So lets say that we do have a MAJOR -Straight out of Hollywood- SHTF Cities have burned to the ground because of riots 10-20% of the population is dead Millions of people are now nomadic and have to scrounge for food & water on a daily basis 60% of the remaining population is starving 38% of the remaining population is REALLY hungry 2% (like you) prepared and has lots of food and supplies. Your living in your home, or at your BOL You have a water source 200 yards away (across the road) You have a garden, and maybe some chickens/rabbits in the back yard 3-4 people in your home capable of using firearms So how do you protect yourself when you need to go outdoors: - to get water - to tend to the garden - to feed the chickens/rabbits - to let the dog out so he can pee Do you do a 360 check of the area before going out? Do you go out two at a time (1 to do the task, 1 to watch the other persons back) Only go out at night? How do you mitigate your exposure? Seem to me that it's a catch 22. You NEED to go outside, but by doing so, you place yourself at extreme risk. What if John Melvin Davis (Aka GunKid) is waiting to ambush you with his suppressed .22 at 600 yards But seriously, if someone observes your home for a few days, it wouldn't be to hard to set up an ambush, and you could find yourself in deep s*** very quickly! I'm not really sure what the right answer is. If you're fortunate enough to have like minded neighbors, I could see setting up some sort of security perimeter. But it seems to me that would take a large number of people. Ideas? Thoughts? PS: Regarding the dog. . I have a Yorkie (see avatar) so there is no way that he is going to be an "outside" dog. .