posted on Nov, 2 2012 @ 07:32 PM
Look, in any city you're in trouble. There is a limited supply of resources, and there are more mouths to feed. If you happen to have a situation
previously mentioned where someone is in control of those resources, you're in more trouble.
The thing I always think of with city limit prepers, is what are you going to do when your neighbours come knocking, their neighbours, and so on. You
could say yes, or no. In a situation where you have resources and no one else does, you're in danger. You would have to offer up pretty much all of
your stash and convince them you have nothing more to keep them from storming and taking what you have by violent means. Because let's face it, the
easiest survival skill is stealing from someone else.
Inside a city you run into other problems. When you run out of food, whether it be what you've stored, or what you can find what now? Wild life in a
city is usually pests, and if there is no food around they will leave and depending on the crisis necessary to be prepared they could be long gone.
Animals tend to leave before natural disasters strike. Man made disasters would likely kill, or drive them out as well. Sprawling city scapes don't
make good hunting grounds. Then there comes the issue of drinkable water. Most prepers are preparing for no food or energy. No energy, whether it be
man made or natural causes all sorts of trouble in a city. Sewers back up, plumbing doesn't run water to any near by man made source, and it's
likely the nearest natural source will become contaminated with the dead or sewage which if you drink this water will lead to dysentery which will
likely kill you or your family members with out necessary means to fight off the infection.
Really, the best prep is get yourself out of the city with basic needs. An axe, a reusable source to create fire, and some handy survival knowledge of
wild edibles and skills/tools to hunt.
I don't think any amount of prepping aside from finding long standing natural sources and skills for survival will aid anyone for long the long term.
It just can't be done, unless you're willing and able to put in the work after the fact.
Short term you want food, water, medicine and some fuel, source of fire. Whether this be wood, propane, charcoal it's up to you. I'm simply being
realistic. These extreme prepers gathering ammo, mass stores of food and medicine are setting themselves up. If the disaster destroys what you have,
what then? If the disaster is long term, do you think you're safe with 100's or thousands of others looking for resources? Unless you've prepared
for providing survivors with supplies and shelter as well, you're only making yourself a target for desperate individuals. You will run out of
bullets eventually, and is it worth it to risk your own injury in fight to keep your family safe? You may have guns, bullets, bows, knives, swords
hell maybe you have claymore mines, but someone else can just as easily have weapons, and come after what you have.
I see prepers usually, families arming up and stockpiling supplies, but what is the size of an average family? Can an average family fend off unknown
numbers of individuals who likely have weapons and can use them just as well, maybe even better ? What about the fact you mentioned earlier, if
national guardsmen, marines, police or what have you are appointed to control gas, food, etc would they not try to take you down for what you have
hoarded being that they are now in control of the very resources you're sitting on? Difference being they are trained and equipped to deal with armed
individuals in combat.
Best bug out gear in my eyes is as I've mentioned earlier, axe, saw, knife reusable fire starter, tools and skills for hunting, finding wild edibles,
knowing where long term sources of fresh water and food can be found. Something to provide shelter, whether this is tarps and ground mats, or the
knowledge to build shelter for the weather.
I guess the best of all of this is getting into good physical shape before hand. Mentally with the skills needed, and physically to apply them.
Walking, running, physical labour and problem solving skills will be your best tools for survival. No gun, stash of non-perishable food, or mass of
ammunition will do you better.