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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Carol Roberts
June 15, 2011 at 11:13 am

I am disabled an unable to degend myself if a comfrontation arose other than lethal force should my home be invaded. How does one secure their home, plywood the windows ?
Thank you.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Travis
August 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Ms. Roberts:
Short of barricading all points of entry into your home, there is little way to keep out a determined intruder. Even barricades can be overcome by someone with persistence. While no decent person wants to use violence against another, when your own life is threatened, you may be put in a position where the choice is either you die or the intruder dies. In a case like that, I know my choice will always be to defend myself and my family, even if I must kill someone to do so.
From a practical perspective, this is a subject about which you are wise to be prepared to handle. Calling the police may be good in some instances, but if someone is breaking down your door and will most likely be inside and attacking you in a minute or two, it is almost 100% certain the police will not arrive in time to stop an attacked from harming or killing you. So back to your preparations.
The only practical way to be prepared to defend yourself from a determined attacker is to be prepared with some type of weapon that can disable or if necessary, kill an attacker before they kill you. Pepper spray or mace will not stop someone on drugs. Neither will a stun gun. The only way to feel completely confident that you can defend your life against an intruder is to have a firearm you can access quickly. Now owning a firearm without knowing how to use it properly will only give you a false sense of security. If you decide to invest in a firearm for personal security, you really need to decide beforehand that you will learn how to handle it properly. The best way to do that is to take a class. If that is not possible, most gun ranges allow you to rent guns to test them out. This is very important as you need to select a firearm that you can hold, load, and fire effectively. If you buy a firearm you cannot load and reload, it will be useless. For example, if you think you want a shotgun and decide on a pump model, you must be able to load it, then pump the mechanism to move a shell into the chamber so it will fire. After firing it, you must be able to pump it again to eject the fired shell and load another. If you cannot do this quickly and easily, do not buy a pump shotgun. Each firearm has its own characteristics so you need to speak with a knowledgeable person to help you select the best firearm for you.

You must also be able to fire it with at least a minimal degree of accuracy. Safety is another important consideration. So this all points back to taking a class as the best way to learn how to handle a firearm. One place to look for classes is a firing range. You can also call your sheriff or police department to ask them as they will also be able to help you with laws pertaining to owning and using firearms in your area.

It is a sad commentary on our society that people must live in fear, but it is a reality so I commend you for thinking about this now before you really need it. Obviously, if you never prepare, you will never be able to defend yourself so please take action sooner rather than later.
God Bless,


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 4, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hey Mike and Mr. Roberts,

I want to add my 2c on this…one of the biggest steps you can take to protect yourself from determined intruders is to practice the “soft” skills of operational security, diversion, and camoflage to make sure that you minimize your chances of becoming a target in the first place. As I’ve said before, almost all houses in the US are vulnerable to molotov cocktails launched with water balloon launchers or someone driving a pickup (or bigger) truck through a wall and releasing ammonia/chlorine or other easy to find gasses.

While I’m an all-gun, all the time guy, I also work frequently in VERY non-permissive environments. In addition, history, experience, and logic dictate that there will be times when you have to fight to get to your gun or your gun malfunctions. That’s why I believe SO strongly in having a foundation of empty hands defense and why I recommend Target Focus Training so often. (Special deal at http://www.SurviveInPlace.com/targetfocustraining)

Mike, you’re right about pepper not working on drugged, drunk, or deranged people. In addition, a decent percentage of the population has desensitized themselves to the effects of OC from repeated exposure. This can happen from being on the receiving end as a criminal, law enforcement/security going through training, or people just trying to toughen themselves up. It also happens from blowback when you deploy OC.

I do want to point out that stun guns and Tasers are different and that Tasers will work on a much higher percentage of drugged, drunk, and deranged attackers.


