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Shelter Safety: Protecting Your Home

Shelter Safety: Protecting Your Home

OCOKA is a military acronym that stands for Observation, Concealment, Obstacles, Key Terrain and Avenues of Approach. Those serious about protecting their families and homes during a potential martial law scenario will learn the methods and means behind this strategy. The following shelter safety tips will help get you started.

Pay Attention to the Dog

It’s not uncommon for the family to be sitting around watching TV when the dog suddenly starts growling and yipping. That’s because a dog’s sense of hearing is far superior to that of their human masters. Dr. Bruce Fogle, author of the “The Dog’s Mind,” says a dog’s ears can absorb sound waves at speeds upward of 40,000 cycles per seconds, or about 40 kHz. Other scientists put this number as high as 60 kHz. Human ears have a maximum absorption rate of 20 kHz. This means dogs can hear higher-pitched noises and can detect sound from much greater distances than humans. A dog can naturally serve as an early warning alarm when intruders are roaming the perimeter.

Get a Clear View

A well-prepared family will be able to see everything within five miles of their home. A hunting treestand is the perfect lookout point for your human family members to observe the area each morning for any suspicious changes. For those who need a little education before feeling comfortable using one, most hunter safety courses cover treestand safety.

Booby Traps

You never know who or what might try to enter your home when basic civilization is no longer functional. Booby traps around your home create obstacles that may save you from unsavory individuals. There are several Youtube videos that show how to set up trip wire around the perimeter.

Dig pits deep enough so an average human cannot reach the top with their outstretched arms. Then cover the holes with straw and foliage to conceal them. Consider buying a few bear traps as well. Even if they don’t snag the potentially dangerous intruder, it will likely scare them into not approaching any closer.

Practice And Plan Duties

Each family member should have specific daily duties to complete and report back. One person should check all booby traps each morning. Another should be the designated lookout individual for a few minutes per day with binoculars from the treestand or roof.

A disaster plan and escape route should also be practiced. For instance, if the family is somehow separated during a crisis, there should be a designated meeting place in case the house becomes inaccessible. The safe zone should be at least a couple miles from the house and stocked with nonperishable food and water, preferably underground in a hole.

In addition to the bug-out plan, the bug-in plan should also be rehearsed in case it becomes apparent that leaving the home for any reason would be detrimental to your lives.


The first thing you’re going to run out of when the SHTF is bullets. Learning how to reload and make your own bullets has several benefits beyond the obvious. Certain calibers, such as .40 or .223, are either hard to find or overpriced due to current shortages and of course, the federal government stockpiling them.

For less than $1,000, you can set yourself up to make bullets indefinitely. But it’s best to take a course on reloading before attempting to do so. The NRA website lists several options for reloading classes based on your location. Keep in mind, due to shortages of various ammunition calibers, gun powder and other reloading equipment is also scarce. Once you get your hands on it, make certain to practice all safety precautions when storing large amounts of gun powder as well. You could eventually use your homemade ammo as a commodity for trade when/if the currency system no longer controls the market.

Your home will become your castle when civilization ultimately falls. Those who have prepared and practiced for this SHTF scenario will have the best chances of survival.

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