|Posted by Garrett Murray on January 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM|
This topic has been of great debate for many years between preppers and survivalists. Should I stay or should I go? In a SHTF scenario any number of things could happen and you are left high and dry with no one to really help you. I want to discuss some of the things you might encounter in the city than say in the country. One main issue when it comes to city living after a SHTF is looter and rioters. In the past and in current times we have seen this time and time again. Look at Europe and the riots and looting going on there. This could hit home very soon and being in the middle of this type of event is not ideal when you have a family to protect. Also look at Government (FEMA) when Katrina hit New Orleans the government came in and took peoples guns away and forced them into a make shift prison where people where basically starved and abused.
Another thing we need to look at when living in the city is sanitation. When the power is out to the entire city the waste facilities that process our waste stop doing their job. No power no waste removal. After about a week or two the sewers will begin to back up and depending on the type of drains you have in your neighborhood and the amount of rain you could have a backup in no time. So where do we put our waste? Not everyone has a big back yard that they can bury their waste, so finding a place to put this stuff will become impossible and you will eventually be forced to move.
Food is another issue. Yes you may be an extreme shopper and have years of food stored in your garage or spare room but what happens if things don’t get back to normal after a few years? Stores will be out of food in less than a week. How will you feed yourself or your family? You might find a stray dog or cat you can kill, but how long before that gets old? Growing food in the city is harder than you think and according to some farmer magazines it takes an acre of land to feed one person for a year. If you have a family of four like I do then you need at least four acres of land and that’s a lot of land for a city person. Roof tops growers or vacant lot growers are setting themselves up for risk. Looters will spot this smorgasbord and you are left with nothing.
Gas stations will raise their prices to the point that you won’t be able to afford to leave. Staying for more than a week will cost you more in the end. If we have an economic breakdown and the trucks stop rolling you will see prices of gas go up sharply and before you know it signs saying out of gas will be common place. You may not have the space to store large amounts of gas in the city. In the country and with a little planning you can set up storage units to hold large amounts of gas for future use and by using additives you can prolong the shelf life. You won’t have this luxury in the city.
Many cities are near some source of power like a Nuclear reactor. After a SHTF event and the power goes out the reactor has limited time before the coolers shut down and the reactor overheats causing a nuclear meltdown. Anyone within 100 miles of this could be affected. Look at Japan and what happened after their meltdown happened or how about Chernobyl back in 1986. To this day that land is vacant and no one is allowed within like 5 miles of that town.
Given the many very good reasons above I see no reason why someone would want to stay in the city. I would start looking for places you can retreat to after a SHTF. If you end up sleeping in a tent for the first year, it’s going to be better than dealing with what I mentioned above. Expect to see smaller communities banning together forming a sort of militia group in order to keep rule and order in their town. You may be able to get in with these groups and be able to shack up with someone for protection. Having skills to offer may be key to getting into these groups. Medical, Dental, Mechanic, Machinists, Engineers and other specialty jobs are always valuable assets to these small towns. Be sure to bring as much of your supplies as you can. This reduces the need for the group to share supplies and it may persuade them even more into letting you stay. This also shows them that you are proactive and responsible.