How Well You Can Survive, Amidst Looting, Violence And The Desperation Of The Under- Or Completely Unprepared, Will Depend On Your Own Good Sense And Your Ability To Prepare Ahead Of Time

How Well You Can Survive, Amidst Looting, Violence And The Desperation Of The Under- Or Completely Unprepared, Will Depend On Your Own Good Sense And Your Ability To Prepare Ahead Of Time

Whether you’re unsure of how to plan for a bug out situation because you don’t know where you would bug out to, or you simply prefer the idea of battening down the hatches in your current dwelling to weather whatever catastrophe may strike, urban survival and bugging in are two important topics that are quite worthy of consideration. Most people now live in developed suburban and urban areas rather than out in the countryside, so in the event of an emergency, many people are going to find themselves trying to survive in the concrete jungle.

How well you can survive, amidst looting, violence and the desperation of the under- or completely unprepared, will depend on your own good sense and your ability to prepare ahead of time. Aside from stocking up on basic supplies like food and water, you don’t have to spend a fortune to prepare yourself for urban survival or bugging in, either.

First and foremost, one of the most important things to consider is self-defense for yourself and your loved ones. If an emergency crops up or a disaster strikes, law enforcement will likely be overwhelmed or possibly disbanded entirely, leaving civilians vulnerable to criminals. Those who are clearly well prepared become immediate targets of the unprepared.

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To mitigate your risk of being targeted there are some very good things you can do (please note that these are basic guidelines, which can and should be adapted to the specifics of your circumstances and the emergency or disaster that has occurred):

  • Identify local resources ahead of time, including water alternative water sources for if / when the taps run dry. A reliable water source and method of purification is critical not only to basic survival but also to maintaining any semblance of cleanliness and proper hygiene, which is in turn necessary to avoid the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Avoid detection by boarding over the windows, keeping lights off at night (don’t underestimate the pitch black of a night without urban light pollution; your lights will stand out and draw attention to you, so keep them off) and entering or exiting your home from a discreet location or when no one is around.

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  • Secure your home or dwelling as well as you can, without being too obvious and drawing attention from the exterior. Additional reinforcement at doors (if not to stop then at least to slow intruders) such as door jammers or barricades, chain locks, and additional bolts can all make entries and exits more secure. If it is within your means to do so, you can also use the Russian method of a double door; the front door of an entry point is a heavy, solid metal door with multiple bolts and chain locks, followed by a secondary door of heavy, solid wood with a peephole or viewing hole, additional chain locks, bolts, etc. If you’ve ever seen a traditional Russian tenement, you know what this looks like.
  • Whenever possible, try to cultivate a closer and more unified community amongst your neighbors ahead of time. If SHTF and you’re prepared but no one else on your street is, you may find yourself having to hide from or deceive the people you live alongside. Alternatively, your needy neighbors may end up targeting you in their desperation. A closer and better-developed community are especially necessary for the event of any long-term survival situation that may arise following a serious collapse or disaster.
  • Maintain an unattractive appearance to your house; while many people may be inclined to erect a veritable fortress around their house, this is more apt to draw attention to your location; a house that looks guarded and well stocked is an attractive target to roaming gangs who will probably outnumber and/or outgun you eventually. By comparison, a house that doesn’t look like much, is overgrown in the yard, and has every appearance of having already been ransacked a time or two, is far less likely to attract attention.

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Now, in terms of your food and water, when you’re planning on bugging in you are at something of an advantage. Bugging in has its disadvantages, too, but if you have the room for food storage, you can eat like a proverbial king while bugging in.

Compared to bugging out, when every ounce of weight in your pack matters and canned food is a heavy luxury item, if you’ve got an empty pantry to fill, canned foods offer a great, economical investment in tasty, quality food that will generally last 3 – 5 years or longer. Compare that to an MRE (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) or some astronaut food.

Also, avoid burning your dwelling down; keep a few fire extinguishers stored for use in case of an emergency and practice safe cooking rules when using fire at any time. Lighting fires inside your home or using a grill is not recommended; if you don’t have a fireplace, don’t light fires inside, period. Likewise, don’t leave anything cooking unattended and if you ever try to dispose of trash or yard debris by burning it be extremely careful.

