Originally posted by DeusEx
Wow...that makes attempting the exfil from an urban area almost seem worth it.
I think it is certainly worth exfil, even if the place is a war zone. If distance isn't too much of a problem though, find somewhere not far from the
city so that you can get out by foot, bike, or similar. Remember what the freeways out of New Orleans looked like? And that was a pretty decent exfil
situation comparatively speaking- none of the drivers were dying behind the wheel from illness, shooting, etc and the roads hadn't been damaged.
My top 3 would be pretty similar to yours, except I'm not very concerned about nuclear war, and I'd just generalize disorder for simplicity sake. So
2. Region-specific natural disasters (in my case Earthquakes).
3. Any civil disorder (Immigration riots, economic collapse, and terrorist (or government) attacks on infrastructure are near the top of this
So, I'm thinking as well that eating of urban birds, especially with the bird flu about, is a Very Bad Idea.
For the most part I agree, but being stuck in the city during birdflu will after a while leave you between the devil and the deep blue sea where food
is concerned, so once I was near starvation I'd burn the devil to a crisp and hope that made him fit to eat, unless something slightly less
disease-ridden was available.
Gardening is an option, but you really couldn't start in sufficient quantity before the disaster struck, unless your land lord really doesn't care
what you do to the roof of his building. So you still have to get by for a while while your crops are coming up, and to sustain yourself for long
you'll need a fair sized area, and you've got to defend it. Then there are seasons to consider- can you grow year round in your city?
If I lived in an urban area, my first choice really would be to try and walk or bicycle out.
The kit in my home would then be pretty small. Binoculars, assault rifle, as much canteen capactiy as practical, sexy paper anti-sars mask, 1 set of
layerable clothes (worn), and any small but expensive gear you'll be needing.
Then have a cache with your heavier but cheaper gear hidden somewhere reasonably safe outside of the city, but hide it with the knowledge you may
never see it again, and from time to time go see that its still there. You may want to have a surplus army tent, some tarp, blankets, extra clothing,
canned food, etc there. I wouldn't go for very nice gear on any of that- like i said, you're leaving a bunch of stuff out in the boondocks and you
may never see it again.
memorize the location very specifically by a means other than GPS or removable terrain features. I recommend triangulation. Shoot azimuths from your
cache location to a specific point on two prominent terrain features (ideally one to your left and one to your right). Thas the only place where you
can get those two angles together, so to find it again you shoot your azimuths and move accordingly (if both angles are too wide, you have to move
farther away, too shallow, move closer, one shallow, one wide, you need to move laterally, etc.)