Skip to comments.Cities – A Prepper’s Nightmare & Solutions
Posted on 04/10/2012 6:53:21 PM PDT by Kartographer
Is it a coincidence that all of my nightmares occur in big cities? While it may be a personality glitch, I find that considering the dangers you face in the event of an emergency while living in a city, my nightmares may be justified. If you live in a city buckle up. As a prepper you will have to work extra hard to make your emergency plan viable. And while I make no judgments on city dwellers, I must say MOVE! For your own safety MOVE! Move, move, move, move, move. Okay. I think I got it all out.
Now I understand that not everyone can just pick up and move because some lady on the internet says so. So if you are in the situation where you must stay in the city here are a few things you MUST have in your emergency preparedness plan.
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I'll take you are referring to the ones on the more extreme end of the spectrum. There are many, many more like myself who are 'preppers' w/o the fortress in the woods preparing for more likely disasters and situations. If nothing else, Katrina showed that people are not as robust anymore in urban areas. At least my supplies will give me some buffer should things start down hill and my situational awareness allow me and my family to get out of harms way when the entitlement mob runs out of things to burn downtown and moves to the suburbs.
I have spoken to many of the local constabulary and to a man...this is what they say they will happen in extreme circumstances such as we are prepping for.
Being in a city can be nice when things go wrong. Infrastructure tends to have more redundancy in densely populated areas. When we had a big freeze a couple of years ago that caused the gas company to turn off a few neighborhoods there’s tons of stores to buy electric heaters in. A couple of years before that my neighborhood had a long blackout (well long for us, 18 hours) but it was just 2 square miles or so that were effected, the 2 nearest grocery stores were fine, nearby restaurants were fine. The S doesn’t tend to HTF nearly as hard in cities.
If we get there, we'll be alright. It won't be easy, but we'll survive, not because of my guns, but because there will be 25 people or so there whom I can trust with my life. We won't be wolves, but we won't be prey either.
True, but government is also going to find nobody home at my address if it gets to that point. They’ll have other things to worry about than some 30 something and his family trying to stay out of their way as much as I hope they stay out of mine.
Because it has in the past, at least locally. I think part of the major problem is because modern society has had it so easy combined with suburbanization/urbanization. No electricity? Panic. Even 80 years ago, there was a much larger rural society.
Even in the stable US, there's been the 1930's depression, the Long Depression in the late 1800's, the Indian Wars, the Civil War and Bleeding Kansas before that, the frontier, occasional riots, and Hurricane Katrina (and massive looting in N.O.)
Why are we here in the US today? In a lot of cases, it's because of SHTF happening in the lands of the ancestors.
Do I expect doomsday? No. Do I expect trouble? At some point. My big concern for the cause. Energy.
Over my dead body. Literally. See my tagline.
(My guess is you die.)
Yup. But not the first to do so. Nor second or third or 20th.
That is the most likely scenario in my view.
An economic collapse that will make diesel fuel, fuel oil, coal, etc. far too expensive or rare for any trucks or trains to roll, any electrical gas or coal fired electrical generating plants to run which also means no water or city controlled sewage disposal. The food supply chain is broken. The lights go out, the sewers back up and fresh water is no longer coming from the tap.
Think about how delicate the whole system is to survive a "burp" in the flow of essential fuels.
I think it’s really a hobby. Of course they won’t admit it’s a hobby, but like you say there really isn’t much historical precedent Unless you live in hurricane country, those people get to bug out all the time (why I’d never live there). All the major doomsday options I believe in playing the odds, if it’s that bad odds are I’ll be dead anyway. But for most folks it’s kind of like playing the lottery only in reverse, people buy lottery tickets then dream about how awesome life will be if they win, which they won’t, but the dreams are there; preppers do their prepping and think about how awesome it will be to be the survivors while all others fall in the chaos if the SHTF, which it won’t, but they’ve got their dreams. Looking at some of these ideas it can be an expensive hobby, but so’s by DVD/CD/book collection. They have fun with theirs, I have fun with mine.
Its not a hobby, its an insurance policy.
I’ve lived in Hurricane country and have been threatened by or hit by roughly 15 hurricanes. I’ve never bugged out nor do I plan to for anything less than a cat 5. In that case the storm surge would cover the first floor of my house so i wouldn’t have much choice.
Notice I explicitly called out people living in hurricane country as different because they frequently actually do need to bug out. The other 80% of the real estate in this country pretty much never bugs out, for them it’s a hobby.
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