DEFENDING YOUR CASTLE - By Tyler Woods, 11th Hour Preparedness

As many store preparations for adverse times, we need caution to avoid ideas that could cost us everything. I call these “Stupid Thoughts” and most are comic with a bit of truth. Some of these are:

* FEMA will save you (Tell that to cities wiped out in recent storms)
* Everyone will band together and share (Like the residents of New Orleans?)
* The Rapture will precede any trouble (Christians suffered under Soviet Communism for 73yrs.)

Another line of thought that could prove dangerous is “My guns will protect me.” It is the thought that with enough firepower you can hold any station and remain secure. Nothing could be further from truth.
Desperate times will cause desperate people to do desperate things. Once word gets out to starving masses that you may be sitting on resources of food, not even mounds of bodies will keep them from trying to get them. Eventually, someone will get lucky and breach your defenses.
Worse is the understanding that those killed would not be zombies from a distant land. They would be neighbors, residents from your town and people who once called you a friend. How would you live with yourself if you did succeed in keeping your resources? Taking a life is an act that permanently changes you, no matter how justified the action was.

“A jury of twelve may acquit you but a jury of one reconvenes each day.”

Our preparedness plans need to include a “bug-out” scenario and an “invasion strategy.”

Bug-Out Two modes are important. The first is when you have some time for an orderly exit. Much like hurricane preparedness, have supplies pre-loaded into standard sized containers with a target weight of less than 50# each. Keep a fully fueled and well repaired vehicle at the ready and pray you never have to use it. When events begin to look like it's time to bug-out, you should be already gone. Don't waste time hoping things will get better. You can always come back if they do. Have a destination with resources already in place. Resources should be well hidden from vandals or those who might stumble onto your remote location. Buried caches in sealed buckets or large coolers are excellent as they could be retrievable in the event that your retreat were occupied. Think about where you could place them to allow you discrete retrieval. If your destination retreat is further than one tank of fuel from your point of origin, you may plant caches of food, water and fuel along the way. Locations to hide them might include wilderness areas and park lands. Locate a place with good landmarks and away from observation. The disturbed soil needs time to return to normal after you plant your cache and you will need uninterrupted time to dig it up when it's needed again. Plan more than one cache option. If one cache were spoiled or discovered before you got to it, do you have another that is still within reach with resources on hand? An important note regarding caching firearms and ammunition. If your cache were discovered and weapons you placed there were involved in a crime, you could be held responsible for not securing them properly.
second bug-out mode allows no time but to grab one thing and run. This could be in the event of a fire or an imminent invasion. Each person in the house should have their own pack with basic survival equipment such as a wilderness water filter, compass, map to your retreat location, food, protective clothing and other essentials to last several days. Have a course of action established. Just running into the wilderness may save your hide today but what about tomorrow? This is where caches are of great advantage. If you have provision along the way for being on foot, they would also be alternate resources if you were in your vehicle.
Invasion Strategy – No matter how comfortable and secure we believe our place of refuge is, things can change. The best strategy is to become invisible. Bring no attention to yourself and present an image that will not attract those who may be looking for resources. This can best be done by maintaining a “cold camp” for the first three months after the loss of infrastructure. These are the most dangerous days when extreme acts of human depravity will surface. It is also the time when most of those who did not prepare will die of violence, disease and starvation. A cold camp is one that emits no light at night, no evidence of activity by day and no cooking odors ever. A wash on the line, people working a garden and work activity of any sort is evidence of people who have food to produce energy. A cold camp eats cold food, buries garbage and performs all chores at night without light.
Even with the best of operational logistics, searching bands of hostiles may find you out. If invaded, there will be little time to hide anything and save yourself. It is best to leave your camp and return after the adversaries move on. That doesn't mean you have to leave them everything. Caching is a good plan for your home. Why stack all your provisions in one easy to find store room? I heard of a man who buried a 500 gallon plastic septic tank and used it to store his preparedness food. Who would look in a septic tank for something to eat? Another had a soda vending machine that was gutted and used as a weapons locker. It was an insulated strongbox that sat in the corner of his garage with the cord cut off. It was not a place where a looter would waste considerable energy to find food. After looters have trashed the place looking for food, it is even less likely they would return to look again. If you have buried food caches around your property several months before, the ground would revert to a natural look and show no sign of hiding food. Ground temperatures would keep your food cool as long as you place your caches two feet or better below ground.

As for firearms, I have plenty and will use them if necessary. My purpose for using firearms is to escape harm and flee to safely while protecting my family. Remember, the best place to be when trouble breaks out, is somewhere else.

Let's pray we never have to revert to these extreme actions but to be prepared is to consider the worst and have a plan to address it.