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Street Smarts: Situational Awareness for Daily Life

Street Smarts: Situational Awareness for Daily Life

It is so easy to become comfortable in our daily lives, but you never do know when a threat might appear, and it is as soon as we put our guard down that this is likely to happen. If you spend a lot of time walking in the street or out in public, you can’t ever have enough situational awareness. This means being focused on your surroundings at all time, to assess and hopefully evade any threat. Crime rates are skyrocketing all over the nation these days, so there’ s nothing wrong with being too careful. Since any threat posed to […]

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Real-Life Knife Disarm Caught on Camera (Video)

Real-Life Knife Disarm Caught on Camera (Video)

Don’t try this at home! Or…anywhere else someone might be coming at you with a knife. In this video, a real-life, movie-style knife disarm maneuver is successfully performed by a police officer confronting a knife-wielding perpetrator. While this is a perfect example of just how successful years of rigorous martial arts training can be, it’s just that: the result of years of rigorous training. While it’s very cool to see this in real life, don’t think it will be just as simple for you to try this move if you’re confronted with someone wielding a knife! That being said, let […]

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A Year in Hell: True Story Account of the War in Bosnia

A Year in Hell: True Story Account of the War in Bosnia

If you’re too young to remember the war in Bosnia, you should definitely learn more. Although it is a very depressing piece of modern history, it is also full of very important lessons on survival and enduring great hardship. This real life account of life during the brutal war in Bosnia stands as a very sobering wake-up call for preppers everywhere. What happened in Bosnia, particularly the capital of Sarajevo, is very much like what many of us are trying to prepare for every day. When we talk about urban survival or survival during civil unrest on this site, this […]

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Tips for Staying Safe While Jogging or Walking Alone

Tips for Staying Safe While Jogging or Walking Alone

Many people who consider themselves preppers and survivors know what to do in many emergency situations. They know how and when to bug out. They can start a fire, catch a rabbit, and make shelter even in harsh conditions. However, when they are in the comfort of a normal day, they often take their safety for granted, and that can be a huge problem. Just because you are walking or jogging on a trail that you’ve used a thousand times before doesn’t mean you are safe. People are attacked, and even murdered, on an alarmingly regular basis. Even though it […]

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Antifa Crash Free Speech Rally in Berekely

Antifa Crash Free Speech Rally in Berekely

Over the weekend, the political tensions that have ravaged our country over the last year came to a head in the form of violence in the streets in the historically liberal college town of Berkeley, California. Berkeley was the site of the famous free speech rallies of the 1960’s in protest of the Vietnam War, and more recently, violent riots erupted in response to famed alt-right speaker Milo Yionnopolous giving a speech at the notoriously left-leaning University of California Berkeley campus. Over the weekend, conservatives and Trump supporters had planned a Patriot Day Free Speech Rally, which was crashed by Antifa protesters, […]

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Survival News: The Latest on the London Attacks

Survival News: The Latest on the London Attacks

We mentioned on Thursday the developing story about a potential terrorist attack in London, and you’ve probably heard by now that it was indeed to be a terror attack plotted out by a radicalized English national. Khalid Masood, 52, was killed in the attack after plowing through crowds of pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before trying to crash into the barrier of the House of Parliament, stabbing a police officer before being gunned down himself. So far, five people have died as a result of injuries from the attack, either on impact or in the hospital. The fifth victim died Thursday […]

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Epic Urban Survival Fire Hack (Video)

Epic Urban Survival Fire Hack (Video)

When we think of urban survival, we mostly just think about blending in, personal safety, transportation, or places to sleep. Popular survival YouTuber Survival Russia shares a very valuable urban survival hack: how to start a fire. I think urban-dwellers are so used to living inside that we forget when you’re out in the streets in an urban environment, staying warm and being able to cook food will be a number one priority. This is why you often see the homeless starting fires in metal trash cans, after all. As discussed in the last video we shared on urban survival, […]

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Bugging Out in the City (Video)

Bugging Out in the City (Video)

I thought this was a really insightful and important video to make, about bugging out in the city, and sleeping under a bridge at night. I think it’s really easy to imagine bugging out including simply heading for the hills and camping out there, but for a lot of people, being stuck in an urban environment is going to be a reality. Post-disaster urban survival is a very serious subject, especially if you live in an urban area, but even if you do not, you might find yourself needing to travel on foot into urban areas and will need skills […]

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Gender Camouflage for SHTF (Video)

Gender Camouflage for SHTF (Video)

Women have a unique challenge for preparedness in terms of safety. There are many ways to defend oneself and train for physical defense and endurance, but there might come a time in a post-disaster scenario when masking one’s gender just might be the most prudent thing to do. This certainly won’t replace regular self-defense preparedness,  but rather, potentially reduce or eliminate the need for it. In general, being able to play down your gender and not attract attention to yourself is always wise for a woman, especially in high-crime areas. This video offers some important “gray man” tips for women […]

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Tips for Staying Safe in an Urban Environment

Tips for Staying Safe in an Urban Environment

A number of cities in the country are actually very dangerous. If the world were thrust into a survival situation, you have to imagine that they would become even worse. Many times, survival manuals provide you with information on how you can survive in the woods or the desert. It is just as important that you learn how to survive in an urban landscape. Be Aware of Your Surroundings It’s sad, but most people today have very little idea what is happening around them. Everyone who has their phone just a couple of inches away from their face and who […]

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Tips to Improve Situational Awareness

Tips to Improve Situational Awareness

A lot of people who end up attacked and injured say they never saw the attack coming, or that they saw it at the last minute and didn’t know what to do. Many people simply don’t know how to recognize a bad situation even when they are in one, and it’s getting people hurt and sometimes killed. You need to learn how to improve your situational awareness. Constant awareness can be tiring, but it is possible. In fact, it is essential if you hope to last for long. Know your surroundings. Be aware of what’s happening in them. This means […]

