Prepping in the city
Jessica Hooley, author of the Salt N’ Prepper blog and contributor to the Army Navy Store Blog – PX Supply, advises that if you are in a situation where you must stay in a city, your emergency preparedness plan must be different than those of suburban residents. She says, “If you live in a city and you’re a prepper, then buckle up. As a prepper you will have to work extra hard to make your emergency plan viable. And while I make no judgments on city dwellers, I must say – Move! For your own safety — Move! Move, move, move, move, move.”
Define Your Strategy
One of the biggest problems with cities are the fact that they aren’t self-sustaining. They rely on outer communities to supply them with food, water and often times electricity. The second biggest issue with cities is the space. Most homes. apartments, and condos don’t have the space needed to store supplies for 6 months to a year. And even if they did there is a severely high probability of civil unrest, leading to looting and robbery. In short — you need a plan. The three questions to ask yourself:
- How long will we stay?
- How will we get out?
- Where will we go?
How long will we stay?
As I said before, in a city you must resign yourself to the fact that you will have to leave if the situation escalates to a point where you either have no supplies or your safety is in jeopardy. Decide with your family how long this period is going to be. After the power is out, the food is gone, and the shelves are empty in the grocery stores of all liquid – how much longer will you hold down the fort. Too short and you may have bugged out too soon. Too long and you risk the possibility of not being able to get out.
How will we get out?
Your exit strategy needs to be well planned out. Come up with a minimum of three routes out of the city. You’ve seen how a couple thousand people can shut down a road. Imagine the magnification of that situation when millions are out looking for food and water. You need to be able to navigate your way through the mess and be prepared to defend you and your family. I’ll go into further detail later.
Where will we go?
Once again, come up with a couple places as a destination if possible. Think of relatives out in the “boonies”. Anyone that you consider as being in a safe part of the world. If you don’t know anyone within a reasonable distance (you may run out of fuel) start thinking of areas that you could stay. Hotels. Camp spots. Some place to ride it out.
Help those around you prepare.
Although it may not seem like “gear” — a truck may likely be the most important bug-out necessity for someone in a big city.
If you are planning to stay in your house longer than a week after water is unavailable, you need to make storing water a big priority.
The key to your food storage is making it secret. Get creative and bury it in your yard, if you must.
Tip: In most cities, homes are close together. When using evening lighting make sure to draw the shades.
Without electricity you may be in for some cold nights.
The terrible truth is that most places in this country where self-defense is needed most, it’s unavailable to law abiding citizens. Some other solutions: Pepper spray, Tasers, trip wires, a guard dog, fortifications.
- Josh Baum