otherwise fatal vehicular accidents. A bullet proof vest is therefore a very important piece of equipment.

Body armor is available in a wide range of styles, including covert and overt, designed to be worn underneath and over clothing respectively. This means that a bullet proof vest can suit any needs, and be worn in a wide variety of environments. Vests are designed to sit just above the naval, providing a full range of movement while still protecting the vital organs. This means that even when sitting in a car you are protected and comfortable.

Bullet proof vests are a vital piece of equipment for all survivalists and preppers. [editor’s note: I couldn’t agree more. Invest in quality gear while you still can.]

Not only will it keep you safe from a wide variety of ammunition, but it can also protect against all sorts of blunt trauma and brute force, and ensure that your preparation will not be in vain.

However, it is important to know that only a stab proof vest can protect you against knives and edged weapons, meaning that in my favorite scenario a bullet proof vest will protect you against the swinging fists of the walking dead, but only a stab proof vest will keep your torso safe from their eager teeth. 😉

How to Make a DIY “Hidden” Coffee Can Diversion Safe

I had fun making the Diversion Safe Using a Vegetable Can the other week and wondered if I could make the idea even more useful using a typical #10 coffee can. I choose to use a can of white wheat because I figured that almost nobody would choose to mess with a can of wheat. 😉

After placing a mason jar inside an empty #10 can to see if it would even fit closely, to my surprise, it did and so I made the attempt. Overall, I’d say the idea worked out better than I thought it would.

Supplies needed:

  • #10 can with dry ingredients (I used white wheat)
  • wide mouth mason jar, lid, ring
  • strong glue (I used gorilla glue; you might be able to use expanding foam too)
  • something to cushion contents inside mason jar (e.g., towle, batting, cotton balls, etc)
  • something to strengthen lid to flatten it out (I used metal straps but probably need something better)
  • various items to weight things down while they glue (e.g., dumbbells, other cans of wheat, etc)

Here’s what I did:

  1. Remove the can lid using a SAFETY can opener so that the lid will sit on the can once removed. If you use a normal can opener this project won’t work!
  2. Flip the coffee can lid upside down. Using a strong glue (I used Gorilla glue for everything) glue the mason jar lid and ring to it. Be sure to get it as centered as possible otherwise the lid won’t seat to the can properly when screwed down.
  3. Glue the mason jar inside the coffee can. Again, take care to get this centered and check it after several minutes as it’s possible the mason jar can slide early on and no longer be centered.
  4. Once you’re satisfied everything is centered properly, weight the lid and mason jar down and let sit overnight. You’ll notice I used two mason jars to speed things up but you could make this work with only a single mason jar, if you like.
  5. Place a lid over the mason jar and fill the coffee can with wheat. I used several cups. Be sure to leave enough room at the top to screw on/off the mason jar lid.
  6. After the lid and jar dried I noticed that the coffee can lid warped quite a bit when screwed down. You can see it in this photo on the sides. It’s quite noticeable here, more so because I didn’t screw down the lid completely (specifically for this photo) so that the warping was more obviously exaggerated. Even when screwed down completely it’s fairly obvious something is wrong with this supposedly unopened can of wheat.
  7. To attempt to fix this, I marked the two spots on the can lid where the warping was most significant as well as the two spots where it was the least warped. This turned out to be more or less on opposite sides of the lid.
  8. I then cut pieces of metal strapping to act as supports in an effort to counteract the warping.
  9. After cutting off angles on each of the straps so that the lid would fit when screwed down, I weighted down the middle of the lid with a dumbbell to get the lid to flatten out completely and then glued the straps with copious amounts of Gorilla glue. I waited overnight for it to dry.

So, which one is the safe? Go on take a look…

10. Which one is the safe?
10. Which one is the safe?

If you guessed it’s the one on the right, you’re correct. If you look closely you should be able to tell that the lid still warps a bit but it’s not nearly as noticeable as it was. I really thought the glued-down straps would fix the problem–and it helped a lot–but the lid still isn’t quite perfectly flat. Sadly, I can’t think of a better way to fix the warping and still allow the lid to unscrew.

