When you live in a big city, some of the most common prepping advice may not apply to you. An apartment dweller would have a hard time growing two acres of crops and raising livestock, for example. This does not mean that living in a big city means you are zoomed if disaster strikes, Hollywood disaster movies aside. But, you will need to adapt your preparations and plans to your situation.
Big cities are interesting. They are at once a wealth of resources and a drain on them. Cities aren’t usually self sustaining. They need to get most of their resources elsewhere. At the same time, they are often have a lot of stored resources, such as food in grocery stores, fuel stored in tanks and more. Of course, they also have a lot of people who may be after all of those resources.
Developing a Plan of Action to Get Out
If you live in a big city, you will need to figure out if you will stay in the city or leave, when you would leave, how you would get out, and where you would go. There are risks to any decision, so it is important to run the scenarios ahead of time. It may be easier to get out at the beginning of a threat, but might be impossible if you wait too long. Then again, get out too quickly, and you may run into trouble.
With so many people around, and not enough space to build a safe bunker, getting out, for most situations, might be the best option.
City preppers should always have a reliable car, filled with gas and stocked with bug out bags that include at least three days of food per person, filled prescriptions, cash, and basic medical supplies. Learn more about bug out bags here.
What You Need When Staying in a City
If you decide to stay, there are some major things you need in a city, more so than a rural prepper.
- An overabundance of food supplies. Expect others to come to you either for help or to steal. Find any space you can to store food. Turn it into furniture, if you must, but stock as much as possible.
- A way to protect yourself and your family. There will be a lot of people panicking, and people are dangerous in a panic. You will need close “combat” weapons, such as pepper spray or a taser, as well as first defense items, such as a trip wire. If you can manage a pet, a large guard dog is a good idea.
- A trusted network of neighbors, family or friends. Making connections is even more important in a city, when banding together may be the only way to survive.
- Adequate face masks and goggle to protect against airborne hazards, which are more likely to be a threat in a city.
- Black out curtains. A disaster is likely to bring a power outage with it. Light will draw people right to your door, and that could be a bad thing.
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