A very good question and point. My best possible answer is this: Have a number of places. Sounds awful, and expensive. Probably true. But, stop and consider this for a moment.
What if you built a low cost kind of bunker, from something like an inverted shipping container (inverted because the floor is the strongest part of the container). Stocked it with supplies for a month or two, and just used basic folding and wall mounted beds with minimal mattress. Not the ritz to be sure, but then have a second one, and even a third one that are all camouflaged and very difficult to find. Theory says that if the gomers find the first one, you take the escape tunnel out, and collapse it behind you and get to bug-out place #2. etc. etc. etc....
The whole purpose of the exercise is to survive. Let the gomers have the first one, and if you really want to plan it out, booby trap it with HE and blow the shit out of them once they eat your food and drink your wine. Problem solved. Anyone else who comes around finds a smoking hole and sees nothing left to pilfer, losses interest and goes away.
Just my thoughts. We were trained to do similar when vacating an established Fire Base. We even did that in the field with claymores and C4 if we knew the shit was gonna hit hard. Only had to do it once. We mopped up 45 min later.
End of ramblings and fantasies....
Originally Posted by FyredUp
My question about prepping has always been the one of defense. Let's say you do have years of food stored up, a great garden planted and livestock...what happens when the roving bands of armed thugs come along? Unless you live in a bunker, with gun ports that can be sealed off from the outside world how do you stop dozens or even hundreds who come at you to kill you and take what you have?
Simple logic says that if they put you under siege and keep attacking you, or burn you out of your home, they will win eventually. Even the most heavily armed will not be able to hold out forever. Frankly one LAWS or RPG or tank or even a well placed Molotov cocktail will end the idea of protecting the homestead. So help me out here...what is the plan to defend the homestead? What if circumstances make bugging out impractical or impossible? Believe me I see this as the one chink in my prepping suit of armor.