As excommando.stated, being in an urban/city environment when TSHTF is the last place you ever want to be for any extended period what so ever, and by
extended period I mean 24hrs Max, 12 is the ideal maximum timeframe. Urban survival plus close quarter combat equals imminent death 98% of the
As a former US Navy SWCC Operator I have extensive training in survival, urban CQC, guerilla tactics and SERE training and even with that the last
place I want to be for any extended period in an urban setting. I have a plan in place for myself and my family in the event of such a scenario and we
have preset rendezvous points established in the event we are seperated at the time of an event.
Regardless of where you are located or the size of the city you are in you can feasibly bug out rather quickly if you are planned and prepared.
Remember, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Even if you are unable to to use a vehicle, worst case scenario you can hoof it out of town in 24
hrs tops. Remember also that for everyday you spend in a metropolitan urban area you cut your chances of survival by 25%.
Forget the idea of "hunkering down" in your home, neighborhood, or suburb, if you choose to do this then save yourself alot of money and planning,
instead buy one bullet and use it on yourself when TSHTF, you'll save yourself a lot of unnecessary suffering. I know that may sound cold but you
asked for advice and I'm trying to be as honest as possible and give you some real usable advice without blowing smoke up your hindside.
In a SHTF urban scenario you not only have to worry about the initial SHTF scenario but also the secondary lateral scenarios of looting, riots, armed
gangs, and disease. To put it in perspective just look at the violence in metro and urban areas in our "stable" society now. Now just imagine what it
would be like with no civil services including law enforcement, fire and healthcare services, food, water, electricity, or god forbid internet
It will turn into a Mad Max or Book of Eli scenario nearly overnight. Best case scenario for food and water availability would be 5 days max.
My suggestion to anyone living in urban areas is to recon the outlying areas near where you live that could be a feasible intermediate staging area
where you can rest, gather your thoughts and senses,and get mentally acclimated to what you are about to endure. Next start putting together a good
bailout bag and include for the most part only the bare necessities. Add too much to your bag and you'll be sorry half way through your bug out
A good start that I would recommend for getting an idea on what you will need in your bag would be the US Army Survival Manual FM 21-76, US Military
Pocket Survival Guide Plus Evasion and Recovery (this manual is included the survival kits of all US Military branches), US Navy SERE Training Manual,
or SAS Survival Guide. You can find all of the military manuals online in PDF format or on Amazon.
The amount of gear you need in your BoB will depend on your own personal abilities and training, my suggestion for a BOB is 2 days change of socks and
underwear, 3 days worth of food and water with a weeks worth of high Carb snacks, a good knife, first aid kit, a couple of rat traps (can catch some
tasty critters with them if your not proficient at trap building), a small spool of braided fishing line-30lb test (many uses), some fish hooks (can
be used for catching more than just fish), good firestarter of your choice, tetraglycine hydroperiodide tablets to purify water (should still boil),
and protection from elements (depends on your location). You can add to this depending on your own personal needs.
I would also include a weapon of some type, not just for defense but procurement of much needed food. Once you arrive in your predetermined staging
are you will be able to procure food from the various resources available. In choosing a weapon think functionality, for a firearm my choices would be
a small, lightweight long gun such as mini14, Ruger 10/22, Winchester 30-30 or 44-40 brushgun, or shotgun, just remember keep it light and compact,
conserve ammo and only use when needed. Other weapon choices would be bow, slingshot, or spear.
Your biggest tool in survival is your ability to remain calm, keep a level head, and use your brain. Remember also when forced to survive you may have
to let go of some of your civility and rely on your animal instincts but you should always stay connected to your humanity or you will be Jo better
than those you are trying to escape. After all we are all animals, if you will thing like an animal you will find that food sources are everywhere,
grasses, insects, berries, animals, the list goes on.
The will to live is your best tool and expectations are your worst enemy. As the ancient Chinese saying goes, "expectations are the source of all
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