Being able to produce your own food after SHTF will be critical to urban survival. Gardening, although taking a large amount of time, will supply you and your family with the nutrients you need after your food storage runs dry. Farming is incredibly laborious and without the right tools, will be a painstaking job to get done. Farming tools such as a wheelbarrow are force multipliers that make your job a hell of a lot of easier.
Your EDC load-out is your greatest force multiplier in your day to day life. It should contain items that extend your abilities the to the furthest in exchange for it’s size/weight. A knife and lighter as an example are perfect as together can be used to assist you in producing everything you would need in an urban survival situation. The EDC is the bare minimum of what you need to survive.
In some historical instances extraordinary measures have been taken against looters during times of crisis. It’s not uncommon in some countries for looters to be shot, either by police, army, or business owners. Some governments will justify the shooting of looters with the excuse of “preventing further damage to the economy”. I want to make clear that this article is not about looting, it’s about scavenging supplies essential to survival!
There are three basic elements of survival. They are food, water, and shelter. The order of importance depends on the survival situation. You’ll have to make a quick and correct assessment of the conditions in order to decide which comes first. Naturally, if you end up in a desert, water will be the first thing on your mind. But even though water is most crucial to your body, in most other cases you’ll immediately start thinking about food first. Depending on conditions, shelter can sometimes be more important than food or water (ex; blizzard, environment with nuclear fallout). But let’s just imagine the stores shelves have been looted empty and the starving masses have cleaned out every abandoned home. This scenario has played out many times the world over. It happened in New Orleans, it’s happening in parts of Africa and it could happen in your city! What would you do? How will you feed your family?
When shit hits the fan, turning on the light switch won’t do much. To light your home when the power is out, try the following:
- Use LED flashlights with a solar battery charger.
- Purchase a few high quality oil lamps and stock up on oil.
- Buy slow burn, 100+ hour candles.
Despite all the scary scenarios, staying and defending your home during a crisis is probably the most reasonable course of action. Staying in the city may sound crazy but there are easy and effective solutions to counter most of the problems you’ll face. For instance, putting up a few warning signs and displaying your willingness to use force and defend your property will usually send all the looters and freeloaders on to the next house. The looters and hungry people will have plenty of easy victims to pick on and they’ll leave you be if they know you mean trouble.
Getting along with your neighbors will be a crucial element to your urban survival plan. The best scenario you can be in is to have prepared neighbors and fellow survivalist who are constantly stocking up on their food, water, and supplies. People who band together will have a much greater chance of survival. We’re a social creature and we function best when we’re with others.
Will you be able to cope with the stress of violence, famine and civil unrest? We live in a world experiencing dramatic change and our ability to adapt to these changes will determine weather or not we survive. Our minds are truly magnificent creations but despite its ability to keep you alive… it can also kill you. With this chapter you’ll better understand how the mind copes with disaster and the info presented in this chapter will help you deal with stress and change in a more effective and healthy manner. Without a proper mindset even the strongest of men are useless in the face of danger. You’ll learn to control your anxieties and fears and stand firm in the face of danger.
Survival is 90% mental and 10% physical and therefore it’s essential that you understand how the mind works and its imperative you learn to use it. Think of this chapter as a users manual for your mind. First, let’s review a little background about the nature of stress. It is not a disorder that we strive to relieve or even eliminate it. Rather, it is something universal; it is what we experience as we react to the various pressures that life throws at us.
The “Rule of Three” should only be viewed as a general guide line. There are many exceptions to these rules. For instance the record for holding ones breath is 10 minutes, 17 seconds, the crew of a boat once lasted 8 days without water, and people have survived without food for over 50 days. In most survival situations though, there are three priorities that should be met: Food, Water and Shelter. Keep these priorities in mind.
My associates and I have recently been on the hunt for a quality acreage to be used as a survival retreat. Before we went looking around though we discussed a set of criteria that our potential retreat must cover. Some of you reading this right now might be thinking that this article is not for you since buying land is out of your budget, keep in mind though that the costs can be brought down if you pool cash in with a group (family/friends/like minded preppers). Also if you take a look around you’d be surprised by some of the great prices out there for undeveloped lots. The following is our list of must have features for any rural survival retreat. Keep these in mind when buying your next lot of land.