Suppose SHTF, and the city is turning into a hell hole. It’s the disaster of the century and you happen to be stuck right in the middle it. Looting is rampant, the infrastructure has entirely collapsed and supplies are running low. You see violence picking up as people start to fight over resources. You figure there’s a way out so you find a way to safely get past the gang led roadblocks. So you steal a nice 4×4 and you siphon enough gas to make it 100 miles out of the city. This is what a survivalist calls “Bugging Out”.
There have been many cases of people surviving in the most desperate of circumstances who’ve never been prepared, or even given a thought to the prospect of being in such a situation, while others with extensive preparedness knowledge and training have failed to take advantage of their skills and perished. Continue reading “Survival Psychology and the Will to Survive”
The extremes of winter weather can vary wildly as you traverse the different regions of America, and it is therefore always important to have a winter urban survival kit and plan handy for emergencies. Depending on where you live, the variations can range from moderate snow for a few short hours to very intense blizzards that leave you completely isolated for days on end.
If you live in an area of the country that is known to have Wildfires (such as many parts of California), an emergency survival kit and plan will be necessary. The United States is one of those rare countries that has an abundance of trees, foliage and green landscapes where the possibility for Wildfires is always present. Even if you live in the Sunshine State of Florida, Wildfires have been known to break out at a moment’s notice. Having an emergency survival kit and plan handy is definitely a good idea.
The threat of terrorist explosive devices are becoming a normal part of everyday life in many parts of the world unfortunately, but by planning ahead and creating an emergency survival plan for just such a possibility, you could save valuable seconds in reaction time that could mean the difference between life and death.
Having a good understanding of tactical hand signals amongst your urban survival group will be a force multiplier when SHTF. Being able to communicate silently amongst each other will be critical to staying alive and taking out the enemy. Share this information with other members in your group and set a due date to have these tactical hand signals memorized. Once everyone in your group have these signals memorized it’s important that you go out and train/practice these until they’ve become internal/automatic. It will only require a few hours to memorize so you have no excuse to not study these, they could save a life one day. Add this to your list of urban survival skills you need to develop, you’ll be glad you did.
It’s starting to seem that every year in California, wildfires are displacing thousands of people, and forcing thousands more to be under evacuation orders. On top of that, to prevent wildfires (to avoid law suits), PG&E have shut off power to approximately 2.1 million people in 2019 (in some places, up to two weeks!). Although the casualty rates for these types of problems are relatively low, they can be a massive pain in the ass and be extremely stressful. Fortunately, with a little basic emergency preparedness, the damage, stress and inconvenience can be greatly minimized!
Solar flares are an umbrella term used in the prepper community to cover CME’s (coronal mass ejections), and solar storms. Solar flares in themselves aren’t actually that bad, even the strongest one’s ever recorded haven’t caused much damage. A CME is the thing to be worried about though, it’s basically (without getting technical) a cloud of super charged plasma that got shot out of a solar flare and was thrown out into space. A solar flare can be observed right away but a coronal mass ejection can take up to 2 days to reach earth (so we’ll have warning of it before it hits).
A drought by definition is a period of time ranging anywhere from several months to several years in which an area experiences a deficiency in its water supply. Nearly every part of the US will go through periods of reduced rainfall but droughts are increasing worldwide and becoming more common. By having a better understand of the types of damage a drought can cause, we can better prepare and make plans to counter the disaster situations created by droughts.
The FEMA X code marking system has been incredibly successful since it was widely used in Hurricane Katrina. It’s been adopted by most agencies and departments across the united states so you’ll be sure to see these post disaster. Unfortunately, there is no universally accepted list of abbreviations so you’ll have to use your brain and think about what you’re seeing as it may not be immediately obvious.