Urban Survival and why it matters to you may differ from your neighbor’s reasoning or lack of.
In this article, we are going to take a deep dive into why peppering matters and why you should be considering doing so.
I will not go full prepper on you and I do not expect you to go full prepper either.
Unless of course, something in our article moves you to do so.
We get it.
You look around on any given average day and it is sunshine and rainbows with nothing too out of the ordinary going one.
The average day to day activities does not scream danger or catastrophe.
As a result, when these events do come up people are ill-prepared.
Worse of that is they think someone anyone will come to their rescue when things happen.
Sadly, that is not usually the case and we will explain in the next section.
What Risks and Threats Do We Realistically Face?
I had to admit in the time of typing this article is can seem really clear what risk may be presented.
With the Coronavirus coming and going in and out of most people’s life coupled with the riots in about every major city.
The thing you must know is when you are dealing with the risk and threats of these types of situations so are the law enforcement agents.
It becomes really apparent if you live in one of these Urban cities that an average Sunday afternoon may not be so average when stuff like that is sparked.
Police are not going to be able to come to the rescue because they are busy with the same thing you are dealing with.
The quote “when seconds matter police are minutes away” comes to mind.
Riots and a worldwide pandemic going on at the same time have been leaving store shelves empty, businesses shut down, or terrorized by rioters.
Roads are being blocked by rioters.
Cars and trucks are being burnt down to the ground.
If I woke up and saw that type of activity going on it’s like waking up in a show called the Walking Dead.
But that is not all.
The Vulnerability of Urban Space & Supply Chain
It does not take too long to figure out that just the small little bit we have seen from above has already taken a strong effect on the urban space and the supply chains going to the stores.
Which of us would have ever guessed that fights in parking lots over toilet paper would even be a thing to talk about.
Our supply chains to stores are based on the most perfect of scenarios.
Especially if you live in a high population urban setting the crime rate will likely be climbing as the minute’s tick by.
Companies are betting your needs on the chance that people will not run to stores all at the same time stocking up on items.
For people in these areas, you are going to be hit the hardest.
Based on just the sole purpose of the higher population you picked to live in.
Which is another great reason to prepare for these things before you are in need of them in a major natural disaster or pandemic.
Supply and Demand Pressures in Emergencies
Our supply chains to stores are based on the most perfect of scenarios.
Most suppliers work on a “just in time” model that does not take any pandemic or natural disasters into mind.
This means when something like the recent events happens stores are likely going to run out of items.
Items we all need on a daily basis.
I do not know about anyone else but I did not receive any calls or visits from the government making sure my family had all its needs taken care of.
Worst of all the only bit of advice they had for us was to stay at home and do not go anywhere.
Evacuate the City to Where?
Bug-out locations are typically something preppers and survivalists already have in their planning.
Do you stay or go?
How long can we all remain at home?
If we have to leave where do we go and for how long and how do we get there?
These are all questions you and your family are going to have to have a hard conversation about.
I know for me seeing people trying to protect their homes with rifles because the police are busy with rioters burning down stores on the other side of town.
That does not solve your problem or the repercussions from what you might have to do.
I know our homes are like our castles and we like to try to protect them at all cost.
This is totally okay to consider just make sure you consider the possibility of it getting so bad you might have to cut ties and find safety someplace else.
Make sure whatever you decide to do that you leave wiggle room to make an escape.
The where to go can be more simple than you actually think.
Go to any place it is safer than your current location.
For me and my family living in a small populated town in the middle of nowhere surrounded by cornfields.
For use watching the news was sadly like watching a different country implode because it was life as normal where we live.
If we did not have the news on our phones we wouldn’t even of known anything was going on in the world.
I suggest finding an area with less population or foot traffic.
The only time I would go to these areas is for gathering goods or resources you may need.
Suggestions Of Urban Centers to Find Resources Or Goods
- Other houses
- Apartment buildings
- Office buildings
- Grocery stores
- Department stores
- Dollar stores
- Gas stations
- Drug stores
Most of these urban centers will have some form of water access, food sources such as vending machines, or first aid kits whether on the shelves or in the building such as breakrooms, etc.
For resupplying using these places as stopping points you can use tools to help aid in your efforts.
These tools include items that will help get into the above-mentioned location which may be locked, boarded up, or chained up.
They may even have security wire or security fences around them.
- Pry bar or Crowbars/Hammer Combo
- Bolt Cutters
- Shut off wrenches for turning on or off water or gas.
- Gas siphon line for acquiring gas for generators or vehicles.
- Thick gloves for protecting your hands.
Keeping Your Cool When The World Goes Crazy
Sometimes easier said than done but it is very important!
