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Neck brought up a good point. Sometimes Bugging Out is not a wise or viable option. Lets focus this thread on sustaining life in or on your own homestead. What preps have you made? Food, security or otherwise to get you through the "inevitable". Indoor garden anyone? Power options? Como? Toilet paper backstock? post em up!
 

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If anything were to ever happen, bugging out would be a bad decision on my part. Have a houseful of food, thousands of rounds of ammo and enough reloading supplies for many more, Coleman lanterns and stoves with plenty of fuel, a pond not 75 yards from the backdoor and a creek not far off, traps for **** and such, plenty of fishing gear, a big wood pile in the shop and wood stove, plenty of family that would show up with their stuff and help out with things...brother-in-law grows a huge garden every year too and they are only a mile away if they chose to stay where they're at. Yep...staying where I'm at.
 

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One of my concerns has always been penetration from incoming rifle rounds - intentional or unintentional. Need a safe reinforced "safe room" when and if the shooting starts. However, there maybe the need to shoot back ... gangs, vandals, and such! Where you gonna shoot from that has sufficient COVER (not concealment) -- all approaches covered?
 

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I have 4 water barrrels (15Gal) filled with water that I rotate every six months plus I keep a minimum of ten un-opened cases of bottled water that I rotate into use. That should get me through most situations except for TEOTWAWKI, (The End of the World As We Know It).

I keep canned vegetables that I rotate into use like beans, corn, peas etc... around 250 cans on hand at any given time.


I also store dry beans & rice, peanut butter, dehydrated soup & noodles (Ramen & Nissan Cup-O-Soup).

I have thousands of rounds for each caliber firearm I own but I'd like to hit 10k for each to feel safe, bout halfway there.

I store medicines & first aid equipment & supplies, handbooks etc.


I keep plenty of toilet paper stocked, flashlights & batteries, also the chemical lights that you break & shake (can be bought cheap at the Dollar Stores).

Plenty of Board games to occupy down time.

Need a Honda Generator, propane tanks & a few other things.

If its a Hurricane, I'm bugging out as I'm just a few blocks off the Gulf.
 

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From what I have read, the most vulnerable area of any fortress is the risk of mass invasion and even a siege once (IF) others determine that you have prepared and have supplies...

A secured perimeter is an integral part of any fortress plan...

Keep a low profile, and think BULLET PROOF and FIRE PROOF for starters!
 

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One of my concerns has always been penetration from incoming rifle rounds - intentional or unintentional. Need a safe reinforced "safe room" when and if the shooting starts. However, there maybe the need to shoot back ... gangs, vandals, and such! Where you gonna shoot from that has sufficient COVER (not concealment) -- all approaches covered?
I'm thinking along the lines of covering windows with something bullet resistant split in the middle to fire from.
 

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Its gonna be pretty hard to take a modern house and make a fortress...almost impossible I'd say without considerable expense...Unless u build it that way from the beginning...and this is not something normally done by those of us living in the "burbs"....now maybe in the country its a whole different matter

If you make a safe room...you will not be able to watch your perimeter...

If its getting that bad...its time to haul ass
 

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one option on making a safe room is browning makes "safe" doors for your house granted they can still come through the sheet rock or bust glass out but you can always use BR glass on your windows if you really wanna go that extra distance
 

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Hammer and I have discussed building an underground house for a couple years. Its still something we would like to do. It would be good for protection from most anything (bombs excluded)I figure.
 

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I live in a log house 1/2 mile off the road. Logs are between 12" and 14" thick. Makes a pretty good fortress.
 

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While I don't consider it "fortress" .. I am now starting to accumulate food stock items... coffee, sugar, rice, cooking oil. Still working on a rotation scheme. I have decided to go with 5gallon buckets as a second container.
 

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Well I'm thinking medival tower,built of cinder block with poured concrete with rebar inside,bout 20 feet tall to the roof,20x20 or 30x30 floor space,two floors...3 inch wide gun slits(2) per wall up stairs with about a 3/4 or 1 inch steel sealing door.Plumbed with running water and a wood burning stove......That should keep MOSt of the zombies out for a good bit.. :lol3: sorry guys it was just to easy to pass up!!!!! But I have actually considered building it just to see what my wife would say :lol3:
 

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pinetor said:
While I don't consider it "fortress" .. I am now starting to accumulate food stock items... coffee, sugar, rice, cooking oil. Still working on a rotation scheme. I have decided to go with 5gallon buckets as a second container.
I couldnt help but notice that coffee came in at the top of your list. When we run out and the wife starts to lose her sanity I know where to go.
 

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As far as heating and cooking goes, I saw something i thought was awesome this summer during one of my long cross country motorcycle tours. A girlfriend of mine has an old wood burning stove. Cast Iron is a big plus when the electricity dies... Ditto btr568
 
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