5 Concrete Steps To Defend Your Home In A Grid Down Disaster

Guest Post by Sam Bocetta

How would you defend your home in a grid down disaster?

Have you ever once asked yourself that question?

Think about it this way: if and when the grid goes down, desperate marauders and raiding parties are going to be taking to the streets and preying on the innocent for supplies.

This is why that you must be prepared for the strong possibility that your home will come under attack by an armed and organized force hellbent on seizing your property and your supplies.

With that in mind, here are five concrete steps to defend your home in a grid down disaster:

Step #1 – Have The Right Defensive Weapons

First and foremost, you need to have the right weapons with which to defend your home. This is because without defensive weapons, defending your home is going to be extraordinarily difficult, especially if the intruders are also armed.

The three most important defensive weapons for you to have in your arsenal for a grid down disaster will consist of each of the following:

  • 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol (such as the Glock 19)
  • 12 Gauge Shotgun (such as the Mossberg 500)
  • 5.56 Semi-Automatic Rifle (such as the AR-15)

Possessing each of the above types of weapons together will make it much easier for you to defend your home.

Step #2 – Beef Up The Doors and Windows First

The doors and windows represent the most obvious entry points into your home, and therefore they will need to be beefed up first.

As they currently stand, your doors will most likely be easy for a determined attacker to break down with little more than a rifle stock or an axe or a sledgehammer. At the very least, you should replace all locks and hinges with heavy duty versions, and if you want to take things a step further, you can replace the actual wooden door itself with a metal door (at least for the doors heading outside).

As for the windows, glass windows are incredibly easy to break down, so you’ll want to replace them with acrylic glass. Acrylic glass looks very similar to normal glass, but also requires much more force to break through. It’s not invincible, but it’s going to give any attackers or home intruders a much more difficult time at breaking in.

Step #3 – Invest In Sandbags

The reason sandbags are an important defensive component is because they are very effective at absorbing incoming ammunition. You can store the sand and the bags separately and then get them set up once the grid down disaster has occurred.

The best places to set up the sandbags will be behind the doors and windows because these are the places where the attacking force is the most likely to concentrate most of their fire.

Take note that besides being used to stop bullets, you can also use sandbags to help prevent flooding as well.

Step #4 – Build A Defensive Perimeter

Your number one goal when defending your house during a grid down disaster should be to keep any attackers outside of the home at all times. Once they break into your house, the odds have just shifted against you significantly.

How can you ensure this? Simple: you need to build a defensive perimeter to create as much space between the attacking force and the house as possible.

The most effective kind of defensive perimeter that you could construct for your house would be a simple barbed wire fences. You can either wrap barbed wire around an existing fence, or you can drive stakes in the ground and then spread barbed wire between them.

Step #5 – Have An Escape Plan

Last but not least, you also need to be prepared for the possibility that the attack could be too overwhelming, forcing you and your family to have to evacuate.

In this case, determine what your escape plan will be and what your destination will be as well (a friend or family’s house, with their permission, may be the best choice).

Alternatively, you may elect to have a safe room somewhere in your home as well where you can hopefully hide from the intruders while they seize what they want from their house. If so, this safe room will need to be well hidden, have enough room for every member in your family to sleep, and also have at least a three day’s supply of food, water, and medicine.


Security and defending your house will be of paramount importance in any disaster situation. By following the five steps that we have covered here today, however, you’ll be much more ready for any attack that could befall your house over most if not all of your fellow neighbors.



Sam Bocetta is a former naval defense analyst and current freelance journalist specializing in writing about disaster preparation, self-defense, firearms, tech, cybercrime, and cryptography.

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