There is no doubt most of what is written or discussed in the realm of survival has to deal with survival in the wilderness. We should consider however, that most of us, like it or not, go through our day to day in an urban environment. Going to work, the gym, shopping and just about everything else we do we are interacting with others and man-made structures/environments. So, reason would follow we prepare ourselves to survive in these environments as well as wilderness. Our main goal and objective may be to get out of the man-made environments and other people to improve our long term chances of survival. However, let’s make this post about some of our urban needs and how to address them.
As I mentioned there may be an overabundance of resource assuming the student will be in a wilderness survival situation. There is no doubt these resources have a great value and there are many advantages of wild survival. Most of these advantages center around not having to be around people and worry about how they will or will not react. Another benefit to wilderness survival is the natural resources you may have at your disposal. Mother Nature has found a way to put life in almost every corner of our planet and while survival in all these environments may not be a walk in the park, survival can be possible.
Thinking about this another way, urban survival often offers the exact opposite. As man-made environments rely on power and infrastructure to function properly. We remove most if not all of natural resources and we are surrounded by unreliable and erratic people. I’m not saying all people are bad and will want to hurt you, but is that something you really want to have in the back of your head? Not knowing what they would do in any given situation? Also taking into account the limited resources that are available will be in short supply and all those people will be fighting to get their hands on the same things. That sounds like a recipe for disaster to me and something I would want to be ready for.
Nevertheless, urban survival is where we will most likely find ourselves with it first hits the fan. The ability to trap small animals in snares or building a make shift shelter in the woods may not be as important as some other skills needed in an urban environment; especially if we’re trying to survive a societal collapse (financial, power grid or other major infrastructural collapse).
I’m sure if you think about some survival skills (purifying water and fire making) that are universal. There are any number of skills which are paramount for the urban survival situation. For many of those skills affect how we deal with the others we come in contact with. Protecting ourselves and our families from them may be one of the biggest decisions we would have to made. Of course there are going to be some that apply more directly to a financial or infrastructure collapse. Those skills may or may not translate will between natural disasters.
Instead of trying to cover universal survival skills let’s look at some that are specific to surviving and possibly thriving in an urban survival scenario.
Remember and take special note, the more skills you have, you increase your possibility you have of surviving. Additional marketable skills can utilize in a financial crisis or in an end or the world situation. You can be a valuable member of a community or improve your situation on your own. Society as we know it may cease to function and the need for basic knowledge will increase. The more you educate yourself and your family the better your situation can be.