Vote -1 Vote +1LeAnne Bryant
August 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Hi Carol

Perhaps you have an American Red Cross in your area. Someone there should be able to help you prepare. Also try a very good vocational rehabilitation counselor who can research the best ways to help you. Are you a disabled veteran? If so, get in touch with your local DAV or DAVA chapters and ask for this type of help. Church groups are also very good at helping the disabled and those that cannot do particular things. There is a way. Our Lord says that we should ask if we have a lack, and he will make it available to you. I have lived this life so far, and He is worthy of praise for caring for His children. He will hear your prayers. +++


Vote -1 Vote +1Cag3db1rd
November 8, 2011 at 3:43 am

I would suggest that you invest in several cans of wasp spray. The kind you can shoot up to 20 feet away. Then place these where you can reach them from wherever you are sitting. Non-lethal, simple to work, inexpensive, and effective.

A gun can be hard to keep on you 24/7 for self defence if you already have are disabled. Even worse, if you are disabled, and are not well trained on how to you your weapon, an attacker can disarm you and use your own weapon against you. It is absolutely imperative that you get as much training as you possibly can with your sidearm.

I hope that you always live safe and happy.


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 8, 2011 at 8:24 am

absolutely do NOT buy wasp spray with the intent of using it for self defense. Pepper spray is legal, cheap, and isn’t a neurotoxin.

Please read this article that I wrote on how bad wasp spray is: http://secretsofurbansurvival.com/1031/lasers_pump_shotguns_eating_dog_food/


Vote -1 Vote +1Caribou
February 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

You can use plywood people have been using it for years with satisfactory results. That will turn you house into a cave. It may also bring attention that you have something worth protecting. I prefer a product called Tuffak. It is a clear polycarbonate, easy as plywood to cut or drill but it will resist a much stronger impact. I had some 1/4″ Tuffak that I shot. All the .38’s bounced some of the .357’s bounced depending on bullet design and loading. What ever you put up use at least three different screw heads on the screws and don’t place similar screw heads next to each other. If someone wants to break in make them carry a bunch of tools. With this product light can still come in and you can still look out. From the street your house has no special appearance. There may be other polycarbonate products out there that are as good or better but this is the only one I have tested.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
April 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Hi Ms Roberts, may I suggest a couple big bad dogs. They can be very loyal friends. I have two. Some trained dogs that are military vets can be bought or adopted from a retirement site for military dogs. http://www.militaryworkingdogadoptions.com/​index.html
My dogs scare the crap out of all that walk by. And yes, if a creased, or druggy or drunk happens to invade, they will do there best to stop the intruder at the door, if trained right. That will give you a chance to get your gun.
Another trick is a old pump spray bottle with Clorox in it, and sprayed it in the the eyes of intruder. That will blind them for a short time. That may allow you to pull out the old 38, or ice pick and blow his head off, or stab him in the nuts 100 times. May God Bless


+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Buck Crosby
June 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

A great source of information often overlooked is a series of abut 15 books called “FOXFIRE ” . I could go to my closet and tell you the exact number but if you go to purchase it youwill find it close to my count . It is a cllection of how our recent ancestors did things with no electricity or other modern marvels to help them . Check it out.


Vote -1 Vote +1Patric
September 1, 2011 at 11:45 am

I started readin Foxfire 30 yrs ago, great series.My collection at the time only went to #6 and now I can’t find them anywhere, any sugestions?


Vote -1 Vote +1Suni
September 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

I too love the foxfire books, two years ago I typed in foxfire books and came to their website http://www.foxfire.org/thefoxfirebooks.aspx I bought the complete set. I do not remember the price. Hope this helps. They are well worth finding. God Bless


Vote -1 Vote +1JJM
April 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Thanks for the link. I received a FoxFire book over 20 years ago and enjoyed the reading. Did not realize there were 15 or so of the books!! Time to get the set…


