The Urban Prepper’s Complete Home Defense Checklist

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If you live in a big city, then you should prepare for many kinds of potential disasters, from floods to plagues to organized attacks. Today, it is easier to become an urban prepper who is ready for anything. Here are some of the ways to prepare for any type of disaster.

Have Nonperishable Food Stored In Your Home

During a disaster, you won’t have ready access to a supermarket or a restaurant. It’s likely that you won’t have the power to run a refrigerator, either. What you can have, if you prepare ahead of time, is an assortment of non-perishable foods available. Everyday Cheapskate explains how “Ideally, you need enough [food storage] to feed your family for six months but start with shorter goals, like one week, then two weeks, and then a month…” In addition to canned foods, you can have freeze-dried foods that are easy to open and to eat immediately or that only require minimal cooking. Remember that at the very least, you should have three days of food available for each member of your family, but the more the better. If you have the room and the funds to store three month’s worth of food (or more) for your family, use it.

Do You Have a Bug Out Bag?

A bug out bag is typically a backpack that you can use to hold the items required for daily survival. The goal of this type of bag is to carry enough things for your survival for approximately a week. Water is one of the main items required for a bug out bag, but you will also need food, matches and a sleeping bag. If you have a serious medical condition, then make sure to add medications to your bug out bag supply list.

Do You Have a Weapon’s Permit?

You may want to have weapons for defense or to hunt for food, but you must follow local government regulations concerning rifles and guns. When you want to have weapons, make sure to learn how to use the items safely; this means taking the appropriate classes and practicing regularly with your weapons (once a month or more, if possible).  When weapons are not in use, you should keep them protected in locked boxes or gun cabinets to prevent accidents.

Update Home Security Systems

According to ADT, “A home is supposed to be a safe place. However, with the possibility of home invasions, fires, hurricanes and other emergencies, a state-of-the-art security system is required.” If you want to protect your family from the dangers of home invasions, then you should update your home’s security systems. You can visit a home improvement store to find new locks for a home’s doors or windows along with security bars. It is also easy to install modern surveillance cameras that look like doorbells and other everyday objects. With a smartphone or computer, you can monitor your home when there is an emergency situation.

Learn First-aid Procedures

In addition to having a bug out bag and other items for protection during a disaster, make sure to enroll in a first-aid class to learn how to perform CPR, how to save yourself and others from choking, how to treat shock, and other important skills that may save lives in an emergency. Have emergency first aid supplies packed in the bug-out bag of every family member in the event that you are separated. Make sure those supplies are not expired.
Overall, being prepared for unexpected situations such as loss of access to food, water, and/or electricity should be a consideration every person should be concerned about. Follow some of these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to being a well-prepared citizen. For more tips on how to prepare for and deal with the best and worst in life, check out our life hacks page.

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