You always hear about ways to survive in the wilderness, but what about living in the city when things go wrong? Urban dwellers need tips for making it through all kinds of dangerous situations just as much as those that travel the rural areas. These tips will help you if you find yourself in an emergency situation, or they may assist in keeping you away from having to deal with one at all.
Hoard Water during Blackouts
When the power goes out, most of the time it returns reasonably quickly, and you don’t have much to worry about. However, there is always a possibility that the blackout could last much longer than that. As soon as you think you’re losing power, start stockpiling water. Have bottled water handy, fill up every bucket or container you have in your house, and fill up the bathtub and sink while you’re at it. Even if you aren’t concerned about the power outage lasting, it’s good practice.
Have a Rental Storage Spot
You can store extra food and water here, and it gives you a safe place to retreat beside where you usually stay.
Turn the AC Off
If your house were to start on fire in the middle of the night, the air conditioning is going to make it spread faster. Your chances of getting out are decreased with the unit running.
Be Strategic with Your Peephole
You want to be able to see out your peephole while hiding your body behind the wall instead of just the door. There is no way of knowing what the person on the other side has for intentions. If they shoot, it’s going to be through the door.
Park in Well Lit Areas
This is pretty much common sense, but parking in a well-lit area is going to lower your chances of being attacked.
Hide in the Shadows
If you are traveling at night and you don’t want to be seen, hide in the shadows of trees and light poles. Watch for the availability of the shadows when crossing streets.
Get a Dog
Dogs are great deterrents when it comes to burglars. Most of the time, a barking dog will keep them from coming in. If they do come in, the dog can alert you that someone is in your home.
Have a Handkerchief
You should always carry around a handkerchief or a bandana. It can protect you when you have to walk through tear gas or heavy smoke.
Look for Cameras or Bugs
It might not seem like something to worry about, but someone could put cameras or microphones around your apartment. Check your beds, flower pots, couch cousins, and anywhere else they could be stashed.
Your television and phone can send video and audio footage without you knowing. If there’s something you need to keep private, discuss it with the other individual in person.
Keep Weapons Hidden
If you carry a gun or have walkie-talkies, keep them out of view. When someone sees that you have them, it’s only going to be a matter of time before they want to take them from you. Don’t even let a little piece of it show.
Never Stay More than Two Floors Up
When staying in a hotel or selecting an apartment, keep it on the second floor or lower. In the case of a fire, you are going to have to escape. If you’re on the second floor, the window is still a viable option.
Makeup Bug Out Bags
Everyone in your home should have their own bug out bag. Pack everything that each person would need to survive for a few days. Don’t forget diapers and formula for smaller kids.