13 Urban Survival Skills everyone should know
The essential skills to keep you safe when the world goes to chaos
When a catastrophic event occurs and there is mass hysteria upon the earth, the preppers and the survivalists will be those which survive.
Those which are unprepared will be at the mercy of whatever supplies and necessities they can find. Governmental control over these products will make it even more difficult to survive in an urban setting.
Therefore, you must be prepared to face not only wilderness conditions, but urban conditions when you prepare.
Here are 13 urban prepper skills everyone should know.
1) How to collect water
The number one skill which you will have to learn is how to ensure that you have enough water. Granted, you will need to know how to get food, but without water you will die.
As most sources will be unsuitable for consumption, you will need to stock up on water filtration systems, water straws, as well as know how to naturally collect water.
You can collect water naturally through rain water, snow, and dew accumulation.
2) How to pick a lock
Normally, it is not advocated that you learn to pick a lock. However, in an urban survival setting there will be very vague lines in what is acceptable and what is not.
In most cases there will be lawlessness. Knowing how to pick a lock will help to ensure your food survival.
Abandoned houses, garages, as well as warehouses and storage facilities can provide you with ample supplies.
However, you have to be able to access the areas with little attention (meaning you cannot go at the door with an axe).
If you can learn to pick a lock quickly and inconspicuously your chances are higher for survival.
3) How to obtain gas
In order to reach your ultimate bug out location, you will need to have gas. Unfortunately, in an urban survival situation that will be one of the first resources to go.
People will flock to the pumps and they will go dry.
This means that you will either have to know how to siphon gas or where to puncture a gas tank to get gas. It would also not hurt you to have a supply of gas ready before you have to rely on these measures.
4) How to fire a gun
In a survivalist situation you will need to have a tactical weapon which can handle far off threats. Those threats which are obvious need to be minimized. Part of being a prepper is knowing how to fire a gun.
Having a handgun provides you with enough protection for an urban environment. Some would argue that you need an assault rifle and a shotgun, but these are just supportive guns. Diversifying your guns is a good option.
However, keep in mind that the more guns you have the more likely you are to have someone take and use one against you. You cannot guard them all, all the time.
5) How to use a knife
Your knife is going to be your number one tool.
You will need it for offense and defense as well as your primary tool for your urban survival.
It is very probable that you will have to cut multiple things a day and a knife will provide that. In the event that you have to have a heat source in an exterior urban area (such as an alleyway) a knife can provide you with the carbon steel needed to make a fire.
6)Martial Arts or Close Combat Training
Where weaponry is essential to your survival, so is combat training. You can lose or damage your weapon.
However, if you are trained in martial arts or close combat training then you will always have a weapon that you can utilize. You are encouraged to begin your training now.
The longer you wait the less skilled you will be. Yes, you can do some damage as a white belt, but a black belt is more effective.
7) How to locate potential hazardous areas
Certain areas of the urban setting will be more probable to have hazards.
You will want to stay away from areas which will see rioting, increased security (such as streets with government buildings), or places where you are most likely to meet dangerous confrontations (such as close to a prison).
Where you cannot avoid every obstacle that will come your way, you need not put yourself in harm’s way without cause. Your disaster plan and bug out plan should address these hazards.
8) How and where to store seeds
Even in an urban setting there will be places which you can grow seeds.
Whether this is on a ledge or on a roof garden is unknown.
However, it is essential that you have a supply of seeds so that you can create your own food source should the food supply run out or the ground become contaminated and food unsuitable to eat.
Seeds must be kept below 40 degrees and in an air tight container to last, so keep that in mind when stocking up your supply.
9) You need to have an alternative location
Hopefully your plan is not oriented to a bug in situation.
In most cases if there is an urban survival situation, houses will be seized by the government and only those locations that do not prove to have a strategical advantage will be left alone.
This means that if you have all of your supplies stored at your residence then you could be in the same boat as those which did not prep at all. Have an alternative location with supplies ready so that in the event that you have to bug out you can do so with a higher chance of survival.
10) What will you do with your pets
Although most people do not consider it, you need to know what you are going to do with your pet. If you have supplies for your pet and they are part of your bug out plan great.
If you do not see how you could survive with your pet (they are too noisy, old, etc.) consider using them as a meat source. It may sound a bit cruel, but in a survival situation every little bit will count.
11) How to secure your residence
If you can lock down your residence against rioter and marauders then you will have the advantage. You will not be able to keep the government from taking or neutralizing your location. Think about it. If you lock down your home and the government cannot get into it, they will just bomb the location and take out the risk. This being stated, you should have secured doors, locks, and such in place to keep the public at bay until you are forced to bug out.
12) How to navigate at night
Disasters do not only occur during the day. Furthermore, when a disaster occurs the terrain will change. Practicing your disaster plan at night will ensure that you can navigate efficiently in a crisis situation. You should plan alternate routes to your destination as well and practice such at various times.
13) You will need first aid training
Finally, you will need to have tactical first aid training. This goes a bit beyond just slapping on a ban aid. This is perhaps the most important urban skill you may have in your pocket.
It does no good to gain water, have food, and be able to protect yourself if you cannot perform a self heimlich maneuver and choke on a berry or bleed to death from a deep gash off of some metal object.