Especially in survival or emergency situations.
Know that this is important, not such for your own safety but the safety of your family or group around you.
You will likely be a person someone looks to in this type of situation.
Stress in dangerous situations is contagious especially if the group is looking to you for answers.
If you are freaking out that is just going to freak the people out around you and induce more stress into an already stressful situation.
In events like the outlines above your body will naturally go to a flight or fight state of mind which we will talk about in more depth in a few sections.
The premise is that being calm and cool will help make critical decisions that can be life-saving.
Staying calm will allow you to use critical thinking processes instead of reactions based on emotion.
In the following section, we will outline some key elements in doing just this.
Survival An In-Depth Framework For Urban Survival
In this section, we will give you some urban survival skills to master anything from self-defense to situational awareness.
These techniques and strategies will help in urban environments with disaster strikes.
Managing Fight or Flight
Fight or flight is a natural reaction to stress built into your body.
Put simply, this is when a stressful situation sends distress single to your nervous system giving you a bolt of energy to be able to fight or flee.
The nervous system which controls such involuntary body functions as breathing, blood pressure, heartbeat, and the dilation or constriction of key blood vessels and small airways in the lungs called bronchioles. (source)
We will not get into this much more than that because I’m sure if you are alive you have felt these sensations at some point in your life.
I would dare to say that a lot of people feel stressed in their daily lives.
These types of stresses can cause the same outcomes as above but as adults, we have to collect and deal with them in different ways.
Whether it is a job deadline that you need to hit, quotas your boss wants you to achieve, or bills at your house that need to be paid.
How well do you deal with the above mentioned stressful situations?
Think of that amplified by 100 because that is the stress you will encounter with life-threatening situations.
Try These Techniques
There are a wide variety of exercises that you can do to induce stress into the activity to practice dealing with the stresses.
For example, shooting with a shooting timer is a small exercise that many experience shooters use.
A loud buzzer goes off and the shooter practices reacting to the buzzer as a simulated threat or stress.
When first start this practice you will likely be startled by the buzzer.
You will have to think of what to do next as you try to grab your pistol or rifle to shoot the target.
The more you do it the faster your reaction gets in dealing with this stress and your body will start treating this as a second nature event where you do not have to think about every single thing you have to do.
These stress-induced techniques can be practiced with anything.
Done with timers that induce stress or physical activities.
This is a common term in the psychology of mind and stands for
This five-step process was first described by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her classic book, “On Death and Dying”
First, People deny that there is a problem or pending emergency.
Second, the denial turns to the anger of why it is happening or how it happened.
Third, the anger dies down and people tend to bargain with themselves, and others downplaying the severity of the situation.
Fourth, the depression of the situation starts to enter their mind.
Fifth, the person starts to accept the situation for what it is and comes to terms with it.
People do not just go through this process when dying they can go through it in other dire situations or when disaster strikes.
Knowing what this is and what part of the process they are in can help you better understand how to help them.
Survival Breathing Techniques
There are a variety of breathing techniques you can utilize or teach people to do in overwhelming situations.
Used to calm you down or take your mind off the pain such as a gunshot injury.
The Four Count Box or Combat Breathing Method
- Inhale through your nose, expanding your stomach for a count of four — one, two, three, four.
- Hold that breath in for a count of four — one, two, three, four.
- Slowly exhale through your mouth, contracting your stomach for a count of four — one, two, three, four.
- Hold the empty breath for a count of four — one, two, three, four.
- Repeat these steps until you regain control.
This stands for Wide Eyes, Oxygen, and Walking.
Another method you can use to develop increased emotional resilience in the face of calamity.
Walking meditation with your eyes open.
This is for the purpose of taking in the wind blowing the trees, the cars passing by, the dog running in a yard all while deep breathing.
Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness.
This Breathing technique helps you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind. (source)
Survival Tea Ceremony
This technique for coping with stress was coined by Rich Hungerford who is a former Australian SAS Regiment (SASR) Team Commander and Instructor.
Qualified as an Army Survival and Combat Survival Instructor.
The technique explained simply is finding a task with a set amount of smaller tasks that lead to an outcome.
For this he calls the tea ceremony.
He recalls a time when he and his team were lost in a jungle.
While he and his other team members were getting mad and angry with the situation of being lost a commanding officer was preparing tea to drink.
He was calm as he went through the process from start to finish and when he was completed he turned around with some logical answers to the situation they were in.
As he noticed this situation he coined the phrase the survival tea ceremony.
Come up with something like making tea or something that requires you to take your mind to successfully complete.
This will calm and take your mind of the current situation long enough to formulate a solution.