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What You Need in a “Get Home Bag”   

What You Need in a “Get Home Bag”  

The purpose of a “get home bag” is, as the name implies, to carry the items you would want if the worst case scenario took place while you were out, at work, the store, or running errands.  It is not meant to be a long-term survival kit, or even a bug-out bag, it is only meant to hold what you need to get back to your home where the rest of your gear and your loved ones are.  While individual needs and available resources may vary, these are some items that everyone should consider putting in their get home bag. […]

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Dealing with Martial Law

Dealing with Martial Law

The threat of martial law has hardly ever been higher for those of us in the West.  Glimpses of this have been seen after events like the Boston bombing, hurricane Katrina, or the Paris attacks.  While martial law is done under the guise of increasing safety, it will often put one in greater danger, there are few greater threats to those living in the West than the state turned against them.  Whether Islamic terrorism or natural disaster, if you find yourself living under martial law, here are a few tips and dealing with it to increase your chances of survival. […]

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Urban Post-Disaster Camouflage

Urban Post-Disaster Camouflage

Clean, flat ground and sharp right angles all around can make camouflage difficult in an urban setting.  But after a catastrophic disaster things will look a little different.  Garbage and debris are likely to be scattered all over.  You can use this to your advantage to camouflage yourself when you out scavenging after a disaster.  Here are some tips on how you can use trash as camouflage in a post-disaster urban environment.   Observe what trash and debris items you see in your environment that would be light enough to attack to your gear or clothing for camouflage. You don’t […]

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Advanced Urban Survival Gear

Advanced Urban Survival Gear

Usually,  I talk about survival from the standpoint of doing the most possible with least available.  That’s a large part of survival, especially long-term survival, but it’s not the only aspect. Increasing your odds of survival through acquiring the proper gear (and of course training with it) is another aspect of survival.  If your budget allows for it there is no shortage of gear available.  Here are a few items that would work in wilderness survival, but are more applicable to urban prepping.   Body Armor Your greatest threat in an urban environment is going to come from hostile forces.  […]

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Urban Stealth for Survival

Urban Stealth for Survival

  A struggle for survival in an urban setting could take place at any time.  Massive grid failure or zombie apocalypse isn’t a requirement.  Look at how many people have been shot in Chicago this year already, or how many people have been victims of mob violence in other cities.  Whether after a disaster or tomorrow on your way home from work, survival in an urban setting requires one to make stealth a high priority.  Here a some tips on how to stay undetected in an urban setting.   Light Discipline Nothing draws the eye like a light in an […]

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How to Protect Yourself From Post-Disaster Urban Crime

How to Protect Yourself From Post-Disaster Urban Crime

  In the wilderness, exposure, dehydration, starvation, and wildlife will be your biggest threats.  In an urban setting, your biggest threat could come from other people. Now that’s not to say that everyone should be out for themselves and treat all others as potential flesh-eating zombies after a disaster.  But we do need to recognize those that the criminal element of our society will be emboldened by the absence of law and order in an urban environment. And more than likely current n’er-do-wells, who are not currently spending their hard-earned money on canned food and bottled water, will increase their […]

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How to Stay Under the Radar in an Urban Environment

How to Stay Under the Radar in an Urban Environment

Survival in an urban environment is completely different than a small town or rural setting. Your carefully acquired survival skills and supplies might not be of the most use if you’re trapped in a chaotic urban jungle during a disaster. In this case, it might not be hunting or shooting that saves your live, but blending in unnoticed. Here are a few crucial tips for staying under the radar for survival in an urban environment: 1. Knowledge of Environment If you anticipate being in an urban environment during any kind of disaster or sudden institution of martial law, learn your surroundings now. If […]

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5 Safety Tips for Riots

5 Safety Tips for Riots

In light of current events, we thought it might be a good time to discuss some basic safety tips for riots. This is not necessarily for long-term survival during civil unrest, but you can read about that here.  This is basic advice for staying safe if you find yourself caught up in a violent protest or full-on riot. Even protests with the most noble intentions can snowball into something dangerous, and given this seems to be a growing trend in major American cities this year, it’s important to think about what you would do if you got caught in the […]

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Searching for Water After An Urban Disaster

Searching for Water After An Urban Disaster

Whether it is a solar flare, earthquake, tornado, or terrorist attack, when disaster strikes, the things we rely on the most to survive could be cut off from us. Most importantly drinking water.  While some wilderness survival is applicable to urban environments, finding drinkable water in a concrete jungle is going to be quite different from finding it in a forest, or even a desert.  The good thing is that any urban area has water in it prior to disaster, and much of this water is still going to be available even after the tap stops flowing. You just have to […]

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Survival Considerations for a Terrorist Attack

Survival Considerations for a Terrorist Attack

Tomorrow is the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and since that tragic day we have seen a dramatic increase in terrorist attacks around the globe. When we remember that fateful day in September of 2001, it’s hard not to think about what we would have done had we been in the vicinity. Of course, the very nature of terrorist attacks makes it difficult to protect yourself completely. They are carried out covertly and designed to take the victims of the attack by surprise. But there still are measures we can take to prepare ourselves to increase our chances of […]

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Survival Tips From the Homeless

Survival Tips From the Homeless

A lot of our modern survival wisdom for SHTF these days actually comes from people who are or have been homeless. The men and women who brave life on the streets or along the highways of America have gained some valuable knowledge for modern survival. We won’t all have 20 acres of private wilderness to bug in on when SHTF so take note from some of these crucial pointers: Shelter A vehicle is the most ideal. It can provide you with shelter from the elements and security for your belongings. Otherwise, when choosing a place to camp or sleep, you’ll […]

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