Urban Emergency Survival Plan Blog TourUrban Emergency Survival Plan: Readiness Strategies for the City & Suburbs
Paperback and Kindle Pages: 176 Published: October 15, 2014
About the Book: Stay Safe in the City

We don’t currently live in the city, but we did grow up there and we visit the Seattle area often.
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The people around you are the first risk you may face. ~In Portland recently I have to confess I was not aware of my surroundings the entire time. My 15 year old watched a drug deal happen about 5 feet away from us. I didn’t let my guard down after that.

Avoid being a target, practice OPSEC – operational security – and don’t let on that you are prepping. I obviously have a blog about this very topic. I don’t share pictures of our larder, and you won’t see any. I also don’t show our preps to everybody we come in contact with. That’s dumb.

Should you make your home look abandoned? Bug out?What about when the SHTF?

What aboutFood Storage or Sanitation and First Aid?

Excerpt from URBAN EMERGENCY SURVIVAL PLAN, Chapter 7 – Security & Defense

How do I strengthen doors?

This starts by examining the exterior doors themselves. Ideally, they are solid wood or perhaps even covered in metal. The best locks in the world do you no good if the door is hollow-core and easily smashed in. If there is a window in the door, it should be small and far enough from the doorknob that one can’t reach it easily from the window. Should your current doors not meet these guidelines, replace them if possible.

If there is a large window in the door and you are unable or unwilling to replace the door, purchase a piece of ½” plywood that is cut to fit over the window. You want at least a couple inches of overlap on all sides. Then, if the time comes that you need to secure the door, use wood screws to attach the plywood over the window (on the inside of the door, not the outside). It isn’t a perfect solution but better than nothing.

When you purchase that plywood, add to your cart a couple lengths of 2×4 or 2×6 that are long enough to stretch across the door. Use wood screws or lag bolts to attach these boards to the doorframe, going across the door, making sure the screws go into studs and not just drywall or trim pieces. Of course, this isn’t something you’d do every day but rather something you’d put into place in the event of a major event. You can store this lumber in the back of a closet, along with the screws and a cordless drill, until you need it. Be sure the drill is plugged in so it keeps a charge until the time comes. Bear in mind, this is a fairly permanent security measure and it would prevent you from escaping through that door quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Replace the hinge screws on the door. Typically, doors are installed using very short screws that do little more than support the weight of the door. Purchase wood screws that are about three inches long and replace each of the hinge screws, one by one.

Every exterior door should have a good quality lock and deadbolt. Be sure the bolt on the deadbolt extends at least an inch into the doorframe when it is thrown. Get in the habit now of locking the deadbolt each and every time you leave your home as well as when you head to bed. Deadbolts and other locks do no good at all if they aren’t used.

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Jim Cobb is a recognized authority on disaster readiness. He’s written
several books, including PREPPER’S HOME DEFENSE, COUNTDOWN TO
PREPAREDNESS, and PREPPER’S LONG-TERM SURVIVAL GUIDE. Jim has been
actively involved in prepping and survival planning for about thirty
years. In addition, he is a licensed private detective and has worked in
the investigative field for about two decades. Jim lives in the upper
Midwest with his lovely wife and their three adolescent weapons of mass
destruction.

Jim can be found online at the following sites:
Survival Weekly
Disaster Prep Consultants
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