Natural and man-made disasters do not discriminate. Storms, fires, winds, etc., will destroy any and everything it can. If you live in the city, especially one with a dense population and even denser housing and/or business areas, you are probably in one of the worst positions imaginable. If a devastation were to roll through your stop and grounds, hundreds of thousands of people would be fighting to the death for the resources you all share. Here is a quick starter guide for a city slicker who might need to survive.
- Buy storage bins and bags and/or build storage space.
Most city housing does not come packed with the convenience of various storage space. So your solution, first and foremost, is to buy or build storage space. Why is this important? You want to be able to either grab and go, or keep your stock pile of emergency in one dry, cool location. Creating more storage space also allows you to collect more, thus increasing your reserves.
- Buy a “Go-Bag”
As we outline in a previous post, get a go bag large enough to hold the contents explained here. Being a city slicker, you might not be able to come up with all of the items we recommend to have in your go-bag. That is OK, you can start NOW! It is definitely possible to slowly acquire things such as a basic first aid kit, a durable flashlight, and a water purification device. These three items are quick, cheap, and simple. Once this bag is complete in its entirety, leave it in an inconspicuous area that is easy to access.
- Learn basic survival skills
Western society has evolved in such a way that information, food, supplies, etc., are convenient to get. What will happen if at an instant, this convenience is stripped away. Stop worrying about the cost to resurface your pool deck. Do you know how to grow your own food? Have you ever made your own clothes? Are you familiar with fixing and maintaining your vehicle? These are basic survival skills that are absolutely crucial should anything happen in your city.
- Research survival centers
After major “natural” disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, hundreds of people nationwide have begun to discuss, encourage, and teach others about important survival skills and commodities to keep. Instead of scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc., take 30 min. to look at the literature out there about survival. It might just save you and your families life.
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