Finally, a well-packed urban survival bag (also sometimes called a get home bag) can be invaluable in case of an emergency that strikes while you’re away from home. Packed with slightly different supplies than a standard bug out bag, an urban survival bag is designed to help you survive an emergency long enough to travel from your current location to your home or to another suitable location you intend to bug out from.

Items commonly packed in an urban survival bag include:

  • A basic emergency first aid kit
  • Fine particle masks (or possibly a gas mask)
  • A window punch (for use escaping from a vehicle or building when glass obstructs you)
  • A crowbar
  • Potentially a small quantity of cash
  • A pair of sturdy shoes (and possibly socks) esp. for women who wear heels regularly
  • Sunglasses, a handkerchief or bandana, and;
  • Some water and/or snacks for the trip home, it might be a long walk

 

You’ll probably also want a flashlight with spare batteries, a small, portable radio, and a thermal blanket and/or warm jacket, depending on the climate you live in. You might want coins for operating a payphone, and if you rely on your cell phone for important numbers then write down those numbers in an address book and toss it in your emergency bag just in case.

For long-term urban survival following a bug in, there are several additional points to take into consideration, but to get into everything here would go beyond the scope of this article.

Suffice to say, for long-term urban survival following a crisis, emergency or other collapses, there would be concerns with trash, vermin and rodents, as well as sanitation, human waste removal, medical care, new food production, guard duties and additional security, and keeping yourself healthy.

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    Nam Marine 10 months

    Maybe………….just maybe, we are NOT supposed to survive? After all, If I were GOD, I would be VERY disappointed in man. Man is a sinful creature at best !

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      Jerry 10 months

      Man without Jesus.

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      John Paul Jones 10 months

      Well said
      Thank you for your service

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      JRMcClain 10 months

      ARMY VETERAN says: I agree Nam Marine. Maybe we are not supposed to survive. I have had this realization for a long time. I am prepping my tail end off and still not ready. No way I can be. But I am not quitting either. I have often asked The Father why would he want to save us ? We are special to him is the answer he gives me every time. GOD bless you and yours!

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    Tony 10 months

    I think the “Book” says some of us survive. But I don’t think we need anything from our worldly existence.

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    mic 10 months

    You can and should have fire extinguishers and practice fire safety. However you can not control what other people do.
    Most people talk about looters being a problem. But the real problem will be rioters setting fires, arsonists, pyromaniacs and people who are careless when using fire, candles or cooking.
    Cities without operational fire depts or water pressure in fire hydrants will be subject to raging, uncontrollable fires. Most homes are built to close together to prevent fire from spreading building to building. Only firemen and their equipment and operational fire hydrants make this a safe and tolerable situation.
    Unrestrained fire in a city, much like wild fires, can destroy everything in their path. Anyone familiar with the speed and destructive power of wild fires, will understand this point.
    Escaping the fire will a dangerous proposition, as you could become trapped in the city with no one to rescue you. In WW2 in Hamburg and Dresden Germany, thousands died as a result of the fire storm that engulfed the cities. The heat and the smoke claimed most of the victims, not just the fire itself. Now this was caused by fire bombing tactics. But under the right conditions in a SHTF scenario, something very similar may occur. The probability of destructive fires increases with time as abandoned buildings, garbage and abandoned vehicles become more prevalent. So you really need an escape plan, in case the city burns.
    Then there is the question, what you will do when all your preps are burnt up? Even if you survive that will be another problem. So a cache of supplies, located outside the city is a good part of this plan.

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    Land Air Sea (Retired) 10 months

    When one knows not how in hell to deal with it, no fault of your, it’s a testing of your will to learn & live.

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    Forearmed 10 months

    What most people are not prepared for is having a stack of corpses in their front yard from a failed effort to rob your home and steal whatever you have. We must also have a way to dispose of those dead bodies when we are protecting our homes, because when they start to decompose it will draw attention.
    You see, just protecting your home brings a whole new set of problems when you must take out the bandidos. Yes, you could bury them, but most city properties are not large enough for a multi person graveyard.

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