Readiness Strategies for the City & Suburbs
I find myself living in the suburbs again. This certainly brings its own set of challenges for my preparedness plan. Every plan that I had in place for country living needs to be re-evaluated for my new location. From deciding where to place water storage to evaluating our personal protection – it’s just different here in the suburbs.
I received a new book, from Jim Cobb, about creating an Urban Emergency Survival Plan and it is very informative for those who live in major cities or the suburbs.
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It is important to realize that we live in an unpredictable world, where weather as well as man-made disasters can happen at a moment’s notice.
Have you taken the time to really assess the threats in your area? I did this for our house in Oregon and have also done it for our new location in Texas. This is so important because it gives you the foundation to build your prep plan on. Jim’s book goes through every possible scenario and gives you plenty of ideas about how to know what to look for in your city.
The Government Will Respond, but…
You can count on your local firefighters, emergency responders and police to do all they can to help your community, but in a major emergency their resources will quickly be overwhelmed. The National Guard may be activated and FEMA may become involved but there are limitations even to these services.
It will take them time, maybe even days, to get to you and these responders only have so many supplies to go around. What should you do? Your duty is to prepare and be self-reliant. That way the people who truly need the support and assistance of first responders can get it.
Creating your Urban Emergency Survival Plan will help you do just that, with confidence.
Each chapter discusses several strategies you can put into play for your situation. I found the chapter on security and defense to be especially helpful. It really got me thinking about city living and different ways we can protect our family.
- -The people around you are the first risk you may face.
- -Avoid being a target, practice OPSEC – operational security – and don’t let on that you are prepping.
- -Should you make your home look abandoned?
- -Perimeter defense ideas.
- -Should you booby trap an area?
- -How to strengthen doors and secure windows.
- -Do you need a safe room?
- -What about personal defense weapons and martial arts training?
Other chapters cover the topics of emergency water, food storage, sanitation, first aid, shelter and bugging out in great depth. This slant to the urban dweller and the challenges they might face, is helpful for beginners to preparedness, and those who have some experience.
Love Those Packing Lists
I’ll admit it; I’m partial to a good check off list! Jim has provided the lists that we can use as a foundation for our kits.
These appendices include detailed packing lists for several important preparedness kits.
- –Food storage and meal planning
- -Your get-home bags,
- -Everyday carry bags
- –Bug-out bags
- -Vehicle emergency kits
- -Workplace emergency kits
Stay safe in the city with the book Urban Emergency Survival Plan: Readiness Strategies for the City and Suburbs is a great addition to your preparedness library. I highly recommend it.
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Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!
I am in the process of making emergency kits for my vehicle, including and everyday bag. I will be putting things like: extra clothes, non-perishable organic food/snack and drinks, water, dog food for my pupp, emergency flashlight and radio, etc. 😀
I currently do not have/use a BOB.
John R says
I have a BOB but no everyday carry.
I assembled a vehicle emergency kit for both of our cars. They include basic emergency items, cash, plus small amounts of water, food, emergency blankets and ponchos for every possible passenger.