If you’ve planned well and have an emergency survival kit that includes food rations, you have a better chance of getting through the survival situation smoothly than those who did not put aside rations for such a contingency. I found a great article that explains what food is good for storage and also explains how not to prevent “Appetite Fatigue” as if all you have is wheat, honey and basic food you will survive but you wont want to eat it.
I was once asked to teach more about urban survival “because all anyone ever says is that you have to get out of the city when disaster strikes.” I also came across a radio show host who ostensibly discusses urban survival every week on her show. Of course I’m referring to challenges on a large scale such as a massive earthquake, power outage, pandemic, or financial collapse. Sustainable Food Sources: thanks to our excellent transportation system in this nation, every grocery store refurbishes every 24-36 hours nowadays. Water: Frankly, it’s challenging enough to find room for all of my water storage in a suburban home with a decent sized yard.
Transportation: Bottom line, there has never been an example of necessary mass migration that has gone peacefully in the history of our nation.
Medical: While you may feel some semblance of comfort now by living close to the pharmacy, understand that such will do you no good in a disaster scenario.
Yes, you and your family can easily endure a week or two in the city presuming that the utilities and government systems stay in place, but if there’s any doubt in your mind that such will be the case, it’s vital that you get out of Dodge sooner rather than later. Have you ever noticed, when going thru a city on the interstate system, that you will find those concrete pylons or whatever you call them, stacked up on the roadside at major intersections - especially at the city limits?
Dave you really don't need a specific bag for that purpose,heck a duffle bag works even those od flight bags with the 2 handles and a zipper down the middle would work even old army rucksacks. I would suggest being particular about which bag you use if you have any physical conditions which need to be addressed.
Kellene, my wife and I live in a town of about 60,000 residents, with a total county population of about 100,000, but we're surrounded on all sides by farmland and we have many friends in the farming communities.
I should also add that we're not really in a position to move to a more rural setting at this point, due to my wife being handicapped, but we have lots of family in this area. Kellene, you know I respect you and my reply will probably upset some of the head bobers, but I am conflicted by your latest article. As for many people they will simply have no choice but to commit to thier survival in place. Though I agree with you completely that survival in the city in the long term is nearly impossible, I have another point of view on when to bug out.
Even if you have warning, say, a half hour in advance, how far out can you realistically get in that time? In Utah County, whenever the freeway backs up, all the side roads back up too, because they're just not equipped to handle that much traffic. I think it is extremely important to play out all possible scenarios prior to any such event as not to panic or even worse hurt somebody or get hurt yourself. It kind of bums me out that your situation is identified by most as "extreme." To me, it's paradise. We purposely picked our new house in an urban area that was less urban, considered "safer" than other areas of the country, and tucked away. 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. Well, I hope she’s got a very creative mind because if I were to address “urban survival” it would last about one hour, because frankly, there’s no such thing as urban survival folks. This isn’t exactly  what you countless city-dwellers want to hear, I’m sure, but it’s a fact. But even some of the more common crisis’ such as unemployment and long-term illness may be better dealt with further from the city due to decreasing costs of living, less pollution and other such benefits. If you can’t flush your waste then what are you going to be able to do with it when you’re surrounded by concrete and asphalt?  After only 72 hours of losing sanitation services you will likely face some serious consequences. So lets say you are prepared with the butane stove with enough butane to cook a couple meals a day for a year, the fact is, as the survivors around you diminish and as the loot becomes more scarce, a warm can of Chef Boyardee is going to give away your inconspicuous living and your safety. Please do not live your life now planning on the pharmacy being a part of your “plan.” Always fill your regular prescriptions as early as you are able so that you can slowly build up a reserve for your necessary daily medications.
So this wasn’t exactly the most peaceful article I’ve written over the years, and perhaps that’s why I haven’t written much on it sooner, but the conversations I’ve had with the majority of my friends and family lately have provided me with the urging I needed to write this out. There were a couple of instances which I thought were ridiculous, but I have to say, it's the best mainstream attempt at addressing the topic that I've seen.
