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A Green Beret’s Guide to Improvised Home Defense, Part 2

by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

Here we go, ReadyNutrition Readers, with “Part 2” on the series on prepping your home turf for battle. In Part 1, we covered the things needed for those in a rural and suburban setting. Now we’re going to focus our efforts on similar measures for those in densely-populated suburbs and cities. As you have probably deduced, combat operations in a city area and the preps for them have a whole host of different factors for you to consider. In the service, such operations were referred to as MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain), and there are a number of military publications you can research online to cover such a broad topic.

`There are a number of these factors that need to be mentioned. We mentioned some terms such as cover and concealment in the first article. To refresh, cover protects and can hide you, concealment usually hides you with a slight protection factor in many instances. In an urban environment, there are many structures in a firefight to provide you with cover, such as brick or masonry buildings, and also large public works structures such as tunnels and concrete subway and sewer accesses and portals. Due to the increased amount of structures that are very durable in nature, cover is more readily available in a city, and can also by its nature conceal you.

Conversely, this deals with the exterior of buildings. The interiors are different matters. Drywall (the universal construction “substance”) provides minimal or no protection from small arms fire. Another drawback in high rises or townhomes are the windows…great for light, but not great for either providing concealment or cover for you. The greatest challenge that you will face, however, is in the numbers of people you encounter in an urban environment.

“World War Z,” the movie with Brad Pitt has an excellent illustration of this toward the beginning of the film when he and his family are in New Jersey. Watch the scene, and realize the sheer amount of humanity moving around you during a disaster, each one of them desiring the same things as you, with the same needs as you. Now to factor into all of this is where you live. Remember, if you live in a really big city (such as New York or Los Angeles), your primary consideration should always revolve around your city being a target in a nuclear war, in which case most of these considerations mentioned in this article are secondary in nature to what you will face with that.

Checklist for Apartment Dwelling Preppers Defending Territory

If you’re in a really high skyscraper-type apartment, it is critical to be abreast with the situation and get out of there beforehand. If this is not possible, then there are a few things you need to assess as a checklist for yourself and your family:

In a collapse, you may be on the 30th floor of a 50-story apartment building: what will you do without any power, water, sewage, or temperature controls (AC or heat)?
How secure is that front door into your abode, and do you have the materials and resources necessary to blockade it and re-secure it if a forced entry is made?
Who are your neighbors, and what is their disposition? What would their disposition be if all of a sudden everything collapsed?
Can you get out of there, via a set of stairs if the elevator is out, or a fire escape? What is your plan to E&E (escape and evade) if the living situation becomes untenable?
Is there an immediate common area that you can escape to and secure as a temporary hideout if your primary residence is compromised and/or overrun?
How easy is it for the neighbors to “reach out and touch someone,” …not by telephone, but (for instance) jump from their balcony to yours and smash in your sliding glass door? Those once-friendly neighbors…can you keep them out?

Preparation and planning are the keys here.

You need to have a plan of escape from that type of residential structure. The exfiltration needs to be secure, silent, swift, and successful….in that order of importance for the first three with the last one being a goal. As an example, you may have an abandoned storage building made of stone one block from your residence. Here’s what you do.

Scope it out: pay it a visit, and find out what types of “amenities” are available…restroom, running water, place that you can hole up and lock the door
Any supplies on the premises that can be used for resources need to be known and noted or remembered
You need to watch the building for a whole day (that means a whole 24-hour period), and one of those days needs to be on a weekend…. this will show you what “creatures” normally frequent this locale and give you an idea on the human traffic in and out.

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2 comments to A Green Beret’s Guide to Improvised Home Defense, Part 2

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Living in a multi-story high rise, is already dangerous in many places. Criminals robbing, raping & murdering victims in the elevators & stairwells is nothing new.

    Exterior fire-escapes often will collapse if the entire population of residents are all going down at the same time.

    Earthquakes, fires, & war damage (bombs) always knock out the elevators and often destroy or block the stairwells.

    I’d say that everybody living too high to jump should all have some rapelling gear to get out of the windows and bypass all the normal methods of egress.

    A proper rope, harness and all the extras can be obtained for less than $300, and often much cheaper.

    99% of us have no training or experience with this stuff, so a more idiot proof device for getting down safely can be purchased. They are known as a “descender”.

    The full harness is safer than the light weight ‘half rigs’ that can be as cheap as $40.

    A clever person can lower an unconscious body secured in a full body harness, either from above or below (depending on the extra little attachments, belay device, pulleys, etc.)

    Having this stuff would allow the high rise dweller to get out when no other way is available.

    Many types of jobs require the workers to be familiar with the rope descenders (such as Tower workers, window washers, high rise construction or repair, tree trimmers, some military operations, fire & rescue workers, etc).
    An assortment of various “descenders & ascenders”. Descenders, come in the manual rappelling types, and the “automatic, self braking rescue types”.

    (ascenders are for making it easier to get back UP the rope. They can make it almost as EASY as walking UP the stairway.)

    Watch a rope descender ‘in action’ getting down from a roof top.

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Shopping for those climbing thingies?

    Here is a quick look at some stuff.

    https://www.google.com/search?num=40&hs=4Zx&channel=fs&biw=1065&bih=537&tbm=shop&q=rope+descender&oq=rope+descender&gs_l=serp.12…0.0.0.25989.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0….0…1c..64.serp..0.0.0.RfeosnBr9DU

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