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July 09, 2019 2 min read

Living safely in a crowded, often chaotic urban area with higher population densities is difficult enough without the added complication of a natural or manmade disaster. Although seasoned survivalists recommend bugging out of an urban setting as soon as possible before or immediately after a disaster or emergency situation arises, something could prevent you from departing ASAP.  If you are hunkering down in an urban area during the aftermath of a disaster,these tips can help you survive a potentially dangerous environment:

  • If you have to go outdoors, keep low profile by remaining as inconspicuous and quiet as possible. Carry a walking stick, broomstick, pepper spray or other weapon when venturing outside. If the situation has severely deterioriated, considering carrying a handgun for protection
  • Hang black-out curtains over your windows to prevent looters from looking into your windows. Since law enforcement may be unreliable during a disaster, you should take care to secure your residence by boarding up windows, making sure locks are properly working and warning anyone who tries to enter that you are armed.
  • Food may be hard to find after a disaster. Cooking food on an outdoor barbecue or in a fire pit may attract looters who smell the food. Keep plenty of MREs available that do not require cooking but instead, can be heated and opened without producing odors.
  • Stash extra cash in waterproof, airtight lockboxes
  • Keep a six month supply of food, water, medical/first aid items and cleaning products stocked in a basement or pantry
  • When running low on water, collect rainwater in barrels or other storage containers. Water from nearby lakes or streams is always another source of water but you will need to boil the water or add water purifying tablets before drinking.
  • If the electricity is out, turn flashlights into lamps by attaching a flashlight to a plastic milk jug filled with water. The light will distribute more evenly around a room.

Power outages will happen during most natural or manmade catastrophes. In addition to batteries, flashlights, candles and lighters, make sure you have a crank-operated radio on hand, small fire extinguisher, generator and a manual can opener to decrease reliance on electricity. To keep refrigerated items cold, have ten plastic, two liters bottles frozen with water always handy to place in your refrigerator in times of no power.

Bugging Out--When You Have to Get Out with Short Notice

Bug out bags should be checked and updated every three months to replace expired over-the-counter medications and to ensure items are still usable. Essential items for an urban bug out bag include:

  • Beef jerky
  • Protein bars/granola bars/candy bars (Paydays, Snickers)
  • Freeze-dried foods
  • Packs of instant oatmeal
  • Instant potatoes/instant macaroni and cheese cups
  • Trail mix
  • Bandages/roll of gauze
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Ibuprofen/aspirin
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Iodine tablets to purify water
  • Mylar survival blanket

Disasters can happen at any moment in an urban environment--floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, electromagnetic pulse (EMP) strikes and quickly spreading infections. Be ready with a plan to maximize your chances of survival during a catastrophe. Shop Valley Food Storage today to start preparing for the next disaster to strike