posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 04:54 PM
Hello! I am a bit new to survival... Just wondering (and hoping) I could run a few things by... My city is a virtual death trap; should I stay or
should I go? If I can survive longer than the amount of time that other people would take to *die*, should I stay in the city? Because Bugging Out
would not work well... there is nowhere much to go. My house is within walking distance of the hills surrounding the city; I could pop up there in
about 10 minutes and disappear into the bush... but do I want to stay in the city and stick it out?
I say deathtrap because where I live is in a city (a SMALL city) of about 100,000 people. In the summer it gets up to 40ºC, in the winter -30ºC. We
rarely get rain; fire is a very large danger though. There is a river and some small streams as water sources, most of which are hard to access (the
streams, not the river). There are very few farms nearby, the majority being about an hour-long drive away (about 80 km) to the east. Most of the soil
in town is poor, but I have a large garden with good soil, as do my neighbors. Thus, the majority of our food is imported from other places (in
general, 500km to 2500km away). We are at little risk for earthquakes and volcanoes (excepting giant ones...), and are high enough to avoid almost any
tsunami (a 1km tall mountain range is in between me and the ocean).......
So, this is my question: What should I do in the case of Situation X? I mean, I know it is so variable, but in general I am thinking of staying...
this is why: If there is no electricity, the water pumps would not work and thus people would have to go get water from the river or one of the
streams (which are grooooooss). In the summer, without AC people would need lots of water; in the winter they'd need cold-weather gear and the
strength and tools to hack through a few feet of ice, or find snow to melt all the while not freezing.
As I see it, the river and stream can become very quickly contaminated and people will fall ill if they do not know how to purify the water (rather
unlikely if the power is off....) and with no medicine that = BAD.
So, I say three days no power and people start dying from dehydration/illness and then an outbreak of disease is VERY likely...... Those that do know
how to purify would then be looking for food rather swiftly (if they hadn't stocked up...), perhaps going from house to house?
The food supply here in town I'd say would last about a week if everyone was eating; if there was a decrease in the population as mentioned above,
the supply is indeterminate. But either way, it will run out eventually... maybe a few months, maybe a year.
I, on the other hand, have two über green thumbs and am able to grow plants alarmingly well (I don't mean to brag...) and if the Sit-X happened,
should I stay put or bug out?
If you could go through situation per situation, I'd REALLY apreciate it. Or, some information and ideas would be GREAT!!!
Thanks very much!!
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[edit on 13-4-2009 by Cariaddi]