Keeping Your Family Safe and Secure Calls for Prepper’s Home Defense

How are you set for home defense? Does your prepping strategy include security measures? When society collapses, will the desperate masses come for your food and prepping supplies?

Disaster readiness expert Jim Cobb shows you how to implement a complete plan for operational security and physical defense in Prepper’s Home Defense. He was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio to talk about it.

The Author

Jim Cobb has worked in the investigation and security fields for twenty years. He’s been a survivalist and prepper for most of his life.

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.

National magazines such as “Boys’ Life” have published his articles on preparedness. His material is online at

The Book

The book’s full title is Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary. It’s meant for a post-collapse world.

Some of his recommendations are illegal, and he tells you that. However, many of his tips can be put into practice now to keep your family safe and secure because they’re suitable for any time.

This is one 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 covered.

  • Basic Security Concepts
  • Operations Security
  • Perimeter Defense
  • Structure Hardening
  • Safe rooms
  • Secure Storage and Hidden Storage
  • Firearms
  • Other Weapons
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat
  • Guard Dogs
  • Communications
  • Mutual Aid Agreements
  • Children and Security
  • Bugging Out
  • excursions

At 223 pages, I’m amazed he packs in as much information as he does.

The Conversation

Jim was a well spoken, knowledgeable guest. We covered a lot of ground, but left plenty more for him to talk about on a future show.

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?

Find Out More

Get answers to the above questions and more when you listen to my interview with Jim Cobb on DestinySurvival Radio for December 13, 2012. Check out Jim’s site at

Get Prepper’s Home Defense by clicking on its title wherever you see it in this post.

Update: Search for Jim Cobb on this site to find other posts about conversations with Jim.

The Contests

It pays to listen to DestinySurvival Radio because you never know when I’ll throw in a bonus or two.

For listeners to the show, I gave away a LifeStraw personal water filtration system, courtesy of Anna from Silicon Valley, CA, was the winner.

I also gave readers a chance to win a copy of Jim’s book by commenting on this post.

Ten different people (not counting myself) left comments on this post during the contest. I used 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.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

17 thoughts on “Keeping Your Family Safe and Secure Calls for Prepper’s Home Defense”

  1. What a great gift for your subscribers! I am also a survivorweekly subscriber and both sites have great info.

  2. Seem like it will be a great resource. I will be checking it out some more and possibly adding it to my library.

  3. Please remember today’s tragedy in Sandy Hill. Are your children safe at school? Is homeschooling an option? There will be another outcry to abolish gun ownership in the United States, be ready for it. Guns do not kill people, people kill people. How could we have saved these children? Could the young man that did this have been kept from doing this horrible act? What pain was motivating him?

    1. Good reminder. Good questions. I’m a firm believer that taking care of matters at home is a key component of preparedness.

  4. Just found this web page link from BackDoor Survival web page. Looks like one of the better ones. “Keeping Your Family Safe” looks like a reference everyone can make good use of. If I don’t win I’ll buy it on my next Amazon order.

  5. Hello, my 2 cents worth is this: We have habituated ourselves to ALWAYS place the additional security bar which locks around doorknob and presses down to the floor. This greatly reduces the likelihood that some miscreant will kick the door in. Gives one more time to determine what measures to take. ANYTIME we are home, the door is double locked AND the bar is in place. ALL THE TIME………..

    Also, good pepper spray can be used to spray down a hallway as one heads for a more secure area.

    Recently found site from a youtube post concerning Geodesic domes which make great “endurance shelters”……

  6. Great site. I have had my wife get interested by introducing her to your articles and she has become a very competent prepper. Before she left all the security up to me, now she shares equal responsibility with me! I can never thank you enough!

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