The SURVIVAL acronym is an essential piece of knowledge that every urban survivalist should have. It’s usually one of the first big pieces of useful information that a student of urban survival will learn. It’s taught in the military’s across the world because it works! Keeping this survival acronym in mind will save your butt one day!
Breaking into places will be a valuable skill when SHTF. Almost everything valuable in an urban environment is either locked up or behind a locked door. When considering ways to gain access into secure areas, many people think of picking a lock as the method of choice, but the only occasion when this is truly the case is when your overriding concern is not to leave evidence at the scene. There is a whole array of techniques available; some practical methods are discussed below.
Setting a trap or snare is a good way to catch game if you have no weapons. A trap is also valuable in situations where you do have a gun or air rifle, but the sound of shooting off a weapon must be avoided. This section will focus on undomesticated wild life such as rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, skunks and etc. Domesticated animals can of course be trapped but most cats and dogs will be stuck indoors. Cats can often be found outdoors and so trapping can also apply to them.
Regardless of how much food you’ve stored or how big your garden is, there’s always the possibility that you’ll have to leave your shelter and venture off into (or out of) the city. The city environment may become violent, hostile and dangerous areas and so how you get around is of utmost importance. This article will cover everything you’ll need to know when it comes to an evacuation and being a refugee.
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.