If and when the government declares martial law following a major disaster, it will always be under the pretense of safety and security for the general public.
What this really means is the government is going to cut off all the roads, suspend your Constitutional rights, spread propaganda, arrest those who resist or whoever they deem a threat, and set up military and law enforcement checkpoints all over town.
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Another major concern you may have to contend with during martial law is the government forcibly confiscating essentials such as food and water.
Why would the authorities want to do this? After all, don’t people need food and water to survive?
But that’s exactly it: by taking away your food, water, and other essentials, the government will make you fully dependent on them for your very existence. Bread and water lines will be created and, just like that, they will have you and everyone you know under their control.
And don’t think that the government will stop with food and water. You can also be sure that they will come after your weapons, ammunition, first aid items, pet food, money, and anything else that they decide you don’t need. All of it will be part of their effort to control the local population and minimize the odds of resistance.
There’s nothing you can do about the military or law enforcement coming to your door during martial law. And they’re going to take some things whether you like it or not.
But even though you’ll have to give up at least some of your supplies to satisfy the authorities, you don’t have to give up everything. Assuming you don’t want to be dependent on the food and water lines for your survival, hiding your survival supplies during martial law will be of the utmost importance.
Here are the top places to hide your survival supplies during martial law:
There is also a risk that the authorities will find your supplies hidden among your storage. But still, it’s worth a shot. If you have stacks of cardboard boxes filled with random items (documents, records, holiday decorations, etc.), then you can easily hide food, water, first aid supplies, and ammunition among all of it. Even if the authorities find some of it, if you hide it well then they may not find all of it.
Above The Door Frame
This won’t work for all doors, but it will work very well for doors in closets: secure a magnetic gun holder or safe above the door frame inside a closet. Then, you can attach firearms to the holder. It’s not likely that the searchers, in their haste to search as many houses as they can, will even think to look there.
Under The Floor
If your home has a crawl space, you could create a trap door in the floor. The authorities might think to look here, but if the door is well-hidden and blends into the surrounding floor, there’s a decent chance that they won’t notice.
Behind Air Vents
This one is easy. Just unscrew an air vent and put some food and supplies behind it. You could also create a false air vent and put supplies behind it. It’s unlikely that anyone would think to search for supplies there.
Under Floor Cabinets
No matter where you live, there is extra space beneath floor cabinets. All you have to do is remove the front panel and slide your supplies under the cabinets. Here’s a video showing how.
Inside Your Box Spring
Carefully cut through the fabric along the edge of the box spring, place supplies inside it, then reattach the fabric. Most burglars and authorities would never think to look inside a box spring.
In Furniture Cushions
This is a classic trick: cut open furniture cushions, hide your items in them, and then sew them back shut. Just be careful that you keep the sewn side of the cushions hidden and out of view.
In Fake Electrical Outlets
You’ll be able to hide small items in fake electrical outlets, such as wads of money or important documents. Here are some other things you can do to protect your supplies.
In The Cat Box
This may not sound very pleasant, but you can indeed hide items in your cat’s litter box (of course, you’ll need to own a cat for this to work). The idea is that you can wrap items in plastic bags and then store them underneath the litter. How would the authorities possibly think to look there?
To keep things more pleasant, consider having two cat boxes but only one cat box that you actually allow your cat to use. Keep the other box closed off from the cat so it won’t do its business in there (and potentially ruin whatever you have stored).
Buried In Your Backyard
This is probably the most obvious place to hide your supplies. While you may believe that burying your supplies in the backyard is a surefire way to make sure the authorities never find them, you may want to think twice.
If you think the authorities aren’t aware that people hide items by burying them in their backyard, you’re probably wrong. They may walk around your back and front lawn and look for any signs where the earth has been disturbed. They may also employ the use of metal detectors.
That being said, burying supplies in the backyard is still worth a shot. Just try to flatten the earth as best you can to hide it, and make use of food-grade plastics, pelican cases, metal ammo cans, or PVC pipes to hide them.
In A Survival Cache Away From Home
Another option, of course, would be to bury your supplies away from home. This is a common tactic used by preppers for bugging out: the idea is you can hide supplies en route to your bug out location so you can resupply along the way.
Of course, your mobility is going to be restricted by martial law, and you more than likely will not be allowed to leave the city. But still, it’s something to consider. Examples of places in town where you can hide items could include an abandoned building, a public park area, off the side of hiking trails not too far from town, and so on. Here’s a guide to survival caches and what to put in them.
In A Street Gutter
Are there street gutters in your neighborhood? If so, that could be a decent place to hide supplies as well. The obvious downside is you have to be careful your neighbors don’t spot you, so it’s risky (you can mitigate the risk by hiding and recollecting the supplies at night).
Of course, there are plenty of other hiding places. Really, the only limit is your imagination. You just have to change your mindset. Instead of looking for hiding places, look at things that aren’t hiding places and think about how to turn them into hiding places.
Here are some other articles with more ideas:
- 8 Secret Gun Safes You Can Hide Around The House
- 11 Places To Hide Your Guns Where Nobody Will See Them
- 12 Best Hiding Spots For Valuables In Your Home
- 17 Places You Can Hide Your Food Storage
There is more to protecting your survival supplies than simply hiding them. There are several other things you can do to throw authorities off the scent or convince them you don’t have anything worth taking. Here are a few ideas.
Get Some Decoys
If the authorities really do decide to confiscate guns, food, and other supplies during martial law, then when they come to your door they aren’t going to be satisfied until they take at least some items from you.
That’s why you need to have decoys set up to make them happy. Buy a really cheap gun or two that you are more than willing to give up, and have food and some other supplies that they will seize to make them happy before they move on to the next home.
When the authorities barge down your door and begin searching your house, here’s a trick you can use in conjunction with the above strategy of having decoys: act like you’re desperate.
So when they confiscate your decoy firearms, act desperate say things like, “How can you take those?! How am I supposed to protect my family now that I’m unarmed!?”
All the same, when they go after your food say the same sort of things: “How am I supposed to feed my family now?! That’s all we have and the stores are all closed down!”
Just be careful that you don’t make it obvious that you really have more. You really need to pull off the desperation in the tone of your voice.
Build Ghost Guns
Ghost guns have become a rather controversial topic in our political discourse because there’s simply no way of tracking them. But this is exactly why they will be of much value during martial law.
For example, did you know that if you buy aftermarket Glock parts (such as a Brownells slide with a Polymer 80 frame) and put them together, there are no serial numbers and you can have those parts shipped directly to your home without going through an FFL dealer? There’s simply no remote way that the government could track that. You can do similar things with other types of firearms such as AR-15’s as well.
Report That Your Items Were Stolen
You can also report that many of your items were already stolen by burglars and looters, or taken by the authorities previously. If the authorities have a registry of firearms owners in the area and know exactly which guns you own (they knew this information about gun owners during Hurricane Katrina back in 2005), then you can report your firearms stolen to the authorities right before martial law has taken place.
There are many more places you can turn to in order to hide your valuable possessions during martial law. All you have to do is unlock the creative side of your brain. But the authorities will be likely to overlook most of the above places and ideas, so those will be a good place to start.
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