The Power Of The Group In Survival Situations
Let’s face it.
For problem-solving and having more hands than two can be a great advantage in a survival situation.
The more people you have can come up with more options for consideration, they can carry more gear and equipment than one person can, and they can offer aid to more people if needed.
Not only that it can be extremely hard to administer aid or get help with just yourself.
This is a consideration some people in the prepping community take seriously.
They tend to gather in groups or get involvement from the neighbors who might be like-minded.
This is for the purpose of potentially raising their chances of survival as a group.
It is better to have allies in this type of situation than to become a possible target for people who did not prepare.
Bartering and Trading In Urban Survival Situations
These alliances can also be used for bartering or resupplying if need be so having this could amplify your urban survival skills.
This will be a great resource to have if you need particular items that you know an allied group or network has.
With supply chains slowed down or shut off completely this could be the only way to get these items so having items to trade or barter with could come in handy.
Common items used to barter.
- Feminine products
- Nail clippers
- Water bottles and canteens
- Water purification tablets or kits
Life Support Requirments in Urban Survival
In this section, we will reference some of our previous articles regarding basic survival.
These will take into consideration the basic needs and how to meet them.
- Building shelters
- Basic Survival Needs with Bug Out Checklist
- A list of tactical belt pouches for organizing your bug out bags or survival backpack.
You can use these resources above to make micro survival kits to larger more complete survival kits to keep on hand.
These often have food sources, medical supplies, along with portable water filters or other items used in the purifying water process.
You should never buy a kit, gear, or medical supplies for the simple reason of buying it.
Never buy gear to fill a spot in your mind to give you solely a piece of mind.
You want to be able to survive and thrive without all the gear in these kits.
Something will break, something will run out of batteries, or something will fail.
As a result, you do not want to rest your ability to survive based on the gadgets you are carrying.
Gear will only support survival as long as you have them or as long as they work and should not be substituted for actual training.
Which brings me to my next section of some recommended training resources to utilize.
This is one of the best resources for self-defense plans and training on the market today.
The owner of this company is Tim Kennedy.
Here are some of his credentials:
- He is a Green Beret
- Ranger qualified Special Forces Sniper.
- Deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and multiple other deployments around the world.
- He is the only soldier to win the grueling 3 days All Army Combatives Tournament three times.
- Kennedy has black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Modern Army Combatives.
- Top-ranked mixed martial arts fighters in the world, a position he achieved while simultaneously serving his country at the highest levels of special operations.
- Ranked among the top Middleweights in the UFC.
- Featured on many television shows, most recently “Hunting Hitler” on the History Channel, and Hard to Kill on the Discovery Channel.
He is just one of the handful of instructors that Sheepdog Response uses with a wide variety of skill sets from hand to hand combat to medical and everything in between.
Sheepdog Response Urban Survival Training
They have a wide variety of hands-on training they offer to the public.
The training courses they offer are
Sheepdog Level 1
You will spend the first night learning about situation awareness and having some one-on-one time with our instructors who will go through your gear setup.
The next two days will be split between the mats and the range, learning defensive tactics, weapons retention, and firearms.
Sheepdog Level 2
In level two you put what you learned in level one to the test.
They take you outside your comfort zone once again and push you to an entirely new, and challenging, level.
Carbine Level 1
They will cover the education of ancillary equipment selection and set up for carbine operations to include loading, firing, reducing malfunctions, and clearing procedures of a carbine are critical elements of this instruction.
Practice marksmanship and zeroing techniques and procedures.
Shoot, move, and communicate drills will be taught as an individual shooter and as a member of a team with physical and mental stress applications.
Tactical Trauma Response Course
In this training, you will learn how to properly apply a tourniquet, pack a wound, use an Israeli pressure dressing, and much, much more.
Some of the scenarios for this course will be heavily based on active shooter situations, including school shootings.
Singleton Security course is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of home protection, single-person room clearing, planning, firearms proficiency, and other defense considerations in and around residential areas.
What You’ll Learn
- Low light considerations
- Home defense weapon options
- Room clearing (Single Man)
- Breaching and entry considerations
- Methods of movement within a structure
- Barricaded shooting
- Flat range training
This fast-paced course will bring you up to speed on how we fight in and around vehicles from a wide variety of positions while exploring various options for cover and concealment.
They do also offer a large variety of virtual training courses you can find by clicking here.
With the urban survival skills, we outlined in this article coupled with the self-defense or other training you will be on the right track to surviving a prolonged disaster in any urban environment.
Take these tools and add them to your tool belt.
Most importantly, train like your life depends on it because one day it might!
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