If you’re living in a coastal region, pay attention! Tsunamis can cause massive damage to low-lying coastal areas after an earthquake and in many cases cause much more damage then the initial earthquake itself. Together, an earthquake and tsunami is a devastating combo that has killed millions of people this century. As many of you will recall the most recent major tsunami was the one that damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant and killed upwards of 28,000 people (not including those who died afterwards from indirect causes). There’s also the 2004 boxing day tsunami that killed around 500,000 people (higher estimate). We encourage all of you to go on YouTube and look up videos of these last two tsunamis or check out the gallery below so you can get a clear idea of what to expect if you happen to live near the coast.
Although earthquakes only occur is certain areas, they can spawn tsunamis that can travel across entire oceans. Also keep in mind while viewing these images that when a significant earthquake occurs, the electrical grid will go down, water/sewage systems will be inoperable, and roads will be too damaged for emergency workers, shipments of food/water to arrive. Fortunately the vast majority of earthquakes are barely felt, but every so often (about once per year) a strong earthquake will and hit and as was the case with the December 2004 Asian earthquake; about 500 000 people died (directly from the initial disaster, and much more from the water born diseases, and chaos that ensued afterwards).
When SHTF and the economy/civilization collapses, looting will become rampant and the grocery store shelves will be ransacked of everything within days! In some instances, even the store shelves will be dismantled and taken away. Once the grocery stores/restaurants/warehouses are emptied out, hungry/desperate looters will go for the weak, breaking into their homes, even using deadly force if need be. Below we’ve created an image gallery of looters so you know what to expect when SHTF.
Here’s an urban survival infographic covering all the basics that you and your family should know prior to when SHTF. Understanding and following these basic principles will greatly improve your chances of survival.
Both Morse Code and the Phonetic Alphabet have been used by the military world over for almost a century now, and for good reason! Along with the many other things you as a prepper should learn and memorize, memorizing Morse Code and the Phonetic Alphabet should be on that list. Although Morse Code is no longer used in it’s traditional form, it can still be used as an unconventional method to communicate with others long or short distance using radio, lights, sound, and a variety of other methods. As for the Phonetic Alphabet, it’s primarily only used when communicating over radio/digital devices to prevent confusion between similar sounding letters. The Phonetic Alphabet is especially useful when communicating over choppy signals or when in loud environments. Several hours of studying is all it will take to memorize these codes, and it’s very likely you’ll one day need this information.
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!
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.