Like in the previous post homes have their own unique advantages, disadvantages and challenges to deal with when you’re forced to wait out the collapse. Unlike an apartment or condo that is very similar to one another for their layout, no two houses are exactly the same. Even newer homes built in massive suburbs where only a few styles are built obtain their own characteristics after a couple years from renovations or landscaping. They can range in size from multi million dollar mansions on a hill to a tiny one room shack beside a swamp. Because of this no two homes will have the same exact same strategy for those who are staying in them to ride out the apocalypse.
Advantages And Disadvantages
Most houses have two major advantages. The first is that their either located outside of a cities downtown core, or not in a city at all such as homes located on farms for example. In the event of a nuclear attack, the distance from a city that’s a target will allow you to take cover from the blast and initial radiation. The other major advantage is that many homes have basements, this allows for extra food and supply storage as well as a shelter. While many apartment buildings have underground parking, you have to climb down many flights of stairs to get to them, most also require a key just to get in the stairwell which is something you may forget in a panic.
As for the disadvantages houses have a few big ones. For starters houses located in suburbs are going to be surrounded by other people, in the event of a pandemic you’re going to be right in the middle of it. Unlike an apartment that can be isolated from people by it’s height a house is stuck on the ground making it an easier target for looters, this is especially true of homes in rich neighbourhoods which will be a magnet for thieves. Your going to be up close and personnel to all the horrors that will happen during the initial collapse, even if your in the basement or attic your still going to hear what’s going on outside. You’re going to have easier access to your car to escape, but you’re still going to have to deal with all the major roads being clogged with abandoned cars and barricades.
Homes are also going to be harder to defend from hostiles, in an apartment building there is really only one way they can get in and that’s through the door of your suite. In a house there’s not only the front door, but the back door, windows, sliding glass door, basement windows, or even through a wall. Rather then trying to defend the entire house, have a fall back point in the strongest part of the house that you can defend from.
For food, water, and all other necessities a house will provide you with a huge amount of storage space, allowing you to stay for a few months easily. You’ll need that extra space considering most homes in suburbs are located some distance from major stores. This is especially true for homes in rural environments where the nearest store can be an hour or longer drive to get to. So with the usual supplies such as canned food and a first aid kit you should add gas as an item you’ll need to store. Unless you own an electric lawn mower you probably already have a few litres of gas in the garage or tool shed, of course if your vehicle uses diesel this won’t be much good for you unless your steal a car that runs on gas.