Until I figure it out I just placed a plastic lid over on top and everything looks great! Now place a bunch of plastic lids on other unopened cans and it won’t look out of place. 😉

Notes:

  • The lid, like the previous DIY safe using a vegetable can, is a bear to get off. I had to use the rubber gloves I used last time to get it off and even more effort. Good luck if you don’t have something like that to get the lid off! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
  • Adding wheat to the jar makes a big difference in believing this could be nothing more than a can of wheat. Though a bit lighter than a full can of wheat it’s not immediately noticeable, plus it sounds like a can of wheat.
  • You’ll still want to cushion the items inside the mason jar with something to keep them from rattling around. Perhaps a rag, the batting that goes in a couch, or cotton balls may all work. Whatever you use test it by shaking the can around once filled your goodies.
  • Bury the can in the back of your pantry and it would take a seriously determined crook to find your stash.
  • In steps 2-4, instead of gluing the lid and mason jar separately, to ensure you get it centered properly you could glue the lid first, wait for it to dry completely, then screw the mason jar onto the lid and use the now centered lid to ensure the mason jar gets centered inside the coffee can when you glue it. If I did this project again that’s what I would do.

Granted, you could just bury a mason jar or a Ziploc bag inside a #10 can filled with wheat and NOT bother with gluing everything but where’s the fun in that? Besides, you wouldn’t be able to as quickly access your stuff if you did that.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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4 Misconceptions About Fire Shutters (Guest Post)

Commercial building fires are more prevalent than house fires.

True or false?

False.

Based on the survey conducted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers in the US, most reported fire incidents have started from homes, kitchens mostly.

Residential fires caused the majority of deaths and injuries.

Most buildings have impenetrable industrial roller doors and advanced warning systems. Hence, most non-residential fires have more survivors than house fires.

So far, no house, shop or office (no matter how hi-tech) can withstand fire. But delaying the spread of blazing flames is possible.

Materials with high fire resistance ratings are effective at containing fire and smoke. Using fire-resistant rolling shutters will also decrease the rate of fire spread.

But since there are many misconceptions surrounding fire shutters, homeowners can’t help but worry.

These are just four of the most common misconceptions a lot of people may have about fire shutters.

1. Fire shutters are ugly

Some rolling doors and shutters come in various colors and models to blend in with the homeowners’ exterior design.

There are many attractive alternatives to shutters, but it is quite impossible to match its many benefits.

Well-built fire shutters reduce noise, control light, and protect the property from the elements.

These factors are more important when selecting windows or doors suitable to your home or shop. Ideally, fire-rated rolling shutters are preferred because of their simplicity and reliability.

[Editor’s note: On some buildings they look great but I’m not sure how attractive they would be on a typical suburban home.]

2. Fire shutters are not secure.

It’s more important to think of security than appearance during home renovations.

Most homeowners choose to get a rolling shutter mainly for the protection they offer. They are made of thick steel as well as robust brackets and fixings.

Roll shutters have been popular in Europe during wartime due to the supreme shield they provide homes.

Though it was invented as an energy efficient window treatment, many homes back then used rolling shutters to protect their homes from surprise attacks such as bombings.

Until now, it continues to be a valuable instrument of defense.

[Editor’s note: I don’t see steel shutters stopping a 7.62 round but I guess they’re better than drywall. 😉 ]

3. Fire shutters are inconvenient.

Fire-resistant rolling shutters are easy to roll up and down contrary to the misconception that it is difficult to operate.

Roll shutters are even more convenient than any other types of window treatments.

When you need to block out strong sunbeams or outside noise, you simply have to roll it down or you can pick sides.

If you want some privacy, with a push of a button, you can conceal an area in your home from prying strangers or passersby.

With this versatility, it seems strange to think of fire-rated shutters as a huge hassle.

[Editor’s note: Push button operation is convenient but understand how they work if the power goes out too.]

