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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


About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear and author of The Strategic Prepper. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.