Survivalist Tip: You must fortify the front door to your home if you want to add an extra measure of security for you and your family. Most people think of locks, chains, burglar alarms and ‘Beware of Demonic Dog’ notices plastered below the peep hole, when they’re asked about the front door. All of these things, however, are merely deterrents. You have to reinforce the door jamb, which is the vertical portion of the frame onto which the door is secured. Of course, if you didn’t know what a door jamb is in the first place, you’re going to have a really tough time when the apocalypse hits anyway. But, here’s how to strengthen the door jamb:
- Pry off the doorstop. This is the trim that the door closes against. Now find where the jamb has been nailed through the shims. Remove each nail and replace with a very long screw (long enough to reach a couple inches into the stud). Once the screws are flush, put the doorstop back and you’re done.
- Reinforce the hinges. Most hinges have short screws that don’t reach very far. Simply replace the short screws with long screws that will reach all the way into the studs. That will secure the door to the jamb and the house frame.
- Reinforce the strike plate. This is the small piece of metal in the jamb that holds the latch or bolt in place. Because the jamb is chiseled out to make room for the keeper, this is a weak spot where the jamb can easily split apart. Once again, you’ll need to replace the short screws with ones that reach through into the stud.
Now, the jamb and both sides of the door are attached to the frame and make a formidable barrier. That way you can enjoy your chocolate and fruit preserves in true comfort. If anyone asks why you’re going to such lengths, just hold up your shotgun and show them the door.
Survivalist Tip: Ah – we’ve now reached the critical one week point. So that reminds me of one more critical element in your arsenal of supplies: rope. Since prehistoric times, rope has been used for hunting, pulling, fastening, attaching, carrying, lifting and climbing. Every society on Earth has developed some version of rope. In the tumultuous aftermath, you may need to evacuate your home, and rope can secure essential belongings to your vehicle or donkey. You may have to climb over a hill, a mountain, or a pile of dead bodies. And, if anyone in your clan gets out of line, you can always tie them up with some of that rope until they settle down.
Survivalist Tip: Every good survivalist has a tent in their cache of supplies. You should, too, whether or not you plan to be on foot during the upheaval. A high quality tent is made of sturdy polyester fabric with a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) coating. PVC is the result of recycled paper, beer cans and skin removed from obese people – so you can be assured it’s great for the environment. That’s especially important when you realize the Mayan gods are already angered by the extreme waste in our society. A tent with PVC coating will stand up to most anything – rain, hail, wind, politicians – and will provide you with some level of security, as chaos surrounds you. And, while people are fighting off zombies and politicians, you can relax in your tent with some chocolate and beer!
Survivalist Tip: Whether you plan to head out on foot, or at some point, need to go hunting for your food, you must have some sturdy boots on hand – preferably more than one pair. They definitely must have thick soles, but they also should have alloy-enforced toe fronts, reach above your ankle and be water and fire resistant. Keep your fancy, over-priced designer footwear stored away. They’ll be useless in almost any situation when the apocalypse hits. Besides, with that alloy toe, you can easily disable anyone who tries to break into your home to steal water or fruit with a swift kick to the crotch or the butt. Trust me – I’ve done that when someone has tried to snatch a beer or burger from my hand at music festivals. Sturdy work boots just sort of command respect that way.
Survivalist Tip: You must have plenty of containers to hold water; preferably made of steel, but firm plastic ones will suffice. Containers for long-term water storage come in a variety of sizes – starting at 5 gallons. If you plan to stay at home, I recommend much larger ones. You can keep these vessels in your garage or house or even in your apartment. Making certain the water stays fresh and drinkable is an obvious concern, so that’s why you also need a battery-powered water purification system. The ancient Mayans developed sophisticated water storage and purification methods without the benefit of electricity, computers, or utility companies. Therefore, it’s critical that you learn to gather, ration and treat your own water. These items will ensure a stable environment for you and your family. And, once things settle down, don’t just throw away these containers! Any good survivalist knows they’re for long-term use. Besides, you can store excess chocolate and gold bullion in them.
Survivalist Tip: Some people will laugh at this, but you must have a bow and arrow amidst your cache of supplies. Humans have been utilizing bows and arrows for thousands of years – mostly for food, but also for self-defense and to frighten away mooching in-laws. Handling one takes some skill, but you can learn rather quickly. It also literally can be the difference between life and death. A nicely-shot arrow can take out someone trying to steal your food rations or water. But, it also can provide sustenance for you and your family; a large game animal doesn’t stand a chance against a strategically-fired arrow. And, neither will those lousy in-laws! Bows and arrows aren’t just for Cupid anymore.
Survivalist Tip: Whether or not you live near a coastline, river, large lake or a sewage plant, you must have some heavy-duty rain wear. You need sturdy attire made of firm yet malleable rubber. Heavy precipitation is expected when the apocalypse hits next week, and since it’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere, that means snow and ice for most of the region. Heavy rain gear includes hip waders, boots, ponchos, jackets and backpacks; all will help to keep out water and snow. There’s no worse feeling than trying to save your kids, pets, or bags of chocolate while soaked to the skin. Believe me – I’ve been there.