Op Sec for Women on the Homestead

Ladies, how safe are you on your homestead? These days you can’t be too careful, even in a quiet rural setting.

“Backwoods Home Magazine” for September/October 2013 (Issue #143) includes an article concerning what I’d describe as Op Sec for women on the homestead. Op Sec in a nutshell is about staying safe and protecting your privacy.

In her article Donna Insco shares helpful insights under headings like…

  • Make your place an unattractive target
  • Keep dogs
  • Stay out of feuds
  • Be armed
  • Talk to your kids
  • About men

An excerpt of the article follows. Click the link below it to read the whole thing.

Homestead security for women

By Donna Insco

In these tough economic times, many women are finding themselves alone for long hours on the homestead. As local jobs disappear, the major breadwinner may take a job with a long commute, leaving the wife and kids to run the farm. I know several farm women whose husbands are long distance truckers, and another has a husband in the military. Some women have found their place in the country and are starting out alone; others have lost their husbands due to death or divorce. In these instances, the women must provide security for the homestead.

If you find yourself in this position, have a stern talk with yourself. Are you up to the challenge? Most women depend on a man to keep them safe, and our society encourages this by viewing women alone as prey. We expect a boyfriend or a husband to make sure that the wolf stays far from the door. I tell my own sons that it is part of a man’s job to protect the women in his life.

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
http://www.backwoodshome.com (541)247-8900.


For basic tips on Op Sec for preppers, get a copy of Preppers, Personal Privacy and OP SEC.

Think survival. And by all means stay safe.


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.