In three decades time you won't even be able to tell where the roadways were, much less still be able to see the lane markings.
For example, I have this great older couple that I'm friends with and the thought of them strapping on a backpak or lugging a duffle bag just isn't realistic for them. I also believe they can take steps to increase their chances of survival in place no matter thier location although the challenges are far more difficult in the cities versus sub-urban and urban areas.

With 29 episodes before it was cancelled, this small town had to figure out all the logistics of how to survive after more than a dozen nukes landed on American cities. I think you were very gentle,I have already moved 65 miles out of the city, and still have taken extreme precautions in the event that people will migrate out to our area during this type of event.
We are probably a little extreme when it comes to survival, you know solar, gardens, live stock, fish pond, self defence, faith, basicly self contained. 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 knife and lighter as an example are perfect as together can be used to assist you in producing everything you would need in an urban survival situation. We believe in charity but a line needs to be drawn when your own families survival comes at stake. When it comes to dealing with a bona fide disaster, you need to get out of the city, plain and simple.
But the focus of my article today is in dealing with the realities of a disaster that Mother Nature or perhaps an act of war would force you to face in your area. Sure, Hollywood “end of day” movies always end up showing a city becoming desolate with plenty of food and water to loot by survivors, but the fact of the matter is, it’s not sustainable. Yet, one more reason to get out of Dodge as soon as you even suspect there will be a problem or breakdown in services.  The more dense a population is, the faster a problem will spread, whether it be a pandemic, fire, panic, etc. Lights seen through your window or smoke exuding from your chimney will only serve to mark you as a target for the desperate criminals, with no law to protect or defend you. Unless your last name is Trump, it’s unlikely that you benefit from a large enough space in which to store sufficient water supplies for a long-term challenge, and yet you simply cannot survive with good mental faculties without it. The premise was that a virus spread quickly throughout the world killing the majority of all populations. The hospitals and doctors office may bring you peace of mind now, but in a crisis they will be nothing short of a death trap for you.
I still feel strongly though that even a scenario like this can be converted from an “emergency” to an uncomfortable transition in our life if we prayerfully prepare today for the possibility of such circumstances now. In my case, I have older parents who may not be able to leave the city and who I can't leave behind.
I have often written and taught people about the dangers city dwellers will face in times of emergency as well as the dangers of Country life because they to are fraught with peril. We have put back up food and water in underground bunkers in the event that our above ground food storage is over taken. A nuclear power plant going into meltdown is incredibly dangerous but with the right tactics, it can easily be survived.
The following items have been well thought out and discussed with other urban survivalist so you can be sure that these items will be worth their weight in gold when the time comes.
This means that there’s a reason why you “only hear instructions to get out of the city when disaster strikes assuming you expect to last longer than a couple of weeks, at best. At some point you will run out of such resources and it’s not likely that you’ll be able to create enough food on the cement deck of your apartment to feed your family indefinitely.  This is one of the primary reasons why leaving the city life behind is vital.
Even if you’re well armed with some sort of protection against incidental problems, you will not be able to hold off determined criminals for long. Yet one more reason why you've got to move to more spacious areas where you're likely to find more natural sources of water (such as dried creek beds, dew on the leaves) or wells and cisterns.
But for some reason the directors showed the aftermath of such a crisis with vacant streets and freeways almost everywhere. And the longer you stay in the city environment, the more you will be exposed to whatever illness, mayhem, or death that will transpire. I will have to prepare as best I can and hope, if that time comes, I have the answers I need.
I admit is is self serving of me to suggest people are capable of surviving in place because as I mentioned WE teach just that. But he says the worst crimes are committed in the countryside, where law enforcement can't get out there in time to stop gangs of marauders from breaking in and even torturing residents to find out where they have more food stashed away, and killing them.
