Bright lights, big city. There is something exciting about an urban setting. I’ve lived in a few large cities through the years so I know. Yet, there is something alarming about being so closed in with so many people. And there’s just too many chances for things to go wrong.
The good folks over at Prep For SHTF posted an article on Escape From Urban Madness and Survival. If you live in or near a big city or if you pass through them, please take a look.
Urban Attacks And Escape
Photo by Cityscape Residences.
“In September 2011, a survey, conducted by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health found that most Americans at the time were unprepared for a major disaster. The survey also concluded that those surveyed maintained a false sense of security with regard to what will happen if a major disaster or a terrorist attack took place.”
– Prep For SHTF
Yes, most people are not ready. In a city, that means you’re surrounded by higher numbers of the unprepared. And when something goes wrong, unprepared people panic. Incredibly, they are just as dangerous as the underlying problem.
However, if you prepare, you avoid this added trouble.
The unprepared rely on the government to save them. 911 truly is their lifeline – even for non emergencies. However, if the system goes down, they are hopeless.
Preppers and the self-reliant prepare to handle things on their own. When it’s every man for himself, the particular man has to be ready. He must protect himself and his family.
Cities are inviting targets for terrorists, criminals, and riotous mobs. This makes sense; the higher population means more criminal opportunity and impact.
Being prepared in the city means situational awareness. Know when things are getting bad. Then, if need be, know when to get out quick. Do not wait around to see how things turn out. You can do that later and from distant safety. And remember you are probably on your own. It is best to go ahead and just pretend you are.
The key to survival is adaptation. Adapt as the situation develops. Anticipate what is happening and distance yourself from it. If possible, use all those panicking others as a shield between you and the danger. Then escape. That may sound harsh but you did not create the danger. And the people are going to panic and act like sheep regardless. You might as well profit from their lack of insight and skill.
Photo by CNN / DailyMail.
Cities offer many great advantages. They also have more than their share of dangers. Recent “protests” – really mob violence – provide a snapshot of can go wrong.
Still, the dangers can be avoided. And if things get really bad, you can escape the craziness. Learn urban survival skills. Do not become a victim nor a statistic. That way you can enjoy urban benefits without worry of the problems.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.