What Are Survival Resources
The term “Survival Resources” can cover a lot of ground. But for the purposes of this article we are going to look at what types of things that could help you survive an Urban Disaster.
Survival Resources, in my mind, would include both the survival equipment and things like food stores that you keep along with the survival tactics or knowledge that you have trained yourself to use.
It would be the things that would help you to have or create shelter, food, and security for you and your family in case of an Urban Disaster.
One of the first things that you should think of when you start prepping for a disaster is a grab and go bag or bug out bag.
Whether you need to evacuate your home or not, a well prepared bug out bag will have the things that can help you to survive.
It provides you with enough water and minimal food for three days or longer. It should also contain some useful tools and a first aid kit.
When you are collecting your Survival Equipment you should have the tools and equipment that are appropriate for the situations that might happen in the area where you live.
Consider having communications that will not only let you know what is happening in your area but also to keep in contact with your family and others in your group.
Even though many of the cellular phone companies are updating cell towers to be EMP proof and to have emergency power in case the electric grid goes down, at least initially these connections might be overwhelmed as people try to get in touch with each other.
Many times it will be easier to contact someone outside your area than it will be to contact someone in the same area. So make sure that you have an agreed upon contact that will act as a go between in case you have problems contacting your family.
I always have a set of small walkie-talkies that we can keep in our vehicles or bags that would work outside this network.
You should also have a radio that is battery/crank/solar powered so you can know what actions the authorities are recommending.
As solar panels continue to improve the size of these devices continue to shrink. There are many small solar panels that you could use to power your electronics.
Larger arrays can power your house. Batteries also continue to improve giving you the chance to save power generated during the day for use at night.
I also think that it would be a good idea to have something like a tent that would allow you to have shelter in case your home is damaged.
Survival Foods, whether they are in your bug out bag or stored for home use is a crucial part of survival resources. You should make sure that they include as much water as you have space to store.
In fact, fresh drinkable water is probably one of the most important survival tools that you should have saved.
An average person can go for up to three weeks with little or no food but they can last only about three days with no water. So you should have water stored – but you should also have ways to purify water in case you run out or loose your stored water.
You also need to make sure that the food that you store is something that you will be able to use in case of an emergency. The less preparation that is needed the better.
An Easy Start
You can easily start a store of Survival Foods without worrying about getting expensive prepper foods by using your weekly shopping.
Just add a few things every week to the things that you would normally purchase and you can set the extras back for an emergency.
Most foods usually have a shelf life of months to years so make sure that you are rotating your foods as you buy new things.
Most survivalists suggest that you store foods that your family is used to anyway. During a disaster the comfort of something that you are used to eating could be valuable.
Remember that during a disaster there is a good chance that you may be without power. Don’t rely on foods that need a refrigerator or a freezer since these could spoil.
You could create an in ground root cellar if you have access to the right area but many of us that live in urban areas live in buildings where this would be impossible.
One of the most important things that you should think about is the security of you, your family, and your stored items such as food.
During a period where there is an emergency security could become a real issue. Especially if you have food or other things that desperate people might want.
I’m just not a big believer in guns. If worst came to worst I could use one to hunt for food.
But I’m just not sure that I could kill someone over a can of soup. The only exception would be if there was a situation where my life or the life of a loved one was at stake. Baring this a gun would be useless to me.