Everyone wants to think that everything they have spent hard earned money on will save them when push comes to shove. The simple fact is, you can never be too ready and you will never be prepared for everything that may happen.
So what two preps do I believe are extremely important and almost entirely neglected by a large percentage of preppers.
2. Rolled barbed wire
Yes, that simple. And yet, I bet you dont have them. If you do, than you are a thinker and likely quite advanced or experienced in this area.
Why do you need these two invaluable preps? Simple, in a hammer down situation is your modern suburban home really going to provide reasonable security? Wouldn’t you feel better with barbed wire coiled along your property line to at least slow threats down? What about sandbags placed in windows and below windows to provide secure areas for keeping an eye on things? (Use your imagination and get some solid rifle training) You can also use sandbags to add security to your entry points, 4′ high in front of entryways on the inside would make it difficult to enter successfully.
So how do you use these preps properly? It is simple really, buy good polyester sandbags, I prefer the white ones, they will last longer in the sunlight. A short shovel, get a good one not a collapsible piece of junk that some military paid bottom dollar for, get one with a solid handle and steel fittings. Fill the bags half to 3/4’s full, never more. Use soil or sand, try to avoid using rocky soil, you need them to settle well and rocks prevent that. Roll, tie and use them like bricks and stack in rows and offset next row to cover split. They will settle quite well and will provide very solid cover from most small arms and even shrapnel, small explosions. You can sew them shut if you have time but this is unnecessary really. In the high desert of Arizona you can find the perfect soil around 6-10 inches down pretty much anywhere.
As for barbed wire, a solid pair of wire cutters, heavy leather gloves and an understanding of human behavior will help you set up what you need where you need it. Remember build it to prevent others from easily engaging and to funnel them where you have the advantage. This works for animals as well. Be smart, be safe and remember this is for your families survival and yours.
So, what do you think? Make sense? These are really inexpensive preps and easily stored, empty, the bags (several hundred) can be stored in a relatively small area. The wire comes in tightly wrapped coils and is also easy to store. Remember, prepping is really just understanding that you alone are capable of saving yourself in the end. Put the odds in your favor, make life easier and learn to enjoy being ready!
Free the mind and the body will follow.
– I have not taken pictures this time around, apologies-