Urban Survival

In an apocalypse or other disaster, people often think that they need to head for the hills in order to survive. However, this is not always the case. There are many ways to survive in an urban environment, even when all of the amenities and conveniences that we are used to are no longer available. Here are some tips for urban survival in an apocalypse or other disaster:

Find emergency shelter and food.


Find a pre-arranged location. You should have a pre-determined location that you and your family can find if there is no law and order. This should be somewhere that you can go to hide from other people, such as in the basement at your house. Make sure everyone who is with you knows this location.


Hide in your house or apartment building. If your local area is too dangerous to travel through, but you have no choice but to leave, lock all your doors and windows and only leave when necessary. If you have time, do not take anything with you that could identify you or make it obvious that the place is unoccupied.

Search for food in supermarkets and grocery stores. 


If disaster strikes, most people will rush to a nearby supermarket to buy supplies they need immediately. However, these stores will be cleaned out very quickly, so it is best to wait until a few days go by before looking for food here.


Look for food in residential areas. People usually store food inside their homes or apartments for easy access later on. So, look for homes in residential areas that are not boarded up and see if there are any cans of fruit, vegetables or soups.


Gather medical supplies.


Gather several weeks worth of any prescription medications you or your family members use.

You won’t be able to get refills if local medical facilities are closed and no pharmacies are open.

Get copies of health insurance cards, medical prescriptions, and medical records, and put them in a waterproof container.


Have a standard first aid kit available that includes gauze, bandages, adhesive tape and antibiotic ointment.

A thermometer is important to have on hand as well as antiseptic wipes or soap and water.

Having medical supplies stocked up will help you and your family in the face of an emergency.


Secure your home, your family, and yourself.


Open the window and take a look at your home. What do you see? How many rooms can you see into from the outside?


Look closely around your doors. 

Are there any places that someone could get in?

Are there places around your home that people could hide in?


Make sure that you have a key hidden in case of emergencies.

Make sure that all your doors are locked when you leave the house.

Install a security or surveillance camera around your house.

Your home is an important part of your life, so make sure it’s safe!


Have an escape route.


The best time to make an escape route is before a disaster happens.

Make sure you have multiple ways out of your home.

Make sure that everyone in the household knows where each escape route is and how to get to them.

Your family meeting spot should be set in a central location that is relatively safe from the disaster, but not too far from your home. For example, if you live in an area where there are wildfires, your meeting spot should not be a large field away from your home.

Make sure to create a meeting place outside of your house.

Rescue your pets.


Buddy up with a neighbor or a friend, so that you can work together if needed.


You’ll be able to help each other get food, water and supplies in a doomsday scenario.

You’ll be able to help each other get to places during a disaster.

you can take turns manning lookout posts.


If one of you has a medical problem, you can help each other with medication and treatment.

When one of you is hurt or sick, the other can take over tasks for both households.


In some places, it’s not legal for you to own a gun so when you join with friends like this, you will have one household that has a gun for protection.


You can enjoy things like gardening, hunting and foraging together, which will provide additional food sources for both of you.


There are plenty of prepping-related tasks that are easier when more people are involved such as building a greenhouse or creating a pond.


It’s easier to keep morale up when there’s someone around with whom to share experiences.

Having at least 1 neighbor or friend who is working with you is a safe bet if your concern is being ready for any kind of catastrophe

Box up some essential belongings and keep them close by or in your car or at a neighbor’s house if necessary.

Have a basic kit in your home and car.

Keep water, medications and other supplies in your car. Consider storing a vehicle fuel, food and more supplies at an out-of-state relative’s house.


Put important documents in one spot in case you need to grab them and leave fast.

Keep the items you will need if you have to evacuate easy to find, easy to carry and safe from the elements.

Prepare for any type of disaster!


Have cash on hand, but don’t have too much of it in the house because it becomes a liability at this point. Keep only what you will need for a few days to buy necessities from others who may have what you need if the grocery stores are closed and online banking is down.


If you have to evacuate, do so immediately and with what you need for survival for 3 days minimum (water, food). Also take along any water purifiers you may have and bottled water in case city services are down for an extended period of time, such as during the recent hurricanes

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