Until recently, disasters were not a common occurrence and most disasters prior to 2000 were all natural disasters. As time progressed, disasters, both natural and man-made, have become commonplace and it is no longer surprising to discover that one or more of your friends and acquaintances have an urban survival kit hidden somewhere in your house, fully equipped and ready to use.
Bags to hang mistakes, take-home bags and survival kits are some of the terms used by other survivors for this simple and efficient form of preparation, but all have the same purpose and purpose. A good urban survival kit is a form of insurance when a disaster hits a highly urbanized area and these kits will allow you to evacuate your home or shelter as quickly as humanly possible.
Preppers and survivors have often preached the need to have a survival kit ready in urban areas and military personnel and even master criminals already take advantage of having that kit ready when they need to “disappear” for a while.
The urban survival kit.
The Urban Survival Kit is part of several preparatory steps you can take to be better prepared when a disaster occurs. The first and most important part of any preparation plan for survival is to have a viable and infallible plan.
A survival preparedness plan should be simple enough for anyone to follow and must contain all the necessary details that will help it survive any disaster. It must contain a route or a map that details its projected actions and alternative actions if the main route is blocked or more affected by the disaster. The function of the survival kit in the disaster preparedness plan is to ensure that you will survive with minimal supplies.
Go home vs.
The Get Home bag and the Bug Out bag are survival kits and may contain the same items, but differ in their purpose and size. A Bug Out bag is your standard survival kit, while the Get Home bag is a smaller version and is something you can take wherever you go.
In essence, the Get Home bag is your urban survival kit, since you can transport it through urban areas, which makes it more accessible than the large bag.
In general, urban survival kits follow a tiered system that follows the model of how the military packages their own survival kits. The tiered system is based on a logical analysis of the projected needs of the kits so that they are or may be necessary.
- In person – as its title defines it, the gears in person are those that can be stored or hidden in your person; It can be in your pockets, rolled or hooked around your belt or inserted in a bag or purse. Usually, there are smaller items and they are not part of what you usually carry, such as your wallet, ID or cell phone. Preppers have given personal items the term Every Day Carry or EDC, these elements will allow you to survive for a short period of time.
- Close person, on the stock market – These are items that can be placed in your bag. These are usually smaller and stronger versions of some of the people you carry with you. You can place your gears inside a smaller bag before you store them in your main bag, so you can only take them out and leave the larger bag in case you need it. Sometimes it is impossible to carry your bag everywhere, so the gears of the bag can also be left in your car or at your place of work or in the locker of the gym, as long as you can access them within minutes after a disaster happens.
- Remote – These are gears that are stored in a predetermined place and are subject to debate for most survivors, since modern preparation technology has allowed for a smaller, stronger and lighter gear. The remote gears are intended to help you survive and build a new life in a new location.
Choosing your equipment
Understanding your immediate needs during an emergency is important in choosing what you need to include in your urban survival kit. A good urban survival kit should be able to sustain it for 72 hours, since it has limited, even scarce, resources.
Factors to consider
Like most essential lists, there are factors to consider when creating your own urban survival kit.
Medical condition – It is very important to take into account your health and know what medications you should carry for a prolonged period. This may include aspirin, paracetamol, some antibiotics and antihistamines. This should also include any maintenance medications you may be taking.
General location – While preparing your survival plan, it is always good to take a look at your general area and identify the areas of risk and plan a route away from them. If your route falls along a forest or a wooded area, you can bring some marches to help you through that area.
Debris – Now, it is difficult to anticipate what part of your environment will become debris after a disaster, but it may be good to consider that you will need a tool or two that will help you break or cut them.
Access – This may be access to another area or location, but it may also mean access to food, water, medicine and other necessary supplies should they run out, especially if the search and rescue centers are also out of service.
Risks evaluation – Risk planning is part of any survival plan and identifying possible risks is equivalent to survival. Looting, vandalism, theft and sanitation should be taken into account when planning evacuation routes.
Packing it in
A good urban survival kit should be easy to transport and a backpack is the most recommended bag to store your things at home. Messenger bags will also work well, but there is a risk that the straps will get caught in something sharp or protruding from a wall or floor.
Regardless of what you choose, your bag should be made of strong materials and the seam should be able to withstand a lot of pressure and should not be easily undone.
List of essential elements
Depending on the factors provided, here is a list of items you may consider placing in your urban survival kit.
These are suggestions, you can add or subtract items as you see fit.
All the gears of the day (in person)
- Multiple tool – Most of the multiple tool kits come in the form of pliers with several appendages that fold directly into the handles. These appendages include a small saw, a utility knife, screwdrivers, scissors, a can opener and a wire cutter. These tools can be used in various ways in emergency situations and the multiple tool can be useful even in non-emergency situations.
