Here is my perspective on apartment security if you live in an urban or suburban area.  There is none… If you have prepped supplies my suggestion they should be for minor natural disasters only.  People will be come refugees in a SHTF in urban areas and then they will be come locusts devouring every resource in their path because they were not prepared.  An apartment complex is only safe after all the residents have already gone.  If you are bugged in for 48 hours, I would give serious consideration to bugging out if there is no news of an improving situation.  And, honestly, your gut should tell you to bug out long before that 48 hour mark I mentioned.

I would give serious consideration to finding and turning up a Bug Out Location (BOL) for yourself, your girlfriend, and any family you both have.  If you do not already make sure your preps are portable so yourself and them safely to your BOL.

Have a plan to Bug out.  In Fact, have three + plans and routes to bug out.  My personal BOL to date is 110 miles from my suburban apartment.  It is a family member’s home.  I am considering one further out, and more remote than that to isolate myself from the “locusts” that will be devouring resources in their path as they go.  And, don’t think 110 miles is far for people to travel.  It’s not.  My plan is go Bug Out in my vehicle, but also know that if there is an NBC situation the roads may be blocked and the area quarantined.

Conversely, if you do bug in, the suggestion(s) about blacking out your windows is wise.  I would use low lighting solutions such as outdoor garden lighting that have the solar chargers.  I would store foods that do not need much heating (ala MREs) like canned soups, canned meats, dehydrated foods that can be reconstituted just by adding warm or hot waters.  Thick plastic sheeting over your windows and doors that is duct taped to the walls sealing your doors and windows from letting the food smells from seeping out your windows and doors.  Now that also presents a different issue of security.  You cannot see outside or have access to your windows and doors to see if anyone is coming for you.

The next thing I would do, (and I am doing this now), is I would look for other locals (in or outside your apartment complex) that you can group up with that are of the same mindset (prepper, survivalist, etc), but be careful who you choose and who you work with.  Some people may be motivated to know where you are and that you have preps vs. actually being part of a group that you can meetup with, practice skills, and learn from one another.  If I were in a suburban or urban area, I would create a group on Meetup.com.  I have actually joined a local Meetup group recently and have met a couple preppers that I am going to join forces with.  Beware the militia and government hater types.  These guys hate any party that gets elected and will drag you into a legal mess eventually that you certainly will want to avoid.

So, back to my point, I would look for a BOL, learn about permaculture, gardening, hydroponic gardening, keep your preps portable, get a good Bug Out Vehicle, cache some preps (use your common sense) and plan.

Here is my perspective on apartment security if you live in an urban or suburban area.  There is none… If you have prepped supplies my suggestion they should be for minor natural disasters only.  People will be come refugees in a SHTF in urban areas and then they will be come locusts devouring every resource in their path because they were not prepared.  An apartment complex is only safe after all the residents have already gone.  If you are bugged in for 48 hours, I would give serious consideration to bugging out if there is no news of an improving situation.  And, honestly, your gut should tell you to bug out long before that 48 hour mark I mentioned.

I would give serious consideration to finding and turning up a Bug Out Location (BOL) for yourself, your girlfriend, and any family you both have.  If you do not already make sure your preps are portable so yourself and them safely to your BOL.

Have a plan to Bug out.  In Fact, have three + plans and routes to bug out.  My personal BOL to date is 110 miles from my suburban apartment.  It is a family member’s home.  I am considering one further out, and more remote than that to isolate myself from the “locusts” that will be devouring resources in their path as they go.  And, don’t think 110 miles is far for people to travel.  It’s not.  My plan is go Bug Out in my vehicle, but also know that if there is an NBC situation the roads may be blocked and the area quarantined.

Conversely, if you do bug in, the suggestion(s) about blacking out your windows is wise.  I would use low lighting solutions such as outdoor garden lighting that have the solar chargers.  I would store foods that do not need much heating (ala MREs) like canned soups, canned meats, dehydrated foods that can be reconstituted just by adding warm or hot waters.  Thick plastic sheeting over your windows and doors that is duct taped to the walls sealing your doors and windows from letting the food smells from seeping out your windows and doors.  Now that also presents a different issue of security.  You cannot see outside or have access to your windows and doors to see if anyone is coming for you.
The next thing I would do, (and I am doing this now), is I would look for other locals (in or outside your apartment complex) that you can group up with that are of the same mindset (prepper, survivalist, etc), but be careful who you choose and who you work with.  Some people may be motivated to know where you are and that you have preps vs. actually being part of a group that you can meetup with, practice skills, and learn from one another.  If I were in a suburban or urban area, I would create a group on Meetup.com.  I have actually joined a local Meetup group recently and have met a couple preppers that I am going to join forces with.  Beware the militia and government hater types.  These guys hate any party that gets elected and will drag you into a legal mess eventually that you certainly will want to avoid.

So, back to my point, I would look for a BOL, learn about permaculture, gardening, hydroponic gardening, keep your preps portable, get a good Bug Out Vehicle, cache some preps (use your common sense) and plan.

Final note, this goes for those that live in Co-ops, row homes, and town homes as well.

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