Urban Survival in SHTF, at Home and in the City

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Urban Survival in SHTF, at Home and in the City

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When, if, it all breaks down, there will be no place like home (unless you must bug out). Most Americans live in and near cities these days. And, when it hits the fan, the cities will be the most dangerous places to be. So, it made sense to me to consider both safeguarding the homefront and addressing the nature of chaos in the urban environments.

 

Home Invasion and prevention of the same is the focus of a recent article at Off Grid Survival by Robert Richardson. Please read it carefully.

And, Urban Survival ran a feature by Carmela Tyrell about the Poor Choices that could endanger one while hiding, evading, and navigating through a larger city. Please read that as

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Photo (Pittsburgh, PA) by Pinterest.

 

Richardson lists out five factors that could actually make one’s home an inviting target for invasion. Please note, and do the opposite of, the following:

 

Blabbing

 

Whether or not you’re prepped, keep it quiet. The less everyone knows, the less the bad guys know.

 

Shut up on Social Media

 

Criminals often scope out homeowner behavior based on what gets posted on Facebook, etc. If they know you’re not home, they know the home is available. Keep it quiet.

 

Unlocked Doors and Windows

 

Duh. WHy not just leave them open with a “welcome” sign?

 

Alarm Overreliance

 

The alarm has its place but it is just one part of the puzzle. Consider it an alert if you’re home – time to grab the shotgun. If you’re away, maybe it will scare off the intruders. If not, it’s part of the insurance claim process. In no case is it foolproof.

 

Don’t give the bad guys places to hide.

 

Make them and their activities visible to others and they may pass you by. Trim the bushes and consider adding a security light or three.

 

These are simple things that could make all the difference at home.

 

For those times when you’re not home, when you’re in the middle of a larger urban area, Tyrell has 10 places you should avoid, for safety’s sake:

 

Let’s skip to it, based on what happened in Atlanta yesterday: the worst place to be is at the airport. Her list, with very good reasoning and explanation, involves either public places with many people or areas of high traffic. The idea is to avoid the people. So, stay away from:

 

Open Ground Spaces;

 

Tall Buildings;

 

Too many windows and access points;

 

Roadways, Etc.;

 

Schools;

 

Hospitals;


Churches;

 

Malls (Perrin says avoid them always…);

 

Shelters and Camps;

 

Places where you can’t hide or at least blend in.

 

In short, avoid the people and get out of the city ASAP. Go home, shot any intruder you find outside, go in, and ride it out.

 

All of this is easier said than done. Survival will require personalized consideration of many factors. It will require a plan. Devise one and be ready to run with it and revise it. Be ready, not a statistic.

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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