Prepping in the City: 5 Things You Need to Know

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I still can't quite get used to city life.

I grew up outside of a small town, population 300. That was during a good year. A better description would be to tell you that there were about 8 houses within a mile radius of my family's farm and that the nearest Wal-Mart was a 15-minute drive in the countryside.

Now, living in the center of a bustling city with over 2 million people, I'm still not used to the fact that I have to get fully dressed to go get the mail or that I have to think about more traffic than a tractor on the highway.

That said, even though I can't grow my own food (!!!) or live off the grid right now, I still make sure my family is ready for anything life throws our way, whether it be a problem with the banks where we can't get out cash or a more physically damaging problem, such as a typhoon or hurricane.

If you're living in the city and you want to prep for the worst, here are a few things you need to know.

1. You'll never be completely prepped
No matter how much food you store or how many blankets you have on hand, there will undoubtedly be something you need during an emergency situation that you don't have. This could be something as little as tweezers or as major as medication. Understand that while prepping is important, so is learning to improvise.

2. Skills are just as important as stuff
Locksmithing, for example, is a skill that can come in handy. Learning how to can and store fruit is something that could benefit you. First aid skills, building skills, and gardening skills are all must-haves during emergencies. What skills do you have? While stocking up on food is important, so is learning how to perform tasks you might encounter during a survival situation.

3. Don't count on your neighbors
We all have people in our community we know and like. Maybe you're hello-good-morning buddies with the guy who lives next door or you sometimes go jogging with the lady downstairs. This doesn't mean you'll be able to count on your neighbors during an emergency. Unfortunately, you may find that your neighbors come over to ask for food or supplies, yet aren't willing to help you in return. Because of this, it's a good idea to be cautious about who share your prepping habits with.

4. Water, water, and more water
Keep lots of water on hand. Seriously. Tons of water. You won't just be drinking it, especially if you live in an apartment building. You may not have running water, which means you'll need water for showering, flushing the toilet, and cleaning.

5. Have more than you think you'll need
Finally, always keep more food on hand than you'll need for the actual storm or emergency. If you experience a serious disaster, you may find that it's impossible for the delivery trucks to resume regular deliveries for awhile. This means you won't be able to head to your local grocery store to get fresh food after the disaster. Try to have enough food and supplies to last you for the actual storm, as well as for a few days or a week after. A lot of preppers have a year's worth of supplies on hand, but this isn't always possible in an apartment. If you can plan for a week, that's great. A month is even better.

Are you a city prepper? What must-knows would you add to this list?

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  1. The concept of "how to" survival preparations is and always has to be vague in order to allow it to apply to as many people as possible. The alternative would be to hire a survival consultant and have them design a plan to meet your needs. To this extent, the article was well written.

    To begin with, you must define what type of disaster you are planning for. This will at once give you a probably duration to be supplied for, and the types of items you need to include. For example, an ice storm or tornado might require a week or two of supplies, whereas an EMP attack will require changing your whole lifestyle to one of being able to resupply your food and water, and store the equipment necessary for this endeavor.

    The basics; food, water, shelter, medical, security, will always over lap, but that is where the differences begin.

    Nice article though.

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  3. Love this! The number one thing I struggle with is knowing I will never be totally prepared for every single possible worst case scenario. I had to decide what disasters would most likely happen and prep for those. I long for the day I get out of the city.