This Article is Sponsored by: https://www.disasterprepstore.com. Your go to online resource for free downloadable maps, bibles, guides, and other stuff you might need if the internet goes off. After seeing how the world reacted to Covid-19, I think it is a safe presumption to say that a lot of people are completely unprepared for disasters. It doesn’t matter what type it is. Maybe it’s man-made like civil unrest, riots, a foreign invasion, or civil war. It can also be a natural disaster. Typhoons, hurricanes, fires, snowstorms, blizzards, earthquakes, forest fires, you name it. Take your pick.
No matter the context, most people are unprepared. Why? At the back of their heads, they’re thinking that The Grid will keep working. What do I mean by The Grid? At the very least, we’re talking about light, power, water, and gas. But there’s a lot more holding up the system than those four very valuable resources.
We also assume that the police, fire department, and paramedics will always be available. This is the unstated assumption too many Americans have and that’s why I can say, with 100% certainty, that most people are unprepared for disasters no matter what form they take.
To survive in an urban setting during a disaster is even more challenging because we’re so accustomed to The Grid being available on a 24/7 365 day basis. Think about it. If there’s a problem, you can call 911. It’s automatic to most people. They do it without blinking. It’s a reflex.
Well, what if I told you that the day will come that when you dial 911, you will get a dead signal. On top of this, you have no internet and no assurance that help, in any form, will come your way. What do you do in that situation?
I don’t care whether you live in the middle of a city or somewhere near the suburb. As long as you’re accustomed to The Grid, you need to pay attention to what I’m about to say. You have to know the basics of urban survival because it’s very different from rural survival. It really is that simple.
Rural survival is all about making it to the next day when you know you are far away from resources. Chances are in a rural setting, you probably are more likely to get used to living without the convenient amenities of The Grid.
The moment you set up a homestead or a cabin out in the woods, at the back of your mind, you are already preparing to be disconnected from The Grid. This is completely different in an urban setting. Even though you keep telling yourself that you’re going to prepare for the unexpected, everywhere you look, everything is plugged into the electrical, water, gas, power, and emergency service system.
You know you’re only a few minutes away from the nearby emergency room. You also know that in your urban setting, there will be a lot of professional specialists that will be able to give you the help that you need when you need it.
Whether we’re talking about operations, psychological counseling, legal services, or anything else, you’re plugged into this network of professional and governmental services when you live right in the middle of a city.
Unfortunately, knowing this colors and influences your assumptions and this is precisely what makes it so hard for people to prepare for survival in an urban setting after a disaster. So how do you fully prepare?
I’ve already laid it out. You have to change your mindset. You have to assume that for whatever reason, all the help that you have assumed will always be available will automatically, one day, disappear. Once you’re able to switch your mindset to that assumption, then you should act accordingly.
This means packing the right resources and, most importantly, picking up the right skills. If there’s a fire on your block after a disaster, do not assume that a firetruck or two will show up on the scene. Expect long waits, assuming the fire department shows up at all.
In that context, what kind of training do you need to have? Also, keep in mind that the fire hydrants might not be working. Do you see how this works? The key is to adopt the right mindset which will push you to broaden your skills so you can deal with issues as they appear in many different types of contexts.
The good news is you don’t have to train yourself to be the local fire emergency person or the local electric grid specialist. A lot of it is common sense. When there’s a fire, you should at least know which of your neighbors have a swimming pool.
It’s important to be able to talk to people and coordinate with them so they can pull neighborhood assets to deal with common problems as they appear. This is the kind of skillset that you need in that situation.
It’s not overly technical. You don’t have to go to vocational school for any of this. A lot of it boils down to broadening your common sense and current social skills so you can flexibly deal with a wide range of problems.
Keep this in mind when going through the urban survival tips that I have detailed below. You have to have the right mindset and a collaborative spirit to be able to pull these off.