Although I think it’s possible to survive most types of disasters while living in the city, that doesn’t mean the city isn’t more dangerous than the countryside. By choosing to remain in the city, you are facing several potential dangers, and it’s important that you be aware of those dangers. In this article I’ll cover […]
I recently wrote about 20 skills you can trade after the SHTF, but this time I want to focus on urban survival skills. If you live in the city, these skills could literally save your life during the next major disaster. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, and the skills aren’t in […]
Living in a large city comes with several disadvantages when it comes to disaster preparedness, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t measures you can take to better your odds. These hobbies are not only enjoyable and easily accessible to city-dwellers, they also provide skills and knowledge that will be incredibly valuable after the end of […]
8 Threats To Beware Of If You Live In The City Urban survival is a popular topic among preppers, probably because most of them–despite dreams of a homestead in the country–live in big cities so they can get to work in a reasonable amount of time. I’d like to tell these people that the city …
Today I want to share a couple of awesome videos by Canadian Prepper. These videos are from his After The Collapse series, which is worth watching not only for the things you’ll learn but also because it’s very entertaining. The latest videos are about urban survival, and he talks about: The Public to Private Property […]
I just found a great new Youtube Channel called City Prepping. If you like this site, you’ll definitely like this channel. There are a several great videos, but this one is my favorite because he talks about several aspects of urban survival that he learned while living in Afghanistan. The seven lessons he covers are: […]
This article is for preppers and non-preppers, and I want to start it with a grim statement: If you live in a major metropolitan area, your chances of survival are relatively low in a large scale disaster scenario. Do you think I’m exaggerating? If you live in a city but you’re not into preparedness, consider […]
I found an article with a great overview of urban survival skills. What makes it interesting is that it looks at urban survival from three different perspectives: The Stockpiler, The MacGyver, and The Survivalist. For example, when it comes to food: the stockpiler needs to store food, the Macgyver needs to know how to cook […]
Whether you live in a city or just visit on rare occasions, there is always the possibility of being stuck in an urban survival situation in case of a collapse or disaster. So how do you survive? If you live there, you should have preps and know the area well.
You should know where water is available. This could include ponds, fountains, streams and reservoirs. If you are counting on these types of water sources, read the following link The Hazards of Urban Water Sources, to keep yourself safe. Many multiple story buildings have hundreds of gallons of water trapped in their plumbing systems, you just have to know how to access it. Your urban survival kit should include a Sillcock key, or at least pliers or vise grips. Sillcock Keys, The key to Finding Water In the Cities. A Sillcock key will let you turn on many taps that are missing the handle.
One water source that you need to avoid in many areas is fire sprinkler systems. In cold areas, they may contain antifreeze, which will kill you. If you live or work in a high rise or multi story building, make friends with the maintenance people and show an interest in how the building functions. Learn about the water system and how access it.
Food may be more available than many people think in the early stages of a disaster. A friend of mine, who was broke, supplemented his food by hunting pigeons in the parks and on the roofs with a pellet pistol. City pigeons are not scared of people. Lots of wild food may be available in parks and vacate lots, if you know what you are looking for.
If you plan to live in your apartment or home and live on your preps be careful what you do with your trash.. There is a saying in the military, “If I can find your MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) trash, I can find your base”. This also applies if your neighbor sees your trash. He knows what you are eating. What are you doing with your trash? Can your neighbors see where you are throwing your food wrappers? Burn your waste if possible and bury or hide what is noncombustible. Can your neighbor smell your food cooking? Cooking odors will carry a long way. You need to be carefully about how you dispose of bodily wastes, keep them away from where you are hiding.
If you are planning to stay in an multi story apartment or hotel, always know the escape routes in case of a fire. Be careful about being trapped on upper floors without an escape route.
One of the biggest dangers in urban survival will be other people. Your best bet is to avoid contact with others as much as possible. In large building there are many hiding places, don’t hesitate to use them. Fight only as a last resort and use whatever weapons you have.
Whether you live in the city or are just visiting you should have an escape route planned and a bug out or get home bag.
Urban Survival takes planning and training just like wilderness survival. If you live, work or visit a city near you, take the time to plan how you will survive or escape. Urban survival is not impossible, in many parts of the world people are doing it right now, but it will be hard.
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Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s kick it off with a series of videos full of urban survival tips. This series was created by Reality Survival. When I first discovered it there were only 10 videos, but since then he’s added 3 more videos in just a few weeks […]