Dear Fellow Survivalist;
Surviving a major disaster, with the concurrent breakdown of society is probably one of the worst survival scenarios we can come up with. That’s why so much survival writing is focused on it. We, those who write about survival, really aren’t a bunch of pessimists; we just recognize that by preparing for the worst thing we can think of, we are also preparing for a number of lesser potential disasters.
But I have to confess, I get a bit concerned about what I read at times. One of my big concerns is that of time. When I look at the amount of work that it would take to survive such a major disaster, basically converting my home to a homestead and raising my own food, I wonder how it will all get done. Then when I see people talking about additional things, like keeping guards posted to warn of pending danger, I’m sure there aren’t enough hours in the day.
I’m a firm believer in finding the easiest way of doing anything. My garden is watered from underground soaker hoses and so are my fruit trees. That’s all on an automatic timer, so that I don’t have to remember. I’m working on setting up a chicken coop and as part of that I’m building automatic feeders and watering devices for my chickens. I don’t want to have to do one thing more than absolutely necessary, so that I can have the most possible time available for other things.
So when I look at the security of my home and defending it against possible attack, I want to find the easiest possible way of keeping watch, while still being ready to fight off an attack. Of course, to do that, I’ll need to have some advance warning, which means some sort of alarm.
That’s where I run into trouble. You see, most alarms require one of two things. They either require electricity, which we can’t count on having, or they require someone watching, which means two to three people tied up all the time, doing nothing more than watching. To me, that’s not a very effective use of manpower. My survival team isn’t all that big.
I even see problems with most of the mechanical perimeter alarms that people come up with. Using light sticks for alarms only works if someone is looking at them, checking to see if they are lit. The typical tripwire requires someone listening for the sound of the alarm, unless it happens to be hooked up to a hand grenade. Booby traps, left unattended, may very well get one of the neighbor kids, rather than bad guys attacking my home. So I’m not real thrilled with any of these options.
That leaves me with the oldest and best natural alarm system there is, my dogs. I’ve actually trained my dogs to be loud and bark at anything that comes near our home. Most people would consider that annoying, but I really don’t want anyone coming near my home, without me knowing it. I don’t care if it’s the mailman; I want to know that he has come.
For this reason, my dogs sleep indoors, where I can hear them. But I have both my front and back yards fenced in, so that they can be outdoors without escaping. That way, in a time of crisis, I can let them out to perform their duty of patrolling the perimeter of my property and guarding it.
Dogs fulfill a two-fold alarm purpose in that they not only can sound the alarm when something is happening, but they can also act as your first line of defense. Their natural tendency to protect their territory and their pack means that they are likely to attack any stranger with evil intent. I don’t know how they recognize that, but they do.
But be careful about this. You are liable for anything your dogs do. So if they end up biting that mailman, you’re the one in trouble. So if you’re going to use dogs as anything more than an alarm system, be sure to get them trained. You need to be able to control your dogs, so that you can call them off and they will obey.
But dogs aren’t the only natural alarm system there is. There are several other types of animals who are excellent natural alarms. Horses and donkeys are both very alert for intruders and other dangers, although donkeys are much more vocal about it than horses are. Another excellent alarm is guinea hens. They will raise a racket, any time anyone they don’t know comes around. They are also extremely easy to take care of and can provide a source of animal protein.
So you may want to consider making guinea hens part of your survival team. Free ranging on your property, they will be the best alarm system you could ever ask for. You don’t even have to buy them guns to carry on patrol.
Just don’t forget your gun. You never know when you’ll need it. That’s why I believe in keeping my powder dry and my survival gear close at hand.