4. Fire shutters are expensive.

We can determine the cost of property and productivity lost from the blaze but it’s not possible to assign value to fatalities and injuries inflicted by fires.

If rolling shutters can protect homes or business establishments from the imminent hazards of fire, then there is no reason why they won’t make a wise investment.

The cost of fire damages far outweighs the price of all fire-rated door or window shutters combined.

For a trade-off, that seems more than fair.

[Editor’s note: Obviously, no price can be put on a life and if fire shutters can help reduce damage due to a wildfire, for example, they may be a wise investment.]

What do you think of fire-rated rolling doors or shutters? Please let us know in the comment section.

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How to Make a DIY Diversion Safe from a Vegetable Can

I got this idea of making a diversion safe from a video but instead of using a larger can and mason jar I decided to use a typical vegetable can (green beans) and a pill bottle. The project went rather quickly and turned out pretty good. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Take any common vegetable can you like and find a plastic pill bottle with a screw on top (which may be the most difficult part) and ensure the pill bottle is at least as tall as the can. Remove the can lid with a SAFETY can opener to ensure you cut the can lid around the edges. If you use a typical can opener this DIY diversion safe won’t work! Wash and dry the inside of the can and lid. If you get the can label wet dry it ASAP.
  2. Screw the pill bottle cap on snugly and place inside the can. Now rest the can lid atop the pill bottle and measure as closely as you can the gap between the top of the can and the underside of the lip where it will rest on the can. You may want to look place the lid on and off of the can a few times to see where precisely you’re measuring to. In my case I measured 5/8″ exactly but your measurement will likely be different. I then added 1/8″ to make up for the glue as well as to ensure the lid would fit very tightly when all said and done. This measurement wound up to be 3/4″. Remember, your measurement WILL be different.
  3. Measure the appropriate distance up (3/4″ in my case) from the bottom of the pill bottle, mark it, and cut. Try to get this cut as straight as possible so that the pill bottle lid will screw on easily later.
  4. Flip the can lid upside down so that the bottom is now facing up. Dab some glue onto the top of the pill bottle cap and center it on the can lid. I was going to clamp it but decided not to and it worked fine using Gorilla glue.
  5. Repeat the process to glue the top portion of the pill bottle to the inside bottom of the can. Be sure to center the pill bottle in the can so everything lines up. The best plan here would be to just squirt a liberal amount of glue into the bottom of the vegetable can and then sit the pill bottle inside.
  6. After a few hours–or however long it takes for your glue to dry–you’ll have yourself a nifty diversion safe.
  7. Place whatever you like inside but realize that things will rattle so if you’re going to place items like jewelry, for instance, inside then you may want to cushion it. Granted, this diversion safe will likely NOT pass muster if picked up due to an obvious weight difference between this can and normal cans of green beans. There’s also something to be said for this diversion safe not having any liquid inside and so that would be different too.
  8. When finished loading the diversion safe with your goodies screw on the can lid and ensure the lip is seated all the way around as the lid can warp. Glance over this “can safe” and you won’t notice any differences but upon close inspection when compared to other cans you may notice a difference in the top can lip but you REALLY have to be looking for it to notice.
  9. Removing the can lid was more difficult that I expected. At least, I wasn’t able to do so with my bare hands when the lid was on snugly. Even using rags wasn’t helping. I resorted to using a pair of chemical gloves with very grippy fingers! Keep this in mind.

Now, one last test. Which one is the diversion safe? Bet you can’t guess!

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So, which one did you choose? If you choose on the left, you’re correct. In my opinion, the only thing that may give it away in the photo above is that the can on the left has the label more wrinkled than the other one. What say you?

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BEWARE: Tis’ The Season to Steal!

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Seeing as though the holidays are almost over and the Christmas presents are about to be unveiled, remember too that burglars and thieves are well aware that “tis the season steal.” Make no mistake, they’re giddy with anticipation.

The question is: What can and should you do to keep what’s yours and the burglars out?

