Learning urban survival skills. It is a matter of life or death. Maybe, being smart with the street, described as someone intelligent and with good common sense, it is good that you possess if you are someone who wants to know how to deal with bad situations and act to survive. Urban survival is a set of skills you need to recognize what is happening in the place where you are and in the world that you are moving. You will need these mental and physical abilities to adapt within that place and that world: your most important means of survival.
Then, if there was chaos (for example, civil unrest, natural disasters or whatever) and you still need to travel, maybe take your children to school, go to work or go to the supermarket, but then you felt the tension around. How are you going to deal with that?
When the subject of “survival” appears in the conversation, let’s say, what comes to your mind first? What situation evokes (for example, hurricane, shipwreck and # 8230;)? Or maybe, you’re lost in the desert, trapped, on an island after a plane crash or you’re just very, very far away in the image of civilization.
There are too many scenarios you could think about and what’s best, but get ready with the latest urban survival techniques. We must always consider tomorrow, as well as the world to which we are accustomed and the things that could happen in the place where we move and live every day of our existence.
People should not neglect but value survival skills in the city because it is not impossible for the worst scenarios to unfold the next morning when we wake up. Therefore, preparing yourself with the survival skills we need to keep ourselves alive is very important, since bad things can happen on any day. Nobody knows, right? In today’s survival guide, we will present the things you need to know to prepare for unwanted situations in this highly urbanized digital world.
Disinfection and search for water.
Yes, the earth is composed of 75 percent water (and also our bodies), so I could say that there will always be enough, or maybe even much more than we need. But, do not you realize that water must be potable, that is, clean and safe to drink? This is not the water that is found anywhere and then the baby when you need it.
In a situation of urban survival in a place where people are full of people and the water is very unhygienic to drink directly and the possibility of water contamination is very high, you must learn to find and disinfect the water. When the water is contaminated, it is obvious to know that it is not safe to drink. Learning to find drinking water in urban places is an essential skill to survive.
In addition, you can collect rainwater in the container, since most of the stored water will help in many disasters. And rainwater is a paradise that is sent if you had to supply your own water for a long time. The sad truth is that when rainwater is nowhere to be found, streams and rivers, which are supposed to supply water, are often contaminated. In this case, learn how to disinfect and disinfect water.
Negotiation or barter
Do not forget this urban survival skill if you want to deal with a bad economic situation. When you imagine chaos, you can imagine people looking to find a constant supply of food and to make it possible for them to obtain their means of bartering goods.
Bartering is a topic that people always talk about all the time: the process of exchanging a good or a service in exchange for something they need, a service or a product, too. Then you also need soft skills for a good negotiation, one of the sections of emotional intelligence that human beings have. In another example, negotiation can also be used to end violence, perhaps to fulfill an end to free someone you love from being caught. But do not laugh at this, since we are dealing with the end of the world as we all know every day.
Learning of medical skills.
We do not need to put too much emphasis on this issue. When you need to save a life but you do not know any basic medical skills, how serious would it be? When the emergency hospital is full of other victims of typhoons or wars, how will a disease, a burn or a simple wound survive?
In this moment of chaos and social unrest in the urban environment in which he finds himself, possessing medical skills is one of the tools he needs to overcome the barrier of experiencing a shortage of medical services and the lack of medical personnel to attend to all patients an illness.
As soon as you want, you should learn about basic medical skills, such as the treatment of wounds, injuries and burns, and the application of CPR, among others, to keep your group, including you healthy and alive. There are medical survival references, books and guides to find, as well as books on medicinal herbs and traditional remedies to read and increase your collection of domain knowledge of survival.
Be flexible, creative and adaptable
Well, they are not technicians, but in reality they are your ability to modify your behavior in a way that is beneficial for you in a specific situation. If you are creative (and resourceful), you can solve simple problems with the tools and materials you can find, and as a result, you can survive with your immediate thought. Are you ready to make a hobo stove with an empty can and a Swiss knife?
If you have repair skills, you are more likely to survive during an urban chaos than those who do not have any. For example, if the grid goes down and you can not call a technician to fix the plumbing in your house, you can solve the problem if you know how to do the plumbing works too, and this is the same for electrical things.
Engineers, mechanics and people who love small things to see how those things work enjoy repairs. They love to repair items that can be of good use, an important skill that they possess and that is very valuable to you and the rest of your group during an urban chaos.
Another important skill you must possess in an urban environment is to learn how you can defend yourself in case you are compromised and threatened by an offender. Learning about defense techniques, including those of martial arts, is a good way to start. You can also bring safety items every day, such as pepper spray, a small flashlight, a licensed firearm and / or a knife.
When talking about defending yourself, do not forget that attitude can mean everything; In fact, it can make a big difference to your urban survival. Do not ignore the signs of feeling threatened or vulnerable. Of course, do not walk in a risky or dangerous situation, but move away or retreat. As much as possible, do it in the most discreet and silent way you can and go back in an area where there are people.
Making a char fabric fire
You should also learn about this urban survival skill you would need when the stove is turned off and the gas is not accessible in emergency situations in the urban area where it is located. Practice and learn to make fire by lighting, from the tinder and with a match.
