Surviving in an Urban Environment

While a remote hideout might be the ideal location for a post disaster survival stand that is not possible for everyone in every situation. Survival in an urban environment is not impossible, but it does pose some specific challenges and requires special preparation & skills.

There is no doubt that almost any survival expert will recommend making your final stand in a remote location, preferably one you are familiar with. But what happens when you are either unable to get to your camp, or have not yet prepared one? Do you have a right now plan that will allow you to survive in an urban setting? If you do not you better prepare one.

Challenges with urban areas

There are several reasons why an urban center should not be your first choice for making a stand.

1. Population centers

By their very design, urban areas have a higher population. This makes them prime targets for attack, more likely to suffer high casualties during disease outbreaks and are also more likely to be near other high value targets such as government centers or manufacturing complexes.

2. Lack of resources

Unlike remote or rural areas it is less likely that urban areas will provide the space or conditions necessary to grow food or livestock. Of course, there will be a larger supply of prepared food stocks, tools, clothing and transportation options- but there will also be a greater demand for these resources, so they will eventually run low.

3. Additional dangers

Hiding in the mountains will present multiple dangers such as wild animals or injuries. Being in the city will not escape these dangers and will add others to the list. Consider for a minute the possibility of roving gangs, falling or damages buildings and lack of fresh water (most is piped in from outside areas).

Advantages of being in the middle of everything

By now you are probably pretty discouraged about the possibility you could be trapped in the concrete jungle, but not everything is a negative. There are several positives for those trying to get by in these areas.

1. Plenty of housing available

Although the high rises, shopping malls and office complexes are normally wall to wall with people most will flee at the first sign of danger. Yes, there will be more people than in a remote area but there will also be a multitude of abandoned building ripe for homesteading. When you do find a place to call your own it will likely be sturdier and easy to secure than a shelter you would build yourself.

2. Scavenging opportunities

Being caught at work when SHTF may mean you are unable to access your stockpile, but that does not mean supplies are not available. Hospitals, hardware stores, sporting supply chains and grocery outlets will all offer supplies you would otherwise need to collect beforehand or do without- if you can get to them first.

3. Likely center of new government or resistance

Remote areas may be where the fighters and future leader hide until the time is right to make a stand, but urban areas are the most likely location for that stand when it comes. Being in one of these areas will make it easier to benefit from limited government functions or to assist with their efforts should you choose.

For additional information on surviving in an urban environment check out this YouTube video.

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