Keep Your Home Safe If You Must Flee To Safety
April 11, 2013 by Bob Livingston
If you plan to flee and you have time, consider preparing your home to make it as looter-proof as possible before you leave.
Youâ€™ve probably seen video or photographs of homes along the coast being prepared for the onslaught of a hurricane. Keep this visual in mind as you begin to make your home looter-proof.
Plywood over the windows and doors will confound most looters, because the riots that fuel the looting are generally somewhat spontaneous. Itâ€™s difficult to remove plywood covers without the proper tools, and the odds are against looters carrying pry bars, hammers and screwdrivers when a riot breaks out. Donâ€™t forget to cover skylights and other soft points as well.
If you have a large screened or glassed-in porch, the best bet is to secure the small door that allows access to the home and sacrifice the glass or screen on the porch.
Garage doors can be problematic to cover. If you have a metal garage door, you probably should just trust it to keep out looters. A wooden door can be breached with a swift kick to one of the panels. Cover each of the panels with plywood as if they were glass.
The plywood you use should be at least 3/8 inch thick. Any less, and you may as well have no protection at all. Use screws to secure the wood. The screws should be 1.5 inches to 2 inches long.