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The Valley, May 2014



Greetings Valley readers! Just to let those of you new to this fine paper that most of my articles pertain to emergency preparedness and dealing with the aftermath of a possible economic collapse and so, after a brief hiatus, I’d like to wrap up my series on WROL Homestead Security and discuss a few measures that can be implemented to deal with potential security threats from the four categories of potential aggressors that I mentioned in parts 1 and 2 of WROL Homestead Security. Now many of you who aren’t familiar with the acronym WROL are probably scratching your head trying to figure out what I am talking about, let alone trying to pronounce it. WROL simply stands for Without Rule Of Law.

A WROL situation isn’t a pleasant one. It is one without the protection of the police and where lawlessness and chaos abound. It is where all security and protection for yourself, property, and family fall into your own hands. Now, like I discussed in the previous two articles, the categories of potential aggressors could include: naysaying family/friends who mocked your emergency preparedness efforts and are now facing desperation, roving bands of looters, government agents looking to confiscate supplies, and the last group consists of those folks who are on some form of psychotic prescription medication and who in a societal breakdown or WROL situation, would suddenly be cut off from these needed

medications. I also discussed the three different “rings” of perimeter security that are often referred to by the experts. These “rings” consist of what I referred to as the personal, intimate, and distant perimeter rings. I gave you suggestions on how to “harden” or secure your home from intruders. This is what I referred to as the personal ring. I’ll combine in this article the two outer rings because the ideas I’m about to suggest could be implemented in both. The area covered by these two outer rings includes the outside walls of your home and beyond. For urban dwellers, this could mean less than an acre to secure, but for those lucky enough to live in a rural setting, this could mean hav-

ing the task of possibly securing many acres of property. Setting up a defensive perimeter that consists of a large area would be difficult, but it can be done. Creating a mutual aid agreement with neighbors would allow you to cover a large area, but security measures in a worst case scenario would have to include armed patrols, listening/observation posts, and supply caches. And perhaps more importantly, the knowledge to safely implement such measures. Area-deniers (ADs) are another key element to consider when setting up your homestead defensive perimeter. These ADs could include structures or devices, landscaping, and natural formations. Structures and devices to consider could include the ordinary like fences and gates to the extreme anti-personnel devices such as caltrops (see the Aug2013 issue of the Valley on how to make your own), or barbed wire traps that would definitely make someone think twice. Landscaping considerations could include bushes and trees like the Pyracantha and Barberry plants, for example. Both of which have flesh-shredding thorns. The idea here is to not only deny entry to certain areas, but to also slow down any unfriendly advance and

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to force intruders into your line of sight and line of fire. Remember, the situation we are discussing is a WROL situation—a post-SHTF collapse of society. Doomsday if you will. All measures of security must be considered and implemented wherever possible. Early warning systems are also imperative in your security preparations. Tripwires connected to noise makers, flares, or rigged to a silent alarm will allow you to keep the element of surprise. I would also place man’s best friend in this category. Preferably a large one—or two. Obviously firearms and the training on how to properly use them will be an absolute necessity in a WROL situation. Selecting the proper weapon to engage targets at long range, medium range, and close range should be considered. Remember, firearms are tools and that there are certain tools for certain tasks. One last thing to consider is what is often referred to in the military as OPSEC or OPerational SECurity. Keeping a low profile now could possibly allow you to avoid a difficult situation in the future so use extreme discretion when discussing your emergency preparedness plans and supplies. Until next time, stay safe and prep on. a

May 2014 the valley new online  
May 2014 the valley new online  

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