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SPG 020: Prepper Security Assessment

 

In this episode, we are continuing the series of assessments inspired by The Strategic Prepper eBook.  Security is another big area that preppers should assess before conducting a threat assessment.

Prepper Security Assessment

Do you have any specialized training?

  • Having experience with protecting and securing a fortified location amplifies your defense
  • It isn’t enough just to have guns and other weapons
  • To increase your survivability you need to be proficient in defending yourself and others
  • just because you may have a bunch of guns doesn’t mean that you are ready to use them
  • Gear without skills is just a waste of money
  • training shouldn’t be confused with education
  • of course, you need to be first educated on how to protect yourself
  • but knowing and applying are 2 different things
  • training actually creates memory muscle
  • this means that you have practiced so much that when it comes to applying your training it will come naturally
  • this is important because when you are defending yourself there is going to be a lot of stress
  • most people break under stress because they don’t have training
  • however, you have that memory muscle then thinking aspect is removed from the process
  • it just becomes a natural reaction
  • A good place to find proficient trainers is on the NRA website
  • you can typically find training relatively close to where you live
  • you can’t afford not to get training
  • yes, there are some exercises that you can practice at home like dry firing
  • but that is mainly for accuracy training
  • you need under pressure training
  • Now if you live in slave states then it may be harder for you to find training
  • so I would recommend going out of state to get some training

How many firearms do you own?

  • Inventory your arsenal of hand guns, semi-automatic and automatic weapons
  • having a number of firearms is going to multiply your survivability
  • different guns serve different purposes
  • for example, compact handguns are mainly for conceal carrying when you are out and about
  • you most likely won’t want to carry a rifle on you all the time
  • handguns are typically meant for one threat or to help you get a better option if there are multiple threats
  • most home invasions are performed by 2 or 3 culprits
  • you aren’t going to be able to defend yourself as well with one handgun against 3 people
  • this is where having a semi-automatic rifle comes in
  • it is a lot quicker
  • another good reason to have multiple firearms is if some are stolen or broken
  • the old saying applies “2 is 1 and 1 is none”
  • Now I typically pick up guns from a local shop but I have also purchased from Bud’s Gun Shop
  • They have specials that they run often
  • you can also catch some good guns in their bidding section as well
  • if you still can’t afford that then I would recommend checking out pawn shops and Facebook groups
  • however, facebook is really cracking down on those types of weapons
  • A really good app to check out is MeWe
  • you can typically find some local gun groups on there as well
  • in these groups, it is mostly individuals selling their firearms
  • of course, you should take some precautions when interacting with others

Have you standardized your weapons?

  • Standardized weapons use the same ammunition
  • in a collapse scenario or in the event of a gun ban it is going to be hard to find ammunition
  • this is especially true for foreign ammunition
  • it will be even harder to find for uncommon guns
  • so it would be helpful to have the same ammunition that can be used in multiple weapons
  • so for example, if you have all 9mm handguns you can use that ammunition on different ones in the case that one breaks or is stolen
  • that way you don’t have to scavenge or barter for different types of ammunition
  • some common ammunition includes 9mm, 223 and even buckshot rounds
  • so try to buy handguns that can use the same ammunition

How much ammo have you stored for each weapon?

  • again, the case of a collapse or gun ban it is going to be hard to find ammunition
  • one way to offset this risk is buying stocking up on ammunition
  • having at least a thousand rounds is a good starting place
  • I’ve even heard of stocking up on 10k rounds for extreme scenarios
  • that probably won’t be ideal for those that live in small spaces like an apartment
  • however, you could always buy storage spaces to keep them along with other gear and supplies
  • you will want to have air tight ammo cans to store them
  • this will keep them compartmentalized
  • you should also label those cans with 9mm, 223, buckshot, etc.
  • that way when you need them you will know exactly where they are at
  • it would also be helpful to have some discreet safes or hiding places for this ammunition

Do you have any security enhancements?

  • options include night vision, body armor, nuclear biological and chemical protection gear, fortification surveillance, non-lethal weapons
  • security isn’t all about firearms
  • there are additional layers of security that you can add
  • in the show notes, I will link to a blog post about 4 layers of home security that you should have
  • you can find the notes at www.smartpreppergear.com/spg20
  • but those layers include deterrence, fortification, early warning and confrontational
  • things that you can use for deterrence include alarm system signs, barking dogs, exterior lights, etc
  • with fortification, you can reinforce your doors and windows
  • early warning can include again cameras or door and window sensors
  • and the confrontational layer can include your self-defense weapons
  • having multiple layers will make it tougher for intruders and slow them down
  • it may not stop them completely but will give you time to properly defend yourself
  • so it is imperative to have a strong home security setup
  • however, you can boost your security in different areas
  • for example, it is important to carry non-lethal self-defense weapons as well
  • there are different layers of self-defense as well
  • with those layers, we use the acronym PACE
  • It stands for primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency
  • not every self-defense situation will warrant the use of a handgun
  • I typically carry pepper spray, a tactical pen along with my handgun
  • I will also link in the show notes of this episode of the self-defense layers that you should have
  • I also carry body armor with me throughout the day in my EDC bag
  • I carry a sling bag so that I can quickly shield my arteries in the case there is ever a shooting
  • I also have some armor from CATO Armor in my home defense bag as well along with a vest
  • all this is not guaranteed to save you but will multiply your survivability

How many able-bodied preppers are in your group?

  • there is power in numbers
  • so the more preppers that you have in the group then the better
  • in the case of a collapse, you will have a support system of people that think like you for the most part
  • now you will want to have friends and family in that group as well
  • however, it isn’t easy to get them on board
  • another challenge is finding other like minded preppers to build this group with
  • some areas may not even have preppers
  • however, you can typically find preppers or like minded people at shooting ranges, CERT meetings, ham radio clubs, etc.
  • it is important to have a strong support system
  • one subscriber to Smart Prepper Gear left a powerful quote on a post this past week
  • Solstar stated an African proverb that says “if you want to travel fast go alone if you want to travel far go together.”
  • so yeah, the more people in your group may slow you down
  • however, in the long run, you will be able to go a lot further than you could alone
  • you have someone there to pick you up when you fall

Conclusion