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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Security During A Grid Down Scenario


Natural or other disasters can bring out the best in people, but unfortunately, they can also bring out the worst in people. As much as some don't want to admit it, this is something you must prepare for in the event of a long term disaster such as a grid down scenario.

Once the grocery store shelves are cleaned out within days and it's clear that they will not be restocked, people will become desperate and begin looking for food for themselves and their families elsewhere. While most people will simply be looking for food or supplies for their families, there will also be those individuals or groups that will prey on weaker people. That's just a fact of life. Remember to have a supply of decoy food.

Home Security Assessment 

Do a security assessment of your home and/or bug out location before such an event and gather the materials needed.  Simply look around your home, property, or bug out location and try to determine your weakest points of security.  Try to imagine you are the bad guy and determine where you would attack.  At our home, we have rolls of metal fencing and barbed wire along with "U" nails that we could put up around the house within a few hours.

Another issue to consider is the fact that no one can stay awake guarding their home 24 hours a day so it will be good to network with friends, family, and/or neighbors so that guard duty can run in shifts.

Booby traps or warning devices are easy to set up as well which will assist during the night time hours.

Here's an excellent article on warning devices booby traps by Richard Maida from Survivalist Daily.

Night vision rifle scopes or binoculars are also very useful for nighttime security. Night vision devices are relatively inexpensive these days. Look for night vision that uses batteries you can recharge as it may become difficult to find replacement batteries once things go bad.

Why did the lights go out?

The three main scenarios that are widely talked about that would cause the grid to go down are a massive computer hacking on the nation's power grid and, of course, the dreaded EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse).  Sniper attacks on the Large Power Transformers (LPTs).

The effects of these three scenarios differ in that a computer hacking attack would not necessarily destroy all unprotected electronics like an EMP would. Overloading the power grid could damage electronics that are plugged in at the time of the event and may even start localized fires.  Your car would still work unless you have an electric car that has to be plugged in, of course.

We'll go into these topics a little further in future postings.

Just briefly, one thing you can do to protect your communications and other electronics from an EMP attack would be to build what's called a Faraday Cage.  This can be a simple metal box that is lined with material that will not conduct electricity such a foam rubber. I have found metal military surplus containers on

Have a plan!

Since it's most likely the average citizen would have little or no warning prior to such an event, each family or network should discuss possible scenarios based on everyone's normal daily routine.  Even during a massive hacking attack, you have to plan for the fact that traffic lights will not work which could bring traffic to a stand still. Alternate routes to your rally point should be researched.  It's also a good idea not to let your gas tank go below a half tank. I usually fill up well before I'm at half a tank.  Imagine such an event occurring only to find you only have a quarter tank of gas with no way to fill up. 

In the event of an EMP, everyone will most likely be walking. This presents many dangers, and it's best to have an emergency backpack with you at all times. What do you put in your emergency pack? Well, that's up to you. I know what's in mine. You might at least have a pair of comfortable shoes because you may be walking for quite a while.

I believe there will be a fairly narrow window before the predators realize that emergency services are overwhelmed and  they take advantage or the situation.  In an obvious long term event, I estimate there will be a week to three weeks before normal folks become desperate and dangerous. 

"The art of fighting without fighting," Bruce Lee, Enter The Dragon

The best case scenario is that you never have to physically engage marauders or looters. Use your imagination to become as invisible as possible by not drawing attention to yourself.

Communications will become important to gather information and intelligence. Obviously, you most likely won't have access to internet, cable TV, or maybe even TV using your old rabbit ears. I believe, at least for a while after a grid down scenario, there will still be communications over citizen's band (CB), Ham and shortwave, and possibly regular AM radios. I wouldn't actually transmit to anyone, but it would be good to have access to these radios to listen about what's going on in the world.  A good antenna for the CB and/or Ham radio would good to have for a greater range. Do your research and find the best antenna for your radios.

I've been impressed with the BaoFeng radio. You can use this to scan frequencies.

BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio

Make your home a hard target

Having boards on hand for windows would be good to fortify your home and create another layer of security. Adding longer heavy duty screws to your door frame as well as "C" clamps would also make it tougher to gain entry to your home. Chicken wire along with "U" nails can also be used to fortify windows.  Nothing will prevent people from making entry into your home, but fortifying your doors and windows will slow them down and make them a huge stationary target while they are attempting to defeat your fortifications.

Materials for blacking out windows to keep anyone passing by from seeing lights on at night may keep you from being targeted as well.  Along the lines of light discipline is to try and only use small fires or Sterno to cook with ans keep in mind that smoke can be seen and smelled for a great distance.

Wireless security cameras and motion activated lights that run on rechargeable batteries will assist folks that don't have a great number of people in their groups for guard duty.

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