Contrary to popular belief, you can live in an urban or densely-populated area and still be the most hardcore prepper around. Where we choose to live doesn’t determine how we lead our lives, and as such, you’ll find preppers in all different parts of the country. For those of us that choose to live in cities, knowing the best urban escape and evasion techniques is essential to the entire prepper lifestyle.
Living in a city is very different from that of the countryside, and as such, the prepper techniques that you use are different as well. The environment around you has more walls, streets, people, signs, you name it.
This can be a benefit and disadvantage depending on the situation that you’re faced with, but whatever the case may be, we’re going to outline some of the most popular urban escape and evasion plans that other preppers have come to use over the years.
Each prepper has their own set of escape and evasion tactics that they prefer over others, but even so, these are 5 of the most popular and common ones that we think you’ll like as well.
Get as familiar with your surroundings as possible
As mentioned above, cities are big – especially if you live in the likes of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. There are already millions upon millions of people living in these areas, and things can be hectic enough as is throughout your daily life.
Now, imagine all of those people running around like a chicken with its head cut off following some sort of natural disaster. Things would get really bad really fast, and that’s why it’s so important to be ready for the worst.
The first thing you need to do as a prepper while living in an urban area is be familiar with the area that you’re in. Learn the demographics of your city, what places are typically safe and dangerous, where the nearest police station is, what locations offer free Internet access, where the hospitals are – you get the idea.
Being comfortable with where you live is the biggest and most important thing to do, and once you have this nailed down, everything else sort of falls into place.
Create a survival bag that you can grab at a moment’s notice
We advise all preppers, no matter where they live, to have a survival/bug-out bag of some sort that’s filled with an assortment of tools, food, water, and other items that can be used to help get yourself out of a sticky situation.
What should you place in your bag? That ultimately comes down to what you think you’ll need the most in a scenario where you need to run and fight for your live, but as a general rule of thumb, we advise people to start off with water, food, a weapon or two, ammo, lighters, etc.
You’ll also need to decide how big of a bag you want to carry. Going for something particularly large will allow you to pack more items, but it’ll also slow you down and prevent you from escaping as fast as you might need to.
Finding the right balance between how much you can pack and how fast you can move with it filled up is key, so while this might take some trial and error testing, it’s more than worth it should you ever have to call upon it one day.
Blend into the crowd
If you happen to be in a situation where someone is after you specifically and you need to run or fight for your life, one of the best things you can do in a crowded city is to blend in with the mass of people living in it.
You might be inclined to start running as fast as possible among everyone else and looking behind you to make sure your assailant isn’t following you, but this will make you stick out like a sore thumb.
Instead, observe how everyone else is moving, find a large crowd, and blend in.
Follow the footsteps, gait, and body language of everyone surrounding you. This will make it much more difficult for someone to spot you, and you can practice this technique by moving from crowd to crowd if you need to.
Never stop moving
If you’ve been on the run for a while throughout the city and find a nice, dry shelter that seems to be beckoning your name, try your best to ignore it. You’ll obviously have to stop and rest at some point, but push your body as much as you can to keep on moving.
Whether you’re running, jogging, etc., keeping yourself in motion means that you’re always headed to the destination that you need to go to. Whether you’re trying to outrun a kidnapper or natural disaster, this is good. Keep going forward, keep moving, and you can take the luxury of resting when you’re dead.
Get crafty with your weapons
Ideally, you’ll always have a gun or knife at your side to fend off an attacker. However, this isn’t always the case. It’s very possible that you’ll need to escape from a situation and won’t have a traditional weapon on you, and should this arise, you’ll want to know how to improvise and make do with what’s around you.
When out and about, use your imagination for what could be used as a weapon. Are you in or near a construction site? Chances are you’ll be able to find a hammer, pieces of wood, nails, etc. In a shopping mall? Why not pick up a chair or small table?
Your options with weapons are limitless as long as your imagination is as well, so take advantage of this. Be creative, get crafty, and use what the city around you has at its disposal.
Urban escape and evasion techniques can be a bit difficult to grasp onto at first, but once you get a hold of them and practice working with them a bit, you’ll quickly get the hang of it and become a pro in no time. These are all tips designed to keep you as safe and sound no matter what, and when using all of them at once, your chances for survival will increase dramatically.