By Sonya James
Posting in Cities
If you live in a city, there are things you need to know before it's too late. Firstly, what type of survivalist are you?
Whether you have seven gallons of water in your basement - just in case, or your pantry hasn't seen an edible item in months, knowing how to survive in the city when It All Goes Down is a skill no one should scoff at.
Urban areas present the everyday survivalist with unique challenges and assets. To get to the essentials of what we need to know, Thorin Klosowksi of Lifehacker spoke with Dr. Arthur Bradley, author of The Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family and Disaster Preparedness for EMP Attacks and Solar Storms.
Dr. Bradley broke types of survivalists into three categories, Klosowksi writes:
- The Stockpiler: someone with a wide assortment of supplies but very little knowledge of how to actually do anything.
- The MacGyver: someone who can jury rig anything with duct tape, a pencil, and a pack of chewing gum.
- The Survivalist: someone who can find dinner in an old stump and keep warm using a roll of toilet paper and a rusty coffee can.
So what do we do with this information? Take the one piece of advice that really fits all sizes: find balance.
It's best to take a few tips from each of the different survivor types and turn yourself into an all-purpose urban survival master, but knowing your own skill set and strength can help you focus your attention on what matters.
For example, it's good to know what the Stockpiler, the MacGyver, and the Survivalist would do to find clean drinking water in the city. As we know, water is soon to be one of the hottest commodities on the market.
- The Stockpiler has a recommended seven gallons of water in a cool, dark place. Most plastic water bottles have a two year expiration date.
- The MacGyver takes a more dangerous approach: purifying water with bleach. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states you can add 1/8 teaspoon of non-scented bleach to a gallon of clear water (1/4 teaspoon if the water is cloudy), mix and wait 30 minutes before drinking.
- The Survivalist gets creative. Walk down to the basement and tap into the hot water heater. Cut the power, close the valve to the water supply, open the valve on the bottom of the tank, and turn on a sink - drinkable water will pour out.
To learn how to cannibalize a car for shelter, pick a lock into a home or building, cook food with a battery, and stay safe during a natural disaster, among other fine tips, study The Urban Survival Skills Everyone Should Know.
Apr 4, 2012
Many people think that the best way to survive a disaster is to head for the hills. But there can be a good argument made to stay in an urban area. This is where the supplies and materials will be in the most abundance. Knowing your area and where supplies can be found along with how to "McGyver" these materials to do what you need can make sure that you can supply any disaster. You can also check out http://urbansurvivalhandbook.info/ for more ideas.
Knowing your neighbors and being on good terms with them is probably the single most important disaster preparation. Some will have hoarded stuff, others will have good ideas, others will be calm and level-headed. One guy will have guns, another will have a shortwave, another will have a generator, etc. Stick together and remember that most of you will still be around after the disaster passes. (That's assuming the problem isn't global: aliens, zombies, cometary impacts, nuclear holocaust, etc.)
In a disaster, the more you can prepare ahead will improve your odds to survive. I have a grab and go kit near my front door and another kit in my car. These kits have some items to help me survive 72 hours or a bit longer. 72 hours is about how long it takes the government to start helping in a disaster like a major earthquake, floods, fire and storms. The next step in disaster preparedness is to build a community; you will need to meet with your neighbors and plan where to meet and how to support each other when a major event happens. Having a group of people to work together after a disaster will help protect resources from looters and thieves and also protect the group and yourself from other problems. It is a good idea to check with your local government and local organizations to see what training is offered (first aid and rescue) as well as suggestions for items to have for emergencies.
Neighbors are a great resource to survive a disaster, even global problems. As an individual, trying to survive alone, you could have trouble keeping the supplies you have if someone else is desparate enough or just ornery enough to take it away from you. As an individual, working with neighbors, you can more easily share items with each other as needed and you have more people to defend against thieves. A recommendation is to have an FRS radio, small walkie talkie with a few miles range, to set up a communication system with family and friends so that in a disaster you can find each other quickly. You can plan out a way for people to get in touch as well as when to check the FRS and relay messages for you.