The other option is to plan to shelter in place for three weeks to three months until the majority of the horde has left. I've consistently navigated true side streets to avoid the traffic--especially when there's a snow storm. We have also played escape routs off our protery in case of such an event, negociations with food as a gift is our fist option, firearms our second option and escape our last option. The gear listed below are pricey, but we feel you should never cheap out on gear when it comes to urban survival because the quality of your gear could mean the difference between life and death. The problem, though, is that the longer you wait to get out of the city, the more dangerous your exit will be and the more problems will confront you as well.

You’ll need to find your way to an area in which you can create a more sustainable food source in addition to the supplies that you’ve built up during your pro-active self-reliance times. They will simply keep coming back with more until they have just the right number of allies to overpower you. You want to at least give yourself a fighting chance with what you’ve got in your car.) Pre-Plan with your family and friends with an action plan that you will implement in order to relocate elsewhere in the event of an emergency. I will conceed it will be more difficult to survive within the cities borders rather than living on a farm and being self sufficient.
We have installed survaeillance cameras and intercomes at our gates and borders to try to deal with this at a distance. Keep in mind that this kit is a work in progress and we would greatly appreciate any input you could give us. So I realize that this article isn’t exactly “happy news” to the majority of you, but then again, that’s what makes it that much more necessary. I hate to say this, because it’s not exactly a peaceful thought, but it’s very naive to think that such persons are only interested in your food or medicines you might have on hand.  You simply cannot afford to underestimate the extent of evil that’s possible in desperate people.
Whether it’s an EMP, earthquake, or pandemic, you will not find yourself with free reign to travel on the roads as you see fit. This necessitates you having a working knowledge of how to best care for you and your family in the absence of a doctor and to stock up on alternative medical resources. Also if it were a panepidemic situation, do you really want to be out there with all the potentially infected people?
The last thing we want is violence we have purchased extra food to be able to share and help, but will resist force. If you want to contribute to this site and the prepping community at large, offer your feedback below.
Such statics mean that in dire circumstances you’ll be surrounded by more death, more disease, more crime, more want, more waste, and more desperation—none of which is ideal for safe and comfortable self-reliant living. Thus the sooner you make the decision to evacuate the better before gridlock compounds your problem of safety; and I would certainly be sure to be very familiar with the back roads instead of the main roads as well. Be sure you, your family members, and close friends are all familiar with the contingency plan for when you are displaced from your city home and most importantly be sure that ALL of your family members are aware of this plan in the event you get separated for whatever reason.
I absolutely agree with your article's content and suggestions about preparedness but do not agree that survival in place is hopeless. Keep your fuel tank full as much as possible (and always above half at least) with an extra canister of fuel that you rotate each time you fill up, plus keep your car in good working condition, complete with a spare tire and the skills to change it. There are dangers in everyones location and we should prepare for them and yes even the unspeakable ones. If such an option is not viable for you then I suggest you make friends with the likeminded folks who are a part of our blog here or our Facebook Group as well as other similar groups available throughout the internet. Thank you for your article as it helps people in the preparedness community plan their actions before acting on their plans. It's nice to think that we'll have advanced notice because our super-prepper powers keep us aware of things others would ignore, but it's simply not true. I also am consistent in plugging my cell phone in the charger in the car when I get in, even though it doesn’t need it.
While you may not have a lot of these kinds of supplies in a “Bug Out Bags” I suggest you storing these kinds of items in larger containers that you can easily grab on your way out. Because if I do run into trouble I want to have the strongest possible battery in the event I’ve got to go a long time without the opportunity to recharge. During the summer some of the water in the jug dissipates, but I am certain to always refill it. Understand that there may very well come a time when travel is forbidden under the “wrong” circumstances.
This is yet another reason why getting out of the city sooner rather than later is a favorable strategy. Keep in mind that any plan to relocate elsewhere must be supplemented by the resources you need to do so. A half tank of gas won’t get you from Ohio to Idaho, of course, and it’s unlikely that in such a scenario you’ll have unfettered access to more fuel. So either plan on taking your needed fuel with you, or be sure your place of refuge is realistic for the distance you’re able to travel safely in your vehicle or on foot—which brings a whole other set of considerations—tune in later for more on this topic.

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