Protect Your Goods

When a crisis hits, most people will be unprepared, so they will have to seek food, water and warmth, and they will look for people who have it.

In the event of a national emergency, they government may declare food and water as a scarce resource and forbid hoarding. If that happens, they could confiscate it, fine you and put you in jail.

Keep Low Key About Your Preparations

Don’t tell everyone about your preparation plans.

Have enough to help people as you can, but keep your plans low key.

Hide Your Stuff

Every home is full of dead ends and spaces where you can hide valuables.

  • Under steps and stairways
  • Kickboards under your bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
  • Bookcase bottoms
  • Air conditioning intakes and returns
  • Hollow clothes rods and shower curtain rods
  • False backs in a closet

Hidden Safes or Diversion safes are regular looking objects that have hidden compartments inside, such as cans, wall clocks. http://www.thepersonalsurvivor.com/diversion-safes.html

You can also build fake air intakes or electric sockets into the wall.

It’s easy to cut a hole into the sheet rock with a keyhole saw, insert a sheet metal box, and screw it to the studs. Cover with an air intake grate, and you’re fixed up.

For a false electric socket, buy a socket box, socket, and faceplate at a local hardware store. Cut a hole in the sheet rock, attach the box to a stud, and put on the face plate.

 Have Decoy Stashes

Consider acquiring “sacrificial” decoy stash/fake gold coins, junk guns to put in easy-to-find fake hiding places.

Create a bogus “decoy” hiding place in one of the obvious hiding places that most people use. That is one that should contain innocent items: small amount of money, some keys, an expired credit cards, etc.

Then if someone invades your home, they can find the decoy stashes, take them and leave.

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