posted on Sep, 26 2005 @ 11:57 AM
An Urban Perspective
Usually when discussing survival in an emergency sitution people tend to discuss stocking up on goods, protection, ammo, etc, etc. I have never
understood this as right now more people live in cities than at any other point in history. Sure in case of an emergency, if in the right position,
stocking up would prove to be a wise investment. From the personal shelters of the cold war era, to the survivalist training of the 90's, it would
seem that Americans always are training for that big "what if". This of course is always limited to the rural and suburban resident though.
What about those that do not have somewhere to sit and wait? What about those that do not have the luxury of acres of land isolating them from
the nearest human? What about those in the suburbs, who, unbeknownst to them are about one step away from the chaos that is expected to ravage the
innercities in case of any emergency, natural or manmade?What do they do? Stock up and wait in their apartments for the troops to come around, only to
be quarantined and herded to god knows where?
For these people mere stocking up is not going to be enough, for those in the cities supplies are the least of their worries. For those in the
city who would care to survive such an event, I suggest a few extra measures to be considered. I for one have no intention of waiting around for
quarantine orders to be enforced.
First off only the minimum will be necessary if one is planning on leaving any metropolitan area. Take only what you need to survive for a few days.
If a car is available, only enough to fill the car, if a car is not available, then a large backpack would be best, of course with a motorcycle you
can probably carry somewhere between the two.
There is always time to get more supplies, never time to get another life. I suggest lots of Ammo, and H2O, these items will probably be the most
valuable for trade, and even if one is not willing to trade, then at least you always have plenty of ammo to try and convince him otherwise. H2O is of
course heavy (8 odd lbs per gl) So if one is on foot, then don't plan on carrying much water. Invest in a small camping filter, or even brita. If one
is smart enough to leave before the shiz hits the fan, then tap should still be widely available, and fairly safe.
If a vehiclce is not an option then weight must be considered. Think light. Beef jerkey, nuts, granola. Things that do not need to be
refrigerated, yet don't weigh a ton. Screw camping supplies like burners, lamps and what not, if one has a destination, then a backpack full of
jerkey, nuts and granola is more than enough to get you there.
One should have an extra supply of medicines, in the event that you can not get to the pharmacy on time. Besides, not all of our prescriptions
are available at the pharmacy either, so procure what you need.
Heavy clothes are a must. Heavy jeans, Boots, jacket, etc.
Small sleeping mat, and blanket.
Guns, and ammo. I can not stress this enough, especially if you live in california. If something like this were to happen, one would be foolish to go
Whatever your favourite fruit vegetable or herb, in the event that 30-40% of humanity is wiped out, I think it safe to say there will be a siginfigant
disruption in trade and commerce for a while. Seeds aer light, and if thigs progressively get worse, then starting to plant your own food might
eventually be your only option. When one compares what they weigh, and how much space they take to their production potential, they appear to be worth
it in the long run, Hey after all this is a what if scenario, yeah, what if things get real bad then? Then what?
Have a destination
First and foremost you should have a destination. I do not plan on leaving in such an event only to fulfill childhood mad max fantasies. I for one
plan on leaving to be safe, and to make sure my loved ones are safe. I have no intention of camping in the wilderness waiting for things to breeze by
either, unless of course it's absolutely necesarry.
Any family members, or friends on the outskirts of town, county, etc. Those would be the first places to go, maybe to check on loved ones, maybe to
see if more supplies can be had, or are needed. I personally have family roughly 90 minutes outside the city, and in fairly empty country. I also have
a few family members stretched along the way in various suburbs, that I can stop and visit along the way.
Know your area
Know the area you live in. In most major cities, neighborhoods, or burroughs stretch out to others, and sometimes are surrounded by suburbs for
hundreds of miles in each direction. Knowing your immediate, and general area will give you a better understanding of how to get out of town without
using the major highways. One look at the evacuations of N.O, and Huston, and one need not ask why one should avoid all major highways. Not only will
they be filled with frightened sheeple, they also make citizens sitting ducks for federal forces. In the event of a quarantine you think they are just
going to let the people on the freeway leave? I don't think so.
Plan Multiple Routes
Anything other than a major highway is your best bet for travel. Surface streets often stretch for miles, and if one travels at night this betters the
chance of not running into traffic or congestion. Have multiple routes down just in case you find that one route has already been blocked, or is about
to be (via HH Radio).
One possibility I have researched that will do for anyone out west, or south west are the "washes". You know the giant serpentine concrete
aquaducts that run all throughout the SW? These are perfectly viable avenues of escape that most people are never in anyways. They are large enough
for a car, pass underground at many points, and are a straight shoot to many places far away from the city and suburbs. In the event of a quarantine,
the streets will probably be the first priority, in all honesty this is how I plan on getting out. So, even if you are a skeptic and wait to see the
troops on the streets, you still might have a chance.
Of course this all depends on if one is a survivor or not. In the case of an outbreak, quarantine measures will probably be strictly enforced. Travel
at night when you can, take all means other than major highways, know what you are doing and CYA. If caught breaking quarrantine orders, one could
very easily end up in the very situation he was trying to avoid, so be careful.
If you live in a city you might want to think about some of the above.
I hope this is all hype though...if not, good luck everyone.
[edit on 26-9-2005 by phoenixhasrisin]