We all know preparation is key to increasing our survival odds so where better to start than your home. There is much that crosses over between all preps so I won’t be covering the absolute basics in what food stores to stock pile and the like. There are very good and informative guides here and discussions on the forum site that cover these subjects I wouldn’t attempt at bettering.
This guide attempts to cover steps to take in preparation of an urban survival situation starting at home to the outskirts of your locality. To keep it as short as possible to digest I have not gone in toomuch depth. Details on some of the things mentioned that can be categorised into their own parts are seperate where we can spend time examining specific techniques (entry methods etc).
That being said, lets start with part 1.
So we have our lists from the intro but let’s go over the items and add a few more. I’ll list them as kits for certain purposes but only for reference, obviously many items can be used for other jobs.
Bolt cutter, pocket screw driver – nut – hex sets, pry bars, pad locks, lock picks, torch (red filter).
General scavenging kit:
Wire cutters, pocket screw – nut – hex sets, pry bars, collapsible shovel, multiple sacks for swag, torch (red filter).
PPI (personal protective equipment):
Thick gloves, face mask (the medical ones are fine but so are the gas masks for the extra prepared… Both would be better), suitable footwear.
Although the same things as rural survivors you will likely have more opportunity to scavenge drugs. Think about that and at least prep to stock up for post event in your scavenging. Get a few Peltier coolers you can use to build makeshift refrigerators ideal for keeping medicines cool.
If your experienced with a bow; great you’ve likely stock piled already, if not then TAKE NOTE.
Buy an air rifle, if your inexperienced I’d suggest either .177 or .22 calibre (I prefer .22 for punching power though .177 is easier to get to grips with). Get a half decent scope. Stock up on pellets, learn to use the rifle safely, how to zero a scope, etc. avoid pcp and co2 rifles instead buy a spring powered rifle. They are consistant, cheap, and require no extra input then ‘breaking’ the barrel to make ready. (More on rifles later).
Practice making small working traps, buy as many books as reference material as you like.
Enough on lists.
A little bit about the inventory,
- RED LIGHT…I specifically mentioned red filters on your torches as all in all its the best light to use when hunting, and when trying to keep a low profile. Animals largely cannot see red and red light blends in with darkness better than white. when avoiding being seen by others (sop see military use red light in ops) this would be what you want.
- LOCKS… After picking locks (google “multipick service” I have used them and are reliable though I have been informed not the cheapest.) you want to secure the building again, of course you may have used the bolt cutter to chop padlocks and you can replace these with your own securing the building. Picking a tumbler lock and replacing the barrel isn’t likely to practical and spare keys are often found in their respective buildings.
- PPI…. You’ll want to avoid getting injured, there’s not much if anything you can do to avoid broken bones but cuts /puncture wounds are going to be a common killer! You’ll have a small medi kit with you at all times anyway but try to avoid getting cut in the first place, for rummaging, forcing entry etc wear your gloves, avoid breathing anything nasty in from a nearby burning building/vehicle you may not be able to move away from. areas where disease is rampant would be advisable to mask up to (think China during the Tzars outbreak).
- MEDICAL… Peltier coolers take little energy to operate, can be used to heat or cool (switch polarities) and can even generate a small current if set up correctly. Use these to build makeshift coolers for medicines out of Tupperware or similar containers.
So that’s pretty much covered, google will help those of you that want to know more about the science behind all of the above.
Applies mainly to people that will stay in their home location but can be adapted to anyone in an urban bug out.
Measure your windows, go to B&Q and buy enough wood, raw plugs and screws to be able to board up your house, covering at least the street level floor. Store these items in the attic, as soon as the news reporters jump over their desks to flee the city its time to lock down your home.
Identify entry points onto your property, walls, fences etc should be in a state of good repair. Bolster defences with natural barriers like holly, rose bushes, anything with barbs and thorns that grow densely and preferably quickly. Broken slate or shingle is good for hearing intruders if they get past your 1st line defences. Floodlights that are wired up to alert you indoors by buzzer or light is an idea iv seen and am in the process of installing.
That’s about as much as you can do to your home in preparation (in as generally speaking as possible) before an event.
Broken glass, caltrops (nails through bits of wood will do) bushcraft traps designed for things dog sized and up disguised should be around your property with only one safe walkway (that shouldn’t be obvious) only known to you and your family group. Rubbish up your garden prior to this to give the illusion the house has been vacated and sacked, throw out everything non vital/useless. Do the same to neighbours houses if they have vacated, take what you need from their homes; bedding, food, tools, car keys.
