We all agree that living in a city during an event is not the ideal situation. We see the risks involved in living there as high for several reasons;
- There are too many people there who won’t or can’t move.
- Many of these people are feral and quite willing to use weapons.
- There is virtually no privacy.
- Leaving during or immediately after an event will be next to impossible.
- Leaving after the initial exodus will find the roads blocked.
- Gardens are small and there are few areas where you can grow your crops in secret.
- You are only a short distance away from almost everything.
- There are a lot of places where you can be watched an ambushed.
These mean that the risk is much higher you will be spotted and your home raided. There may only be a few people in your area but they can very quickly find out where there are people in your area and where there is any food at all. The survivors will likely be more than happy to use whatever means to obtain whatever you have and will have no hesitation in killing you if you get in their way.
So based on the above we can all agree that living in a city after an event is a high risk activity.
Two things you have to remember though;
- Unprepared people survive most events.
- Preparing reduces risk and increases your survival chances.
So you know the major disadvantages and we have discussed before some of the advantages so let us look at what you can do to improve your chances of survival.
First of all we talk about coming the Grey Man. Someone that nobody notices in the crowd. In the city that is OK while we are prepping but after we want to be a ghost not grey. We need to do what we can to stay out of the way. That may be easier said than done and although you may not be able to move out of the city you can move to improve your position. Something that is not overlooked is ideal. Perhaps high up or behind an industrial estate. There are a few places around. Go out at night when you have too.
There is then the waste requirement, either our own waste or simply food waste. You need to dispose of this so it is not apparent that someone is there. People will wander during the day and a new bin bag will attract attention. Find somewhere to dispose of it where it will be invisible or not found.
OPSEC is critical here. No light pollution, no noise pollution as either of these would attract predators.
You should slso keep your eyes and ears open. Listen in on radios and watch what is going on outside your home. Set tin can traps and erect barriers trying to make them look natural as much as you can. It will give you advanced warning of scavangers.
I’d also be watching where I put my stores. There must be hundreds of places that you could store your preps where they would be safe. The issue you will have is getting them there in the first place without being detected. Just make sure that you don’t have to make too much noise retrieving them.
Another advantage you may have is that you may be able to acquire some firearms from some of the bad guys in your area. Just try and get something with a suppressor, you don’t want a gun fight with an intruder as that will give away your location.
It is all about thinking ahead. We all prep for the same things; to feed ourselves, to be able to drink, to grow food, etc. So we need to look at each area but add on the additional work of thinking about it in a built up area. So concern yourself with hiding from blocks of flats or if you are already in one how to gain access secretly and secure the area. After all when the power goes nobody is going to be walking up and down the stairs all day. Consider destroying the stairs in key locations to cause delays and problems.
It isn’t certain what will happen. Too many variables and scenarios available and living in a city is just another variable. We all have an element of risk but as with everything else the more planning you can do for your particular environment the better your chances.
It is all about adaptability. The city survivors will have it and so must you.