Fortunately, there’s quite a bit you can do in general, from ensuring you lock the doors at all times (even when home), ensuring windows are closed and latched, bushes, trimmed back, lights on, and so on, but this is more focused on what you can do specifically during the holidays.

It seems to me that there are two distinct and unique times when a burglar may be most likely to rob you (1) while you’re away from the house perhaps at Christmas dinner at a relative’s home and (2) days after you’ve opened your gifts.

For When You’re Away at Dinner (or for longer)

If you’re going to be away for days or weeks:

  • Have your mail and newspapers picked up daily (or hold delivery)
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked/latched before leaving and blinds/shades are closed
  • Put lights on [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”timers ” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″]timers[/easyazon_link] to go off at different times and in different rooms
  • Don’t leave message on your voicemail or posts on social media stating you’ll be away
  • Consider adding a [easyazon_link asin=”B00IPEEIOC” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]JEBurglar Deterrent Television Simulater[/easyazon_link] as added “proof” you’re home
  • Add a fake [easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”home security decal” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″]home security decal[/easyazon_link] for general security purposes

If gone just one evening, do all of the above plus:

  • Ask a neighbor that is staying home to keep an eye on your home
  • Park a car in the driveway to make it more obvious somebody may be home
  • Add a [easyazon_link asin=”B0002YUX8I” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rethinksurviv-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Door Security Bar[/easyazon_link] to all external doors (they’re an easy access for most burglars)

For Days (Before) and After You’ve Opened Your Gifts

For times before you open gifts:

  • Don’t openly display gifts around your tree (at least not the biggest ones)
  • Keep blinds and shades closed near the tree and for at least a few weeks after the holidays
  • If you’re going to have gifts delivered by UPS, etc then ensure somebody is home to retrieve them quickly and do all loading/unloading of gifts inside the garage if possible

For the aftermath of gifts:

  • Keep a low profile for at least a few weeks after by doing all of the aforementioned suggestions
  • Don’t pile up boxes for the recycling or garbage all at once or, at least, turn the boxes inside out and break them down

What about you? What suggestions do you have?

Attach Res-Q-Me to Seat Belt for BEST Accessibility

This just recently dawned on me and though I’ve yet to purchase the handy Res-Q-Me Keychain Car Escape Tool (pack of 2) for my own use, I have been contemplating where the best place to keep it would be when I do.

Photos show it attached to keychains like this:

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But I’m wondering if that’s the best place for it as I hear it’s possible for keys to be flung from the ignition during an accident which obviously means the Res-Q-Me won’t be where you expect it. I did briefly also consider somehow including it with the other assorted door pad items I put together since that would be a close place to grab for it but wasn’t quite sure how to keep it from getting flung around there too.

As such, I’m thinking the best place to keep it would be directly attached to the driver’s seat belt. If you attached it with a loop of paracord then it should be right where you need it yet loose enough to be able to maneuver to cut a seat belt. The only major drawback I see is if you wanted to use the window punch then it wouldn’t be easy to release from the paracord loop without either first cutting it away from the seat belt or attaching it differently.

Personally, I’d say a seat belt cutter is a good item to include but do realize that there are different kinds, some of which may not be easily tired to a seat belt or otherwise attached to something.

What do you think? Is attaching a Res-Q-Me cutter to a seat belt a good idea or not?

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Pepper Spray Pros and Cons for Self Defense

Pepper spray is one of those self-defense items that seems to either get too much credit or perhaps not enough, in my humble opinion. Obviously, if we’re talking about whether pepper spray is suitable for truly stopping a violent attack, it is not. At best pepper spray buys you time… enough time to do something useful like run away, lock the car doors and speed off, kick the attacker in the groin, punch them in the throat… or whatever is most appropriate.

So, let’s get this clear: pepper spray is NOT an adequate defensive tool when you life literally depends on it! Nothing short of a firearm will do that. Granted, there are plenty of reports where even being shot several times won’t stop a truly determined attacker, but that’s a discussion for another day.

