A Doomsday Preppers Guide to Self-Defense Following a Disaster

by Michael

Disasters pose a series of problems for individuals and communities and one of the concerns that needs to be a priority for any family or individual is personal protection in the days after. As a crisis extends, people will become more and more desperate and will turn to looting and violence. A classic example was the looting and violence that took place following Hurricane Katrina. There were even examples of law enforcement officers participating in the looting. If you simply believe nothing will happen to you in a disaster, you will never prepare and will be beset by the sudden and overwhelming violence in the days after a disaster.

Self-Defense Classes

Make plans to attend a self-defense class at least three times a year, so you can get the feel for extreme physical contact. Trainers know how to simulate real world situations and you will overcome your hesitation to inflict harm upon someone who is a threat. Self-Defense skills must encompass you and your family as well as, your property as a whole. Avoiding confrontation is always the best option and to do so you must project confidence and show that you are ready. Criminals look for the easy targets, people who appear unaware or unprepared. The only way to project confidence is by being prepared and by having certain skills and knowledge.

Be Cautious In Who You Trust

Being prepared is important but having a large stockpile of emergency supplies can make you a target and not necessarily a target for looters. Neighbors, friends and desperate strangers may feel they have to do what is necessary to provide for their families and in times of a crisis, some may turn to violence so building self-defense skills is part of disaster preparation.

Avoid advertising you have a stockpile of supplies. Some people may believe it is their duty to inform others and to help others prepare and/or to convince others to prepare. However, you must be aware that so-called friends and neighbors will be under a great deal of stress. Survival sometimes is simply a matter of who is properly prepared and has developed some self-defense skills.

A Good Defense is A Good Offense

Before you begin however, you must know the environment you are defending; a good offense plays a role in any self-defense situation. You must have situational awareness, and this is of particular importance if you live in an urban area. Know what is around you and map out various escape routes, keeping in mind some may not be available during the disaster, so have a backup route, and always assume you will be on foot.

Inspect your dwelling and acquire materials such as plywood sheets and two by fours to cover/conceal windows and certain doorways. Your objective is to make it as difficult as possible for an intruder to gain entry. Unless you are specifically targeted once, an intruder realizes the difficulty in gaining entry they may very well move on.

Stay Fit to Survive

Practice a healthy lifestyle because once in a survival situation you will be performing physical tasks that you may not be accustomed to because you will not have the benefit of modern conveniences. You must be fit to defend yourself.

Self Defense Tools

You should have personal protection devices and know how to use them such as firearms, stun batons, stun guns (stun guns require close physical contact for use), mace and pepper spray. Stun batons can in some cases, extend up to 48 inches. You want to prevent anyone from making physical contact, so having a stun baton extended will prevent someone from making contact.

What steps are you taking to better defend yourself in a disaster?


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian Pride October 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

It’s pretty scary to think how people will behave in times of desperation, and sadly “every man for himself” is very true. I totally agree on being extra cautious of who you put your faith and trust in. Well, you shouldn’t be going around boasting about how well-prepared you are for doomsday anyway.


Justin October 30, 2012 at 10:02 am

Although it’s kind of ironic how most people laugh at the idea of preparing for doomsday, it never hurts to be extra cautious. I’m afraid that when a long-term disaster strikes it will reveal that society full of hypocritical, superficial people who will disregard all their friendships to meet their immediate basic needs for food, water and shelter.


Gibbs October 31, 2012 at 5:03 am

It’s good to go for some martial arts training to gain experience and the real feel to life-threatening situations. Most people merely learn them somewhere, be it on TV or Internet, and not practise them at all thinking that they have the knowledge to execute self-defence.


Roger January 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

gat31Hey l like that you got hand sanitizer, bsaucee you don’t need water. Something else you might consider is baby wipes. You can get the refill packs fairly cheap at the big warehouse stores and they have a plethora of uses as well. If hot running water is not available, a pack of wipes in the back car window to get warm will work to help clean daily grime from the body. Agreed that soap will be a good barter item too. You might want to consider cutting them in half if you need to barter them though. Hotel soaps are good for this as well. Don’t forget toothpaste and deodorant. You can get cheaper brands from the dollar stores and sometimes they will take coupons if it’s a name brand which can put them to practically free.Ever see the movie The Book of Eli ? Hand towels and work gloves were valuable as well as shampoo and soap. I’ve almost gotten to the point where l hate to throw out anything bsaucee it might be treasure again one day Now as far as the community, l think it would be nice and useful if my neighbors were awake and prepping, however, doesn’t look good from where l sit.I was in Arcadia when hurricane Charlie hit there and was very glad to see how the community got together to help one another clear roads, remove limbs from roads and yards, (and roofs) there wasn’t any looting or stealing just people getting together with grills and food trying to feed one another until the national guard arrived. It was amazing to see people working together like that.Now would that happen in a bigger city of over 100,000 people? Probably not. I think the best you can hope for is to get one or two allies to help watch your back.l actually have 5 people connected to my fence line and only one has a vegetable garden, one only speaks spanish which l do not, 2 l’ve never met and the last couple is elderly so l would feel it necessary to help them out.One thing l’m doing though is the parking lot where l work has the area of landscaping but it has all gone to sand so l plan to clear it out, put in good dirt and set up a mini garden. Maybe try to resurrect the victory garden mentality and get other people to see how even though it’s only 6 feet by 6 feet it can produce food. If l can get it to work, l plan to go to several of the businesses in town and do similar projects. Think you could get boy/girl scouts involved in that or maybe the ag department at the high school?Anyways good luck in the prepping love the site.gat


Veronica October 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I always force my family to stay fit with a healthy diet, and to work out with me at least twice a week. I just didn’t expect to see the importance of staying fit to be listed in the top priority of doomsday preparation!


KC November 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I do very much agree with the good defense suggestion. Be able to secure your environment as much as possible. The smaller the space you have to defend, the better chance you have. While I do think CQB skills are good, remember there is always going to be someone better or more of them. Firearms are the best self defense weapons. If things get bad, people will be willing to kill for what you have. Become comfortable with shooting. One of the best readily available guns is a Mossberg 500 pump shotgun. They come with a short barrel and are very simple to use. They are extremely effective in close range situations and are very affordable. The more options you have, the better chance you will survive.


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