Now, did you know you could use a charcoal cloth to make a fire? For example, carbon cloth is a thin piece of coal made of cotton, which can ignite almost in an instant and burn. It can also burn a lot of time.
- To do so, obtain an old 100% cotton shirt or any material with a 100% cotton content.
- You can start cutting it in squares of one to two inches.
- You can start placing the cotton squares in a can and then cover them with aluminum foil.
- Then, you can secure the sheet with a packing wire or whatever you find that can secure the sheet firmly.
- Next, make a small hole in the top of the foil before placing the can with squares of cotton on a pile of burning coals. Observe the smoke that comes out of the hole after a couple of minutes. This smoke has methane, which will make the smoke flammable. The smoke, however, must stop coming out of the hole after five minutes.
- Then, you can cool them and remove the sheet. Pull a piece of square cotton. If you see nothing but ash, it indicates that the air has gotten inside the can and that you must repeat the process. On the other hand, if you find that the squares turn black, it means that you can use the charcoal cloth as charcoal.
There you have the carbon cloth that you can make in about ten minutes or so. They are good sources of fuel when cooking gas and your supply is out! The manufacture of char fabric is a great basic skill that must be had when looking for an alternative fuel source.
Yes, that’s right: gardening. In this particular urban survival guide, We want to emphasize the importance of gardening and maybe you know ‘why’. If the markets are closed, the farms are not accessible and you do not have food in the fridge, but you have some tomatoes, radishes and other vegetables in your garden, you can reduce your nutrition problem. Everyone should learn gardening skills for survival.
Start digging and planting crops, since no one can say what will happen tomorrow, so the best thing you can do is start with planning the food supply for you and your family today. Although it may require a lot of dedication and hard work, gardening is one of the best skills that anyone should possess, even at this time when the world is still at peace (?) And the food supply is sufficient (?). Start planting crops and train to become a good gardener; Maybe, practice makes perfect. Another idea is to learn box gardening, especially if your space is a scarce commodity.
Securing your refuge
Defend yourself from riots and disturbances, one of the best things you can do is secure your home from the perspective of being able to keep your things and prevent others from taking them away from you and your family. Anything can be stolen, as in anything that others consider valuable for their own benefit and use. In addition, you must keep your family safe all the time during the riots.
Do you have that mentality of putting yourself in position and then acting when you see someone approaching your home and how you handle those invaders, perhaps in a violent way when the situation calls for it?
You should also evaluate the safety of your home and begin to create a safe area by making sure your outdoor area is well lit. As part of safety, you should always trim the bushes and foliage around your perimeters so there is no place for intruders to hide and hide around you. In short, do not give the bad guys a good hiding place and an escape when the damage is done.
Learning to identify exit routes.
Finding exit routes is a general concept. [Imagine how good rats and mice are at maneuvering alleys, channel systems …]. But bad for them, they always end up in dirty traps, putting their lives in danger. Yes, they know how to get there in a way, but they do not know how to get out again. And we are human, not rats. We not only have to determine the entry points, but also the outputs. We should identify the key entrances and exits in the city, so we know how to get back out when we are about to get stuck in a dead end (or in an adverse situation).
And speaking of learning from the exit routes, learn how to manage your emotions. Avoid panic [Imagine how the stampede kills many people in nightclubs, theaters and concerts when they do not use their minds to calm down, but to react in a panic].
When you enter a building maybe, find out where the exits are by asking or looking around. You must plan ahead and determine at least two exits where to go during an emergency (eg explosion, earthquake …). Now, if there is an obstacle blocking the exit, how are you going to overcome it? The same concept applies when you are driving on the road: always keep in mind an exit route to exit when an accident occurs.
Trusting your instincts and staying alert.
You may have always heard, “Trust your instincts.” Recognize the feelings you have and pay attention to them. If you feel that something is off, you must move away from that place and return to safety. You do not have to feel ashamed to admit that you are scared and that you want to stay safe.
Remember, no bad vibes are good. Listen to your instinct and pay attention. Stay away from that particular danger (place, situation …) if you feel bad vibrations. Trust yourself!
Checking the risk
If you go to a strange or unknown place, you should not feel so sure that nothing bad will happen. Evaluate the risks and then get ready, with a well-prepared mentality. You can dress to adapt to the environment and not carry expensive devices. In short, do not call any unwanted attention to yourself. Now, if the area is in a state of siege, you should think a couple of times before going there. Finally, decide “Is it worth the risk?”
Speaking of risk assessment, you must also learn the survival skill of situational awareness, so be sure to learn how to look for signs of danger and threat. One thing is that there are crimes everywhere, but they tend to happen much more often in dark and quiet places, like stairs, alleys, parking lots, garages and roads. When you enter dark and quiet places, like these, you should look around and evaluate things that do not seem right to you. Again, you have to trust your instinct.
And speaking of awareness of the situation, you must also “get to know your neighbors,” as well as the members of the community. In addition, they should be able to discuss issues among you and, better, propose plans to work together and take care of each other in times of emergencies and disasters.
There you have some of the best urban survival techniques to practice and master to make sure you stay alive and that you and your family are safe and secure, even in a chaotic urban situation.
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