One day, I witnessed my neighbor Jerry slowly climbing out of a hole in his backyard…
At first, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, but looking closely, I saw stairs leading into the ground and realized he must have built something… like a hidden basement.
To say I was intrigued would be an understatement. Why? Because Jerry is a 70-year-old disabled war veteran living on a fixed income.
What he built in his backyard was a unique kind of root cellar and it only took Jerry a week to get it done-on his own. And when he invited me inside, I felt as if I had traveled back in time… right back to my grandfather’s days.
That’s because, while smaller, at probably 150 square feet, everything else was the same — even that old vintage smell I missed so much! Jerry had all sorts of cans, rice, beans, and jerky hanging from the ceiling, but he also had modern supplies like Progresso soup, pasta, peanut butter, dry goods, candles, water bottles, meds, an AR-15, a big ammo box, and a lot more…
Modern threats continue to evolve, so it isn’t enough to simply store some food in your basement and hope that it will be enough to get you through the worst days of a disaster.
From nuclear contamination to massive epidemics caused by biowarfare agents, having a safe place to hide should be your primary concern. You might already have the best spot for this purpose, so you’ll need to put in a good bit of effort to turn your cellar into a survival shelter.
While these below ground rooms have many advantages, they can make your survival worse if not prepared with modern threats in mind.
Protecting your family…
Desperation caused by competition for resources can turn normally law-abiding people into burglars and can turn burglars into violent home invaders.
At the end of the day, the only sure-fire way to stop bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. Anything else is wishful thinking.
While the initial aim of security precautions is deterrence, should deterrence fail, security measures serve to slow criminals and detect them, giving homeowners time and information they need to respond effectively to the threat at hand.