Disaster readiness expert Jim Cobb shows you how to implement a complete plan for operational security and physical defense in his book Prepper’s Home Defense. He was my guest yesterday on DestinySurvival Radio to talk about it.
The bio in his book says he lives in the upper Midwest. So he’s not giving away secrets about his exact location. But wherever that is, he’s with his wife and three kids, which he describes as adolescent weapons of mass destruction.
This book is one that’s worth having in your survival library. Each chapter could be a book in itself. The appendices at the end contain resource lists on further reading and where to find prepping supplies.
Here are the topics he covers.
- Basic Security Concepts
- Operations Security
- Perimeter Defense
- Structure Hardening
- Safe rooms
- Secure Storage and Hidden Storage
- Other Weapons
- Hand-to-Hand Combat
- Guard Dogs
- Mutual Aid Agreements
- Children and Security
- Bugging Out
It’s Jim’s goal to inform people about the many pieces to the security puzzle. It’s not just about having firearms and ammunition. You don’t have to have a military background. And you don’t have to have a lot of money.
Jim explained the strategy to deter, delay and defend. Deter a threat by not giving anyone reason to think you’re a target. Delay by slowing down the bad guys enough so you can take action. That makes you better positioned to defend yourself.
One of the topics relevant to today, before a collapse, is structure hardening. Will your doors withstand an attempted break in?
For OP SEC, are you practicing discretion and not drawing undue attention to yourself? Are you introducing others to prepping so there will be fewer people pounding on your door when things fall apart?
Should you have a safe room? Do you have food storage and other prepping supplies first?
If you’re new to firearms or have little experience, should you get a revolver or pistol? Do you really have to have a big caliber firearm?
What weapons or tactics aren’t effective? Isn’t it better to have weapons you have experience with?
Are you practicing situational awareness? Or are you missing clues that could allow someone to attack you?
Which breed of dog makes a good family guard dog? Is a mutt from the pound suitable?
Should you tell your children that your prepping is secret or private? What should you tell your children to do if they get lost?
How do you connect with other preppers? Could there be more of them out there than you realize?
Get a copy of Jim’s book by clicking on its title wherever you see it in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured at Barnes & Noble. By the way, it’s a DestinySurvival Pick.
I gave away a LifeStraw personal water filtration system, courtesy of EarthEasy.com. Knowing most of my listeners hear the podcast rather than the live show, I was looking for the first person who sent me an e-mail before the 19th with “LifeStraw” in the subject line. I made this giveaway as simple as possible because I’ve had trouble with contests announced during my show.
This time things were different, and I had a winner right away. She’s Anna from Silicon Valley, CA, who e-mailed me while the show was still airing live. I discovered her entry when I finished the show.
I gave readers a chance to win a prize, too. Between December 14th and the 19th, anyone who left a comment on this post was entered to win a copy of Prepper’s Home Defense. My first winner didn’t claim her prize, so I reopened the contest until December 30th.
Here’s how I picked the winner. Ten different people (not counting myself) left comments on this post during the contest. I used www.random.org to generate a random number from 1 through 10 The number generator kicked out 2.
Angel B. was the second person to leave a comment, so she wins the book. Congratulations Angel.
My thanks to everyone who entered the contest.
My thanks to Ulysses Press for making the book available to give to you. I’m grateful they put me in touch with Jim Cobb as well. He’ll be on DestinySurvival Radio again in a few weeks, and we’ll talk more about Prepper’s Home Defense and related things.
You’re invited to leave a comment, even though the contest is over now. Any thoughts on what you’ve read in this post? How about something you heard on the show?