The Pros of Pepper Spray

The good news is that pepper spray is:

  • widely accepted as a self-defense option (people won’t think you’re completely crazy for carrying it)
  • allowed without restriction in most states (check your state regulations to be sure – here’s a reference to get you started)
  • easy to use (just point and press)
  • relatively effective in most cases (see videos below)
  • the effects are not permanent

You might think you WANT the effects to be permanent. I don’t. The last thing I want to do is to permanently harm another individual unless I had no other choice…. yes even bad people. Moreover, it is possible that YOU could simply be wrong about the situation, jumpy, in a bad mood, or whatever and accidentally harm somebody who didn’t really deserve it. Hopefully that will never happen.

Now, I’m not going to get into the differences between pepper spray and other alternatives. Suffice it to say that there are different formulations, potencies, spray patterns, sizes, ways to carry it, and so on. I’ve purchased various pepper sprays in the past. For our use I recently bought a 4-pack of Police Magnum Pepper Spray with UV Dye that have been added to our cars and even around the house. I also recently saw a neat device called the Kimber Pepperblaster that may be of interest to you, though, I’ve not yet purchased it. You’ll have to decide what works for you and where best to utilize it.

People Being Sprayed

As for effectiveness, here’s three videos of people being pepper sprayed…

Video 1:

Video 2:

Video 3:

https://youtu.be/SFS2c2Bw3Hg

Assuming you watched them you can see there are varying reactions as to the effects, from outright pain and inability to function to more or less the ability to still move and function as needed. There are plenty of other videos you can watch if you like. Realize you’ll see a wide variety of reactions.

The Cons of Pepper Spray

Unpredictability, sadly, is precisely the problem with pepper spray. You never know what kind of reaction you’re going to get from an attacker who has been pepper sprayed. It could be severe and immediate or nearly nothing. Beyond that, there’s also something to be said for people who are on drugs or just loaded up with testosterone. Men can fight through a lot of pain when their testosterone is flowing. Drug addicts may not even be aware you sprayed them.

There’s also something to be said for the very real possibility that you’ll inadvertently affect yourself when shooting pepper spray at an attacker if the wind is blowing. For example, I had my wife test out a canister of pepper spray the other day so she understood how that particular canister worked (as well as to ensure it still worked) and even though she clearly sprayed it away from her just a little bit must have been blown back into her face because she immediately started coughing. Glad to see it was still potent. 😉

Potency is another potential problem as they do include expiration dates to be aware of. Besides lessened effectiveness over time it’s also possible that the dispensing mechanism can eventually fail as well. As such, you’ll want to replace your pepper spray regularly and at least by the expiration dates to ensure it’s ready when you may need it the most.

My Thoughts

Most everyone seems to have at least some reaction to pepper spray but you can’t guarantee that they’ll have the reaction you expected–or needed–them to have. They could well fight through the pain and still have the capacity to harm you or others so please don’t equate it to a firearm. They are vastly different in potential effectiveness.

Of course, like I said, pepper spray isn’t seen with the same disdain as a firearm may be and so most people may not get the “evil eye” if carrying a canister of pepper spray through the mall, for instance. Maybe.

Obviously, something like pepper spray won’t do you any good regardless of effectiveness if it’s buried in your purse or pocket. Like any self defense weapon you really need to have it readily available in your hands or immediately accessible (perhaps on a keychain) but even that may not be nearby enough. Ultimately, YOU need to be aware of your surroundings, stay away from bad situations, cross the street if you feel unsafe, and so on. Avoiding bad situations if at all possible is always the best course of action.

What are your thoughts on pepper spray? Useful? Worthless? Somewhere in between? Have you ever been pepper sprayed? I’d be interested to hear your experiences.

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The Biggest Weakness of Basement Storm Shelters

Where we used to live (in the Midwest) basements and storm shelters were common place and for good reason: tornadoes and human bodies don’t mix real well. As such, a storm shelter is a wise addition to most any home. I’d certainly recommend one if you take your family’s safety to heart. Now, the typical image most people conjure up of storm shelters look like this:

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And it’s true these do exist, especially in older or more rural communities. The thing is that many storm shelters I’m accustomed to seeing in newer communities look more like this:

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Aside from the fact that the rest of the house hasn’t been constructed yet, there’s one glaring problem with the above shelter… can you guess?

