There is a bit of a misconception that people who are prepping for survival must live in rural areas.
That isn’t the case at all.
There all plenty of folks who live in the city that can and should prepare to survive a disaster.
In fact, metropolitan areas are often targets in terrorist attacks and civil unrest.
It is a smart decision to have a contingency plan in place should the unthinkable happen.
There are some special considerations you must account for when you are creating a bug out plan that includes navigating city streets.
We will go through the navigation process step by step, starting with the most important step—planning and preparation.
Planning Your Route to Safety
City streets are likely to become extremely hazardous as hundreds, possibly thousands of people panic in an attempt to flee whatever is headed your way.
They will get nowhere fast.
The key to survival is to keep a cool head.
With proper planning, panic can be avoided.
Preparing to Travel Your Route
Once you have plotted out a route, you need to be prepared to travel it.
You need to practicing walking the route so you can find your way without having to look for landmarks, reading street signs or using your GPS.
It is important you plan to walk the route.
Traffic could be snarled, roads may be blocked or your car may be destroyed.
Your two feet are your best bet.
Thinking about your feet, it is a good idea to have a pair of sensible shoes stashed away just in case you are forced to walk a couple of miles.
Ladies, heels are not sensible.
Be prepared by having a pair of hiking boots or tennis shoes stashed away in your desk drawer or in the trunk of your car.
Guys, loafers may not do you much good, but they will do in a pinch.
During cooler weather, keep a coat, hat and gloves at work with you.
You need to protect yourself from the elements on your journey home or to your meeting place.
Your Get Home Bag
Another item you will want to have with you at all times is a get home bag, which some people may call a bug out bag. The bag will contain gear you need to aid your survival as you make the journey home.
These bags do not have to be huge and all-inclusive, but they do need to contain some key items that will help you survive should you have a long road ahead.
There is always a possibility your journey home may take a day or two.
You must be prepared to survive the elements.
The following list includes some of the gear you will want to have tucked away.
● 2 ways to start a fire; matches, magnesium stick, flint rod
● Survival blanket
● Small first aid kit
● Flashlight and spare batteries
● Face mask; N95
● Bottled water
● Water purification tablets
● Energy bars, jerky, nuts
● Map & Compass
● At least $60 in cash
● Prepaid calling card
● Cell phone and a car charger or solar charger
● Wet wipes
● Toilet paper
This is a fairly small list of gear and it can all fit in a purse or a small backpack.
The gear will help get you to where you need to be and from there, you will need to figure out your next step.
Communicating with Family Members
In the chaos following a disaster or major event, you are going to be very concerned for your family.
There is a strong chance typical communication systems are going to be down.
Here are some options you will want to put in place before disaster strikes.
● Cellphone—there is a chance the towers will still be functioning, it is worth trying.
● 2-way radios are typically sold with 3 hand-held communicators. They can reach up to several miles away. However, if you are in the city with a lot of buildings in between you and the other radios, there could be some difficulty hearing or contacting the other radios. Again, it is worth a shot.
● Designate an area for each family member to leave a message indicating they were there and where they headed. Make it somewhere that only your family knows about and keep the messages cryptic. You don’t want to announce to the world where you will be hiding out.
● Designate a person who lives out of state that you can call after an emergency. There is a chance that phone lines may be down in your local area that was hardest hit, but other areas may be unaffected. Check in with the person and leave messages on where to meet up with family members.
● Have a portable radio that you can listen to news broadcasts and emergency bulletins. This can give you a good idea of where safety lies and what areas of the city were hit the hardest. You will then be able to determine whether your family members were in an area directly affected.