Among people considering the subject of survival in a future world where society has broken down, there seems to be some who delight in a chaotic scenario featuring all kinds of violent conflicts between warring groups, using their guns to bring back the wild game for the evening’s feast, as in a science fiction adventure movie now playing.
Many experts believe that an urban environment is the worst place to be when a disaster hits and rightfully so, but many of us have no choice but to stay in the city. The majority of people don’t have wilderness retreats for when shit hits the fan. Most people will be stuck in a city with a million other people all fighting for survival. Despite the problems that will arise, there are solutions.
You may be surprised to know that for the most part… we are surrounded by free food. Our lawns are teaming with edible weeds that can be found virtually anywhere in the world. In this post, we highlight the 3 most commonly found/known edible weeds. Post collapse, it’s going to be essential that you’re educated in foraging food from your environment and making the most from what you have. Aside from these 3 edible weeds, there are hundreds more and you should spend the time researching the ones most common to your region.
It comes from our media outlets. We see advertisements on television, the internet, on billboards, and nearly every other place we can think of. Each of these advertisement’s main goal is to get you to buy their product. Buy this new smartphone that can do everything that phone does and much more, buy from this restaurant because you’ll get a much better deal than going there, we’ve got the deal of the century here, and it goes on and on. Being saddled with so many possible ways to spend your hard-earned money, it can be tough to filter through the things you need as opposed to the things you want. Spending money on wants is as addictive as any drug. Eventually you’ll be buried in a deep pile of debt. Avoiding the temptation of spending your money is a learned skill. Here is how you can teach yourself to do it.
At its core, being a Prepper is about two things; independence and safety. Each requires specific skill sets, knowledge, and training. If you are a parent then you have the additional responsibility of imparting that knowledge to your children. It stands to reason then that prepping should be a family affair from day one. The family is a team with strong ties, which can be leveraged for better or worse in an emergency situation.
The following guidelines should get you started.
Here at UrbanSurvivalNetwork.com, we throw the term Shit Hit the Fan and the accompanying scenarios around a lot. The image of a sloppy turd hitting a fan and spraying everyone is a great analogy for various scenarios. The problem with this is that it fails to bring to mind scenarios that take time to develop, such as the gradual erosion/depletion of high quality top soils. What if a SHTF scenario has been developing all along and we have been either too busy or too blind to see it.
Despite the fact that we as a species have been surviving since the beginning of time and have encountered unfathomable disasters, there’s still no clear and concise method/approach/guide to prepping that takes into account all the possible scenarios. The world of prepping as we currently know it is still in it’s infancy and it has a long way to go before we create a perfect system for not only implementing into our own lives, but also teaching to others. Because there’s no clear guide to prepping, many of us preppers have to go through a life long learning process of trial and error to figure out the best methods for survival, along the way we’ll make mistakes and overlook many possibilities. In this article I want to go over 10 of the more common mistakes that we as preppers may have overlooked.
One of the most important and yet most neglected areas of emergency food storage is water! Most home emergency food storage theory and practices are heavily reliant on dried foods like rice, beans, wheat, freeze dried fruit or vegetables and powdered milk. If you live in an urban environment where water and rain is abundant you could get away with storing small amounts of water but will you have enough?
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Even if you’re an advanced prepper, it’s very likely that there’s something you’re forgetting to stockpile. Post SHTF that item you forgot to get could mean life or death… or just cause a lot of misery. The whole purpose of having a stockpile of barter items is that you’ll be able to acquire that missing item through trade post SHTF if need be. Not only will the items below be useful for your own survival, but they’ll be items that will quickly disappear from the shelves of stores everywhere and so people will be in need of them. Some of these items can be expensive so be sure to only purchase these items while they’re on sale or you find a good deal on them.
Prepping can be time consuming, and expensive, so it’s important that you create a few small daily habits that will build up your stock of food, skills, and gear overtime. By incorporating the 4 habits listed below into your daily life, you’ll eventually (over time) become an extremely advanced urban survivalist. Slow and steady is the thinking behind these habits.