reply to post by AliceBleachWhite
Alice, is there a situation brewing in the cities that is requiring thoughts about fortifying at the moment? I'm wondering. I've been staying away
from them recently.
I've no foresight, awareness, or inkling about any sort of anything that could affect anyone anywhere on the scale of SHTF.
There's Yellowstone, sure, but, that's Yellowstone and it's anyone's guess when that will go, or not.
As far as urban concentrations go, it's counter-intuitive, but, barring something like a terrorist attack that targets urban concentrations, or some
other event that makes the city uninhabitable, a large city is probably a much better place to shelter and set up shop than anywhere else since as a
matter of course most people will go running for the "hills", all the places that panicked people will run to like lemmings will become the stuffs of
nightmare filled with starvation, person on person predation for supplies, exploitation, murder, overcompetition for the sparse resources available in
the "hills" and other such.
Meanwhile, back in the big cities that have been so recently depopulated, there's a lower concentration of human threats and competition for
resources, as well as one's pick of now empty, unused and easily fortified and defendable buildings. As well, every city typically has a warehouse
district which serves as point of distribution to all the innumerable business chains.
Find the warehouse district and one will have supplies enough to last decades.
On top of that, in most cities, there's solar powered road signs where the solar panels can be scavenged along with all the batteries, alternators,
and even fuel from abandoned vehicles.
Tall buildings offer wonderful positions for setting up wind power, as well as roof-top gardens that can be defended.
Also, where hardware stores in small communities and towns will get picked clean by people passing through and locals, tools and material supplies in
cities will be much easier to come by.
All in all, urban environments, especially so with a moderate community group together could do quite very well in exploiting the resources of a city,
much more so than risking all the competition with those on the run.
Additionally, if it's home ground, there's home ground familiarity advantage; something one loses immediately upon going on the run anywhere.
There's certainly arguments against staying in a city, but, when one considers the overwhelming mass of an entire population fleeing FROM cities, and
not only having to deal with the logistics of living on the run, but also dealing with other people on the run that have been stripped of the polite
trappings of civilization, the risks in running compared to staking out familiar ground that can be defended with the help of others can speak toward
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