Urban Survival – Disaster Preparedness
Emergency Survival Preparedness
For some people, urban survival is the scariest form of emergency survival preparedness, because you are not just facing the quiet isolation of the mountains, the desert or forest, you’re facing what could possibly be desperate masses of humanity who may be convinced that they need what you have to survive.
Urban survival is a skill, and like any skill, it must be learned. Stay alert, stay mobile and be ready to run, but better yet, be prepared with the knowledge to survive and possibly thrive in an urban disaster in your own home and neighborhood. Urban survival is about promoting sustainable living within one’s urban environment; the principals of organic food production, alternative energy and minimizing the use of non-renewable resources and the reuse or recycling of everything possible come into play.
The following general information on starting out in an urban survival scenario is based on personal experience and research. You’ll begin to understand that the preparation for a year of urban survival is much more than just stockpiling several hundred pounds of dry food. There is so much more to surviving an urban disaster that the task can be mind-boggling. You’ll see, though, that with the proper information and the will to start preparing yourself and family, you will find it is not as tedious or expensive as you may think.
Just as you would with outdoor or wilderness survival preparation, you must begin by making a list of possible scenarios that you could experience in your urban area. Once you have made a list of possible urban survival situations, make a list of survival supplies and skills you might need in each scenario. Know how to use those survival skills along with the supplies that you have and (you’ll need to learn what supplies you’re lacking), your chances for surviving any urban survival scenario begins to look more probable.
No matter where you live or how you live, having a good survival kit is an absolute must. With the threats of terrorist attack, natural disaster, economic collapse, or a pandemic, you need to have a survival plan in place quickly that is tailored to the needs of your family and doesn’t depend on your relocation or you being around as the leader in the unfortunate event that you become a casualty. Good survival training and preparation for you and your family significantly increases the odds in your family’s favor.
If you find yourself in a survival situation, your first priority is that you must make up your mind that you are going to survive. The very last thing you can do is panic. Panic is your worst enemy at that time. Your ability to think clearly and react is your most valuable survival skill in a situation or an undesirable situation for that matter. In situations such as flooding and power outages, contaminated water may be your only source of water. After your emergency supply of water has been expended, you’ll need to purify any more supplies of water if you don’t have a larger supply handy. The wisest thing you can do before this situation arises is learning how.
emergency survival preparedness
An Urban Survival course or book will help prepare you and your family for these types of emergency situations. Beyond personal supplies, surviving an ugly urban situation depends on a lot of how you choose to behave. If we take into account the idea that of most people, a good 80% will not be prepared for any survival situation, it could mean that your family’s survival hinges on the actions you take now. We can assume that there may be scavenger’s rush on almost every well-known sources of survival necessities, such as food and water.
Having these necessities stockpiled beforehand will keep you out of this horde of looting and stealing sea of desperation. Crime will only lead to destruction and will eventually undermine your ability to survive. Being able to take care of yourself and family will not only keep you out of the hordes, it will also prevent you and your family from becoming refugees or worse yet, victims. This is not in the least desirable as you may well lose all control as well as your freedom, and most likely lose the ability to cope very well. Just think of what happened in the Superdome in New Orleans after Katrina struck.
The entire family should be part of the preparation and planning and is the key to surviving comfortably during an emergency or disaster. Everyone in the family over 10 should take a class on basic self-defense, and firearm safety. Shut your fuse box or circuit breaker off for a few days over the weekend and your kids will provide a list a mile long of things they think they need. After you’ve whittled down their list make your list of the things you absolutely can’t do without and start there. Food for your family, pets and maintaining some resemblance to your lifestyle for sanity, you will soon begin to understand the magnitude of survival in a place with no power, water or other services. By hoping for the best but preparing for the worst you will assure yourself and your family a reasonable chance of survival in any unreasonable situation.
I have read many books on this subject. Most, while thorough, provide what seems to be an endless list of expensive supplies and even more expensive training. I have recently witnessed Urban Survival Program. It doesn’t overwhelm, yet instead provides all necessary information with common sense, clear direction and solid advice on obtaining supplies and training in a clear methodical manner.