Vote -1 Vote +1Grama
July 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Are we assuming vehicles(electronics) will not be shut down?I know-I know—-in the mean time learn to repair/maintain what you have !Let’s assume we have shelter.Cooking: got a grill? think of what you will build a fire with(no ‘store bought’ charcoal available)or where? and you will cook what?WATER…where is the most logical source of potable/fairly safe water?and waste(including toilet) concerns,–no water eqals no toilet–no electric equals-no disposal/dishwasher/laundry.We live with a very crippling mentality now because everything is SO comfortable–SO easily accessable.Think of a perpetual camping trip(at BEST)
NOW begin planning–learning–sharing–be available to teach what you DO know.Be available to HELP those who WANT to learn.Think WAY out of the box and make it work. ‘Use it up–wear it out–make it do–or do without…..and do a complete study of authentic history, the ‘great’ Depression,why we are here, what is our duty to others,as fellow pilgrims— and plan accordingly.The ship can stay afloat if we all bail, and REPAIR the damage..


Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Travis
August 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I would add that having one or more weapons to defend yourself against looters and gangs will be an essential part of survival in a post-apocalyptic America. The other tools you mentioned are critical but if someone steals them from you (or worse) because you are unarmed, you will most likely not survive.
Igitur qui desiderat pacem, preparat bellum.

God Bless,


Vote -1 Vote +1Rick Williams
July 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Col. Bo Gritz has a excellent program called S.P.I.K.E. which gives much info. on all kinds of different types of survival tactics. I think you are still able to obtain this series of videos, at his web site. Bo gritz. com


Vote -1 Vote +1John Russell
August 20, 2011 at 2:33 am

people survived for centuries before there WAS anything to “keep running”, and can/will do so again. So why bother with all the plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and such training and info? You won’t need it and won’t dare use such things for at least a year after shtf, or get shot for trying. Once nearly everyone is dead, you will have all the gear and materials you can ask for, just by bicycling around and picking it up. Ditto books, etc, on how to use/repair it.


Vote -1 Vote +1PJtiger
August 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Hey John. Love your point, pretty much my attitude. As to weapons…empty hands survival will be needed. In the interim, look for the simple stuff. Wasp and hornet spray shoots farther than pepper spray and is a good deal cheaper. Hairspray with a lighter taped to it makes a nice torch to distract someone. If you have a bat, make sure it is metal. From under my pillow to being dragged around the house, I have dozens of things. That pretty glass bottle? Solid glass or near enough. I will not go into too much detail, but you get the idea. A spray bottle of ammonia by the front door might be handy if your friend has someone with a gun behind him. Think about lighting? Do your lamps cast shadows on the windows? I can navigate the entire place without a shadow I do not even live in a ghetto, but for us…these things are every day, every hour every minute. If it is Not an emp…a rumour can set the country on fire in under 2 minutes with cell phones.Do you know what a riot looks like? I was driving in San Francisco the day of Super Bowl 23. burning cars, broken everything, police on every corner; and THat was for Fun. I spent a year of high school with a police riot car driving around the block; riot gun out the passenger side.All day.
Again….Not inner city or ghetto. Nice clean middle class area.
Guess this turned out to be a general principle ramble, hope someone gets something out of it.


Vote -1 Vote +1Marilyn
September 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

Hi PJ,

Read your post. Could you give more details or have a list of the household items to have handy such as you described for protection? I do have wasp spray and was glad to hear that confirmation.

Thanks much,



Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm


PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t leave this site thinking that wasp spray is an appropriate self-defense item that you should ever PLAN on using. It is a neurotoxin and should only be used when you have no other options.


Vote -1 Vote +1d. alexander
August 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

P JTiger: wouldike to hear more – email above if so inclined.
single elderly guy in middle america wes coast
thanks either way


Vote -1 Vote +1stephanie
August 26, 2011 at 10:44 am

Hi…for those of us that might be lucky to have no “big Bills” like house payment or car pmt. We should keep on keepin on.
Yes anything is beter than nothing in preparedness.
As far as the ethenol…yes there very well could be a shortage of foods. When you make gas for the car using corn-or soy beans..who do you think will have something for the people to eat or survive?
At the very lease a wood burning stove will help keep you warm & cook your food.
Better yet if we have a grill…but remember it takes gas to run that unless it’s converted to burn wood.


