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.
If you have a vehicle, we recommend you prepare an emergency kit specifically for your vehicle. You just never know when disaster strikes so it’s important to have your supplies close by at all times. If you’re ever on the road and end up in a disaster, you’ll be glad you have this kit on you, it could save you and your families lives. The basic emergency kit for vehicles should include the following items:
Cleanliness is even more essential in the urban survival situation than in a normal environment. It’s highly unlikely, to say the least, that you’ll be able to achieve the ideal of a hot shower with soap once a day, but you must strive for alternatives that come as close as possible. One method is the use of a cloth and soapy water, making sure you carefully wash the parts of the body that are prone to both infestation and infection, including the extremities, armpits, crotch, and hair. In the absence of sufficient water for such a “spit” bath, you can turn to the healing properties of the UV rays from the sun. Take off your clothing – as much as is practical under the circumstances and “sun-bathe” for a minimum of an hour, taking care not to risk getting sunburned.
Insects, being the most numerous of any form of life on earth are not only easy to find but easy to catch, and a good source of protein! In fact, the bodies of insects consist of 65-80% protein, whereas only 20 percent of beef is protein. Thus when shit hits the fan insects will prove to be a valuable food source, regardless of how repugnant they may seem.
Sprouts have a number of qualities that make them especially useful as a part of a survival plan. One of their values is derived from the fact that the sprout stage of any plant is the time when it has the greatest concentration of vitamins and minerals, so they come in very handy when healthy food is scarce.
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.
Aside from nuclear meltdowns occurring worldwide post TEOTWAWKI, deadly diseases and viruses spreading worldwide is arguably the next biggest danger to humanity. History is wrought with cases of deadly pandemics killing off in some cases up to 50% of a regions population. Governments are currently doing a great job at quarantining outbreaks but every so often a virus becomes pandemic and uncontrollable. If for whatever reason the system responsible for vaccinations/quarantining and viral research falls apart, the population worldwide (especially in large cities) would quickly succumb to deadly pandemics. Fortunately, there are things you can do right now to prepare for such a crisis.
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!
Nuclear, biological, and chemical threats will probably be faced by everyone in their lifetime and having the tools to deal with these threats will be paramount to your survival. There are over 450 nuclear power plants on the planet with many of them in the USA, if a large enough disaster were to occur, you can be sure that many of these facilities will go into meltdown. A nuclear power plant going into meltdown is incredibly dangerous but with the right tactics, it can easily be survived. It’s crucial you have the right supplies to mitigate any NBC threat you may face.
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.