reply to post by Millions
Unfortunately no one can answer this for you. I have only ONE answer, which you will probably resent. In the case of a massive emergency, GET OUT OF
THE CITY. If you have to exfil on foot, by train, bus or plane; do whatever you have to.
Every situation requires its own set of responses. There are very few basics for survival that your instincts don't already know, if only
If you are wanting to be prepared in-general to survive on your own for a while:
-Read up on everything relating to your local surroundings. This includes geography, history, studying both flora and fauna, how to grow foods. What
grows well and where. Get hard copies of this information. Knowing your surroundings is more valuable than any tool.
-Have a means to hunt and/or defend yourself. That is obviously much easier here in the United States, but simple tools such as knives and machetes
can be utilized to construct weapons. These are more valuable for hunting than anything.
-Stock up on clothing for the seasonal extremes of your climate. Make sure you have STRONG AND DURABLE boots or other heavy duty footwear.
-Stock up on essential tools: Axes, shovels, backpacks, lanterns, matches, etc.
-Make sure you have basic first-aid supplies available. I also recommend keeping some form of prescription-strength antibiotics around.
It's best to guide yourself down this path rather than to have someone tell you what you need. My background is with the The United States Army's
Special Forces where an individual is molded into a man able to survive by his own right. The brain is more valuable than 12 months of water and food
stores. Amassing knowledge and honing your brain to adapt on the fly and remain logical and calm is your best bet.
What I mean by this is walk through whichever doomsday scenario you can imagine. Step-by-step, analyze your needs. In your case I would recommend some
camping supplies and a tent, because major metropolitan areas turn into "Mad Max"-esque hell holes VERY quickly. If a catastrophic incident occurs
that will likely effect millions and kill all utilities, get the hell out of the city as soon as possible. People will generally resort to looting
rushes or succumb to incapacitating fear before they turn on each other. That gives most able-bodied men and women the ability to get out of dodge
with little trouble.
You can listen to the fear-junkies rattle off $20,000 worth of doomsday supplies or the kids talk about which Bruce Lee-inspired martial arts you need
to master to make it through. The bottom line is that there is no simple answer to your question. Once your predicament comes to fruition, if loaded
with knowledge, you can react to it on your own, without following some fool's guide book. Stocking supplies en-mass in your apartment will only keep
you stationary in the city longer. This is valuable time that is necessary to get beyond the city's limits and start finding a place to set up camp.
Stocked supplies will eventually run out, and they generally make you a giant target in an urban environment. If you have a place in the country to
store your goods, well then its certainly not bad to have them, but in that case that is where you should be heading in such an emergency any way.
I wish survival was as simple as buying goods. It's far from it. Reading, researching and applying that knowledge hands-on is the only true way to
survive such a desperate scenario. Start now and then start applying it in the great outdoors as a weekend warrior.