Journal Entry #5 Urban Survival: How to See a City of Destruction and Treat it as a Trove of Resources.


Urban survival can be very difficult to understand but this will give you an outline of how to build and develop your skills and equipment to make any populated area your own personal supply cache. You can be put in a lot of different situations that will require this set of skills such as natural disaster, marshall law, EMP, or some form of resource drought. If you wake up and there is no electricity, water, and internet/ cell signal, you can still survive.

A few things to consider for self preservation and prosperity are your personal health, resource management, navigation, scavenging, self defense, tapping resources, hunting, and equipment.  Though you cannot prepare for every possible outcome, here are 8 ways you can work on skills required to be self sufficient in an urban environment

●     1. Personal Health Personal health is number one on my list of consideration. This means good diet and fitness. You need to have basic cardio and strength abilities so you can go collect the things you need. Make a guaranteed workout time for each day to build these skills. You may also need the mental fortitude to handle stressful situations.  

●  2. Resource Management and Collection   You can lengthen the amount of time you are self reliant with basic resource management and collection. You need to have at least one month of food and water for each member of the household. These resources need to be in an internal room with no direct door to the outside so as to deter looting and give you more time to get rid of intruders. Before you run out you need a plan of action and know what locations have what resources so you can collect efficiently. Practicing the buddy system is ideal.

○     3.Navigation/ Planning

You need to carefully plan routes with plenty of coverage, so perhaps an ally-way or trail between neighborhoods. In planning you need to know your destination, contingency plans, alternate routes, and a rendezvous point if someone gets lost.

●     4. Lock-Picking/  Scavenging

When scavenging, you are looking for carbs and calories.  You can’t carry it all so choose the most valuable or non-perishable items. And for other resources you may want to hide for later to make the next trip more efficient and safe. In scavenging, it is also important to  quietly entering a location with resources and be prepared to break your way past an obstacle.

●     5. Self Defense

Not every person you meet will wave and give you a smile. Be prepared to handle a threat that comes your way. Always try to avoid confrontation with aggressive people. You may in some cases need to use  self defense to get a threat off of you by resorting toas your hands, pepper spray, sharp objects, or firearms ( as a last resort.) learning a form of martial arts or fighting technique is a good idea.

●  6. Tapping Resources

Whatever resources have been cut off can be re-established with some tinkering and planning. So let's look at priorities.

●   Water

You can start your first few days by tapping a hot water heater. Locate the lower drain port that would normally feed the house and undo it just long enough to fill a sanitary container. Be careful because there will be a good bit of pressure from the height of the water heater. A larger combination wrench works great for all the different size pipe fittings.

●    Electricity

This may be viewed as a luxury but if used correctly it may save your life.collect the neighborhoods car batteries and create a 110/120v system by having the batteries wired in parallel to create a large capacity 12v bank and then locate an AC converter and wire it in. Most all these batteries should be charged and can give you hours of electricity if you find enough.

●    Top Tip:If you are lucky enough to have a generator or running car use one of those to charge the battery bank when it is okay to make noise. Have silent power for later and keep lighting to a minimum.

●     7. Hunting

If you have run out of rations but your home still feels secure,  you need to hunt. leave your mind open to diet options because in an urban environment your best live food resource may be a racoon, squirrel, orr fox,if you are lucky. A .22lr firearm or crossbow works fine for anything around the neighborhood so make sure you are accurate and always practice your shot.

●     8. Equipment Equipment starts  with yourself-you have maintained good health and cardio as well as learning necessary skills to reliably get by in an urban environment. A good amount of attention needs to be angled towards your necessary equipment

○    Weapons

In case of looters or any threat of that nature, being well versed in the operation of weapons is per person is ideal.

○    Tools

If you want to establish electricity or water at the homestead or just make life easier, you will need a basic socket set, wire cutters, combination wrenches,  pliers to tear cars apart to materials, a pipe wrench, and perhaps an axe for wood.

○     Clothing

You want your clothing to be effective so you need trail running shoes or boots and a wardrobe that fits your climate and its changes.

○     Containers

You will need to keep and organize things as well as have storage for things you scavenge. This includes ziploc bags, cans, jars, or even a backpack for efficient resource gathering.


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