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looking for help with my B.O.L. concerns

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For several years myself and three other friends have made our bug out plans, however I have recently decided that some in my group have an inability to make or stick with plans and that has caused me to rethink all of my bug out plans for my family and I. With a wife and an 11 year old child I cannot afford to make plans that I can't count on.


I live in upstate South Carolina in a home inside city limits with just 1/4 acre of property, and due to finances I am left with very few options in the event of any EOTW scenario. Unfortunately I am left at the mercy of having to depend on others around me for a B.O.L.. Living just more than twenty miles from Charlotte, NC I know one thing for certain is that I absolutely cannot stay in my home.


I am fortunate to have a father In-law who has a modest lake home on Lake Wateree, SC just about an hour south of my home. Due to it's somewhat remote location, Lake Wateree for the most part has yet to see a gigantic population boom. It is a relatively small lake sourounded by miles of prime hunting land full of deer and wild turkey. His home is a 4 bedroom log cabin (great bullet stopper) with a basement that opens on the rear (lake side) of the home. The home sits in an elevated position over the lake, which I like for security reasons, as well as homes on both sides and a large (aprox. 150 acres) wooded area across the street.


here are some of the pros and cons of this location for me....



Plenty of room for everyone we plan to bring down.

log construction provides great protection from many firearms.

elevated position overlooking the lake.

seemingly and unlimited supply of water.

fish and game are plentiful (while it lasts)

good neighbors that we should be able to band together with (no idea if any are preparing)



Just 30 to 45 minute drive from Columbia, SC (the state capitol)

many who escape the city due to food / water shortages will flock to area rivers and lakes for obvious reasons. This is my prime concern. Can you actually defend a home on the lake.



I'm looking to see if anybody has any suggestions as to how to make this a safe B.O.L for my family.

Edited by able_archer

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i dont own a BOL location but if i were you i would also invest in sand bags to "bunker up" your home.

as to if you can defend it if the invading party is big enough you wont be able to defend it unless you have a small army yourself. clear as much brush away from your house as possible to eliminate cover to hide behind.board up your windows but leave firing slits. this may also make your home look abandoned and not worth raiding. strew some small junk around the yard to look as if its already been raided.

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(1) Find out what the people in that location think....knowledge is power.


(2) Consider thick plywood and long lag screws for window covers.....outdoor grade and let them weather so they will look like they have been there for years.


(3) Study the area...figure out travel routes that incoming people would likely use and then come up with a way to reroute them away from the area.


(4) Build some secure storage areas inside the house that are not visible at first glance.


(5) Never tell what you have available in food or weapons.

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If the house is made to look abandoned, wouldnt there be the concern that people would try to move into an "empty" house?


i supose its possible that you may get someone wanting to squat but knowing people today i would guess looters would be at the forefront of any group moving through your area.

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