Vote -1 Vote +1stephanie
August 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

I believe we all must keep our place safe & prepare for a hard winter even if it’s sunshine day in & out.
I use my wood buriner for cooking & even more.
It doesn’t have to have electric, & I remember my grandma cooking on a wood stove many years ago when I was a kid.
Be prepared cause the govt won’t be able to help us even in a small situation.


Vote -1 Vote +1Margo Paz
September 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

My mechanic son-in-law warns against even thinking to use ethenol gas in your vehicle unless you have a model that has been specially modified to use it otherwise your car will stop running, you will need to find somebody to suction all of it out , the carburator cleaned and you’ll need to pay for another tank of the regular type before you’re rolling again – just sayin’


Vote -1 Vote +1Ruth Johnson
October 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

Love reading all the comments, but still want to hear what do we do that live in the wildernesses or way out in the country. Can anyone give us advise on this? Thanks!


Vote -1 Vote +1Gary
November 4, 2011 at 11:31 am

I’ve been seeing this comming of a long time. I’ve been canning for 30 + year’s, I have gun’s,
ammo, night vison and back up in numbers. It only takes one bullet to end you life so they can take all your hard work. Secerity camras or nice if thell work,, but I fill safer in a good
team. You need good god fearing friends and famly in my way of thinking.


Vote -1 Vote +1Tom
December 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Would a wallet size laminated metric conversion table be good for a Go bag in case one forgets the numbers? Is a candle and appliance lighter also good for the Go bag instead of matches, knife and flint stone?


Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
April 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm

As to the question of family or friends being separated by a disaster or riot. Go to a Fire Station, or Police Station (one that is not the target of the riot), or Sheriffs Office, or National Guard Building, or a Church, or a Post Office (where there is an open area for the people that have a Post Office Box addresses), and wait until you can make contact with your family. And please people, the Police and Fire Fighters are not the enemy. So don’t start with the BS of being taken to the FEMA camps. The local law enforcement are people just like you and me. They have families too.
After the emergency is over, than ask for help. But be patient. The Police and Fire Fighters are there to serve and protect. But stopping the riot, or the risque of the maimed or injured are top priory. And your not being able to get home is at the bottom of the list. Thank you. And God Bless.


Vote -1 Vote +1Darrell Lynch
April 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

There are a few people who do not have a firearm, do not wish to have one, are not allowed to have one, are afraid of them, or a whole host of reasons. Or they could be living in a high density apartment building, where even a .22 could exit the crook and harm someone else. Understandable. So, for those folks, an excellent alternative is a two-pronged approach; a can of good wasp spray, and a wooden baseball bat. The wasp spray will shoot for up to 10 feet accurately, and no human being on the planet, can withstand a concentrated spray in the eyes and general face. The eyes and nose/mouth are the best targets, and do it just before they break down the door, or window. Have at least two cans, and direct the first one at the intruder until they leave, or it is empty, If they don’t leave, give therm the other one. Then, if they have actually gained entry, after you spray their face, immediately follow up with a full force blow to the head. This will end the intrusion, permanently. Do not be squeamish. here, unless you just want to get killed. It is you against the crook, and you MUST win!


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
April 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

Please NEVER plan on using wasp spray as a weapon. It’s a neurotoxin. It is an option as a last resort, but planning on using it is not a sound strategy.


Vote -1 Vote +1hellohandbasket
April 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

Actually a golf club will inflict more damage than a baseball bat with just as much force. You can pick up a used one at a thrift store fairly cheap.


Vote -1 Vote +1Suzanne
July 7, 2012 at 8:55 am

Your “gun nut” comment is unnecessarily derogatory, and unfortunate, as it tarnishes your credibility.


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