Yup, no door. And the problem is that it will stay like that. Well, it will probably be sheet-rocked if the basement gets finished and they’ll add a hollow core door to make it look nice but that door will do you no good.

Instead, you want it to look more like this:

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Ok, that’s a little overkill but you can’t blame a guy for dreaming, can you? All kidding aside, you really do need something better than no door or even a hollow core door. After all, what’s the point in having something that only partially protects you when you need it the most?

There are plenty of options, from DIY reinforced solid-core doors–usually a mix of steel and plywood–to manufactured steel doors (here’s another option), you can find something that fits your needs and budget. FYI, you can find more information from FEMA about building a safe room here and another article on Building a Storm Shelter to ICC-500 Requirements as well.

Whatever you choose to do, please do something sooner rather than later. Tornado season is here and you never know when they’ll strike!

IMO, Bunker Survival is Crazy!

bunker-survivalI can only imagine trying to survive in an underground bunker post-SHTF or for any reason, really. I know it sounds like a workable plan but it is, in my opinion, likely a horrible experience, to say the least. Granted, it’s probably better than death by nukes or hordes of zombies. 😉

Regardless, I’d imagine it takes a special kind of person to be willing to stay in one for more than a few days at most. In reality, most of us would likely go stir crazy if days turned into weeks, months, or longer.

As such, I feel that those who built bunkers to survive in specifically for TEOTWAWKI+1 are fooling themselves. This is especially true for those people that believe their loved ones are similarly able–and willing–to survive for long periods of time underground. I just don’t see it happening.

Why?

Because we, as human beings, NEED certain things in live… to feel human, that is. It’s just not natural to be cooped up for extended periods of time. Obviously, if you’re choosing to live underground in a bunker then things aren’t normal, natural, or good!

Here’s a few things to consider…

We need human interaction (and our space)

One thing we need to feel human is regular interaction with others. That’s one reason why prisons place people in “the hole” as punishment. Sure, we’ll have our closest family right there but that leads directly to another problem, and that’s needing one’s own space. In short order I’m sure families living in a bunker for any length of time will want to claw each other’s eyes out. Throw a teenager or two in there and it’s assured!

We need to be a part of nature

Furthermore, we need to see and feel things like the sun. We need fresh air. We need the be a part of nature. That’s probably why camping and hiking are so popular… people realize that being stuck inside isn’t right, even if they don’t realize it. Besides having your air filtered (which isn’t exactly the same thing as “fresh” air) you’re certainly not going to see the sun or be a part of nature.

We need to be entertained

We, especially Americans, need entertainment. We get bored easily. Imagine being stuck in a place where you literally can’t go anywhere, electronics won’t work (the internet certainly won’t) and about the best you can muster are board games or books you’ve probably already read. In some cases this isn’t so bad but it will get old fast and the kids will surely get on your nerves.

Your safety is far from assured

Besides the aforementioned problems of just being and feeling human, one of the aspects of bunker survival that’s bothered me is that once found it’s just a matter of time for the bad guys to “smoke you out” in some fashion. It’s not like these people are stupid. They know you’ve got to have an entrance or two, need fresh air, etc. Do you honestly believe that they’re just going to give up if they think you might have supplies they want? Doubtful.

Those are just a few of my concerns. Don’t get me wrong, if I could honestly afford a bunker I would probably have one as a truly last-ditch option but it certainly shouldn’t take the place of many other preps, especially that of finding a proper homestead where you can truly attempt to survive SHTF.

And, as much as I like to tell my wife that I would happily live alone in a cave so long as it had satellite television and fridge to keep my beer cold, I really do occasionally like human interaction and need to feel a part of nature. 😉 I’d imagine you do as well.