Is Urban Survival really possible?
During a real SHTF scenario is living in an urban environment really a safe thing to do?
Now I’m not talking about a natural disaster that lasts for a short period of time, in this case I’m talking about a worse case total collapse scenario.
The way I see it Urban Survival presents a number of challenges to those who live in a big city.
1. Sanitation I wrote an article last week on how garbage could become a huge problem in a total collapse scenario. But it’s not just garbage that poses a threat.
It’s not a pleasant thought but if the water ever stopped running and the sewage systems stopped working can you imagine how fast things would spiral out of control? From people “going in the streets” to buildings that will quickly become unsanitary hell holes, living in a big city will become a huge threat to your health and safety.
I think sanitation will be one of the most dangerous issues for those living in an urban environment. It has the potential to spread disease, pollute the waterways and kill a large number of people.
2. Gangs / Raiders Let’s face it, even during the good times there’s a segment of our population that’s just downright crazy. From people who go nuts and riot after their team loses, to violent criminals and gangs who are already terrorizing big cities, a total collapse could make urban living almost impossible.
I suspect that well armed gangs would quickly take control of most of the major cities. Traveling anywhere in a big city would become a nightmare scenario.
3. Being well armed will not save your ass – There are a number of people who think they’ll be able to fight off anyone who comes their way. There is a major flaw in that type of thinking….
This isn’t a movie….
no matter how bad ass or well armed you are it only takes one bullet to end it all.
In an urban situation almost everyone you come across will be a potential threat. If you look at a city like L.A. that has over ten million people, you quickly realize that even being well armed might not save you. To begin with half the damn city is well armed and the criminals probably have weapons that are far beyond anything you have. In my opinion staying and fighting is not an option especially if you want to survive.
4. Not sustainable – I’m not trying to go all hippie or Al Gore on you, but living in an urban environment during a collapse is not sustainable.
Our modern infrastructure has helped big cities thrive far beyond our founders wildest dreams. That same infrastructure will spell disaster for those living in big cities during a total collapse
Most people don’t realize how little modern stores actually carry. Our delivery systems have become so efficient that most stores no longer carry any kind of surplus inventory. If the system ever collapses most big cities will have less than a 3 day supply of food and water. After that all hell will break loose.
So is Urban Survival Possible?
It really depends on your location and what type of city you live in.
If you live in a big city like New York, L.A. or Chicago where crime is already a problem then I would guess that urban survival will be damn near impossible. If you live in a smaller city or suburb then you might be ok for a while. If you are planning on staying put then you really need to start studying your city and what urban resources will be available to you after a collapse.