Get to know neighbours all you like, people will change and possibly or even likely turn on you but acquaint yourselves even build a friendship and you’ll hopefully be the last house they think of hitting. Obviously keep your prepping a secret, don’t show off what you have in general either, this is good advice even for the non prepper. Take note of any attributes your neighbours display, violent people, police officers, paramedics, warehouse workers. Build up enough info to perform your own risk assessment on them, make special note of anyone that would be useful in a crisis.
Identify access to your street, dead end roads are not only accessible from one way, use google maps, who’s back garden opens up to another street, other gardens, fields etc… How could you secure them? If not the gardens the houses? Draw up a plan on how to do this in your street and work out your alternative escape routes too.
Work out which room in your home gives you the best field of view of the area. This will be you primary observation post where you or a group member will man, work out the most visible routes into your street from your window, draw up a plan on exactly where to place obstacles to force people into your direct view.
Make sure the area is in a good state of repair (street lights – roads – border fences onto common land etc) and don’t stop calling every chance you get until things are perfect or at least as good as the council can afford!
Keep tabs on who’s left and who’s stayed, quickly encourage a neighbourhood watch and patrol, fix up those access points and choke the street into giving you the best field of view by placing vehicles or barricades. Nothing like a wall (yet) remember to stay off the radar so strategically place those vehicular or otherwise blockades. At this point the group (if any) will know you’ve prepped to some extent don’t let them know to what but advise them to do as you do. You’ve been to a few survival lessons etc…
Hide your food stores around the home and in caches around your property.
Set your traps, alarms and other defences you planned, tell and help neighbours to do the same, if your in a group you’ll have to show some faith/trust in them in letting each other know the safe routes up to your homes.
Keep an eye on morale, attitudes and behaviour, whether in a group or family unit. Your only as strong as your weakest link is how the old saying goes…
Buy maps, download them and print, visit the library and photocopy. You want street maps, and anything else you can get hold off (sewage etc) that could be useful or at the very least of interest. Highlight a 1 mile radius from your location. Take note of chemists, doctors surgeries, shops, petrol stations, industrial estates, warehouses and allotments. Work out how long it takes you to move from one location and back on a return trip. Familiarise yourself with this zone until you can draw a map from memory. Identify other structures and places of note, police fire ambulance hospital council depots, builders yards, farms, nurseries, small holdings, raf/naval/army bases, shooting ranges, airfields etc list them and make notes on what resources they may contain for future reference. Better to do this now and know where to go then blindly try to discover them if you can’t research where they are post event.
If there’s nothing much you can do to your area to benefit you than research. This is pure perpetration.
Get yourselves down to the construction sites, and open areas first. Observe the area before walking right up to it. This early on in the post event scenario chances are no one else will be prospecting the same area but always stay alert. Later months you should be more vigilant but by this time you should have squirrelled away most of what’s of use to sites no one will bother with. Take fuel batteries tools and anything of use, cache what you can’t take in bulk off site to go back to later, hidden in buildings that no one would be interested in would be best, derelict structures or housing developments would be my first choice. If not available hide items as best you can. Using your maps take one route to and another from the location your targeting. If you where observed going to or coming from the area this minimises chances of getting caught in an ambush. Remember to secure buildings after you have made entry (more on this later).
Stay cautious. Small groups are better to move faster and undetected.
If things get bad to the point you have to get out you need to think smart. You will have caches of emergency stores buried at checkpoints outside of the populated area along your escape routes that you drew up using your maps. Avoid roads of all types, try to familiarise yourself with the basics of map reading, natural landmarks etc to aid your navigational skills. Railway lines, and electrical structures all run from major populations to the next and are good man made points of reference, use them in your escape plan. Keep in mind that a one hour drive could amount to days walking cross country so factor in supplies to your new bug out location. Stick close to fresh water sources and pack bug out bags appropriate to season/weather.
Remember this is a generalisation I have tried to cover most of the bases that would apply to most people in an urban environment, use the info and tailor it to your own need.
The next part to this series of articles will cover entry methods, securing resources, and a guide on where the best ‘risk reward’ options to find such resources can be found.
Anything people wish to add that I missed relevant to home location preps specific to staying urban please comment. I’ve not listed everything I’d have liked to as feel its all pretty dry stuff being mostly made up of common sense material, but a necessary starting point before we delve into the meat of things. After the series of articles have concluded I will create an unabridged version in PDF format I will offer up to the website for people’s downloading leisure.