Keep in mind that some buildings and transportation centers do not allow the use of multiple knives and tools, especially if it is not essential for your trip. It may be prudent to leave it in such cases or hide it very, very carefully to avoid detection.
- Flashlights – Disasters can cut off the power supply for a long period of time and it is always important to see what you are doing and where you are going. You can bring large flashlights for better visibility, but since the home bag should be light and easy to transport, you should consider buying or carrying LED lights that are compact and bright enough. LED lights also consume less energy and will not need replacement for a good number of years.
- Parachute rope bracelets – Paracord bracelets are a great addition to any urban survival kit and can be part of your team set in person. Parachute cord bracelets not only give you a solid length of parachute grade levels, but some designs include a flint or small knife that is inserted into the thread. A good survival kit would include one or two parachute cord bracelets in the arsenal of tools.
- Spork -The spoon amalgam and a spork. Sporks are useful when it comes to mealtime, especially if you need to stir and, well, eat. Some sporks come with a folding can opener or a folding knife. Cutting sticks are also a good choice, as they can work both as a spoon and as a fork, as well as a hair ornament and can also be sharpened and used as stakes for traps and cooking utensils.
- Whistle – Another excellent team on this list, whistles not only can act as a form of entertainment, but also serve as a tool to communicate with authorities, especially if you are trapped in a confined space or if you are lost in the desert.
- Fire kit – Fires are one of the important elements in life and creating them should be part of your skill set. Lighters and flints act as fire starters and pieces of paper or wood chips can fan the flames and keep them burning.
- Essential medicines – This should be separate from your first aid kit and may contain only the medications you will need immediately. These can be placed in your purse or wallet for easy access.
- Tickler pad and pencil – a small notebook and a small pencil can be useful in removing survivors’ names, street names, landmarks, and other notable details that will help you or the authorities during disaster recovery.
Take the bag home (near the person, in the bag)
- Extra clothes – Depending on the season, you may want to include a change of clothes in the starter bag. Choose clothing that is lightweight and can be folded or compressed into a smaller size, although winter clothing may be more difficult to bend and is likely to be heavier. A typical survival clothing kit would include a shirt, a pair of underwear, a pair of socks and a pair of slacks with sizable pockets to store the personal gears.
- Weatherproofing – We can never know when a disaster will occur and we can never say what kind of disaster it will be. It is always a good idea to have some weather protection equipment included in your survival kit. This can be in the form of an umbrella or a windbreaker or a winter jacket. Preparations, to avoid having to repack, often replace specific winter clothing with a thermal or space blanket.
Mountaineers often place their gears inside a large waterproof plastic bag before placing them in their mountain packages; You can also apply this to your urban survival kit to make sure it is dry.
- First aid kit – The basic first aid kit would contain antibacterial ointments, bandages, disinfectants, gauze, gauze tapes and emergency medications such as antihistamines, analgesics, antibiotics, antidiarrheals and oral rehydration tablets.
As mentioned above, also put in your specific medications. Some other things to place are a triangular bandage or handkerchief, some pieces of wood for splints and a scalpel or other knife to use only for medicinal purposes. Some include a thermometer and a pair of additional scissors as well.
- Scotch tape – The tool par excellence, the adhesive tape has proved useful and can be used for any reason you can think of. You can repair your shoe with it, tie a splint with it (it can hurt later), remove any tear in your bag or clothes, and so on. Choose a brand that is known for its quality and that is the best for your money, cheaper brands can easily break and put you in danger if not used properly.
- Extra cell phone – It is undeniable that mobile phones become a great tool during an emergency, but we should not rely on a single unit, it is advisable to have a backup phone fully charged in your purse. It should come with its own SIM card and should be kept off to prevent the battery from running out. Be sure to check it approximately every week to check the battery levels and charge it as needed.
- Knife – You can pack it in a standard kitchen knife or, better yet, pack it in a good size knife. Some designs have additional tools molded in their shapes, such as bottle openers and saws. A good knife stays sharp for a long period of time and the best utility knives are often foldable and are not easy to detect. Some EDC companies offer a knife that comes in the size and shape of an ATM card to facilitate in-person storage.
- Extreme battery – Having a durable power bank can get you out of tight places, especially during prolonged periods of power loss. The useful life of the battery, both the power bank and its devices, can also be extended if you try to use them only for essential tasks.
- Food and water – The most essential of the essentials. The urban survival kits must contain provisions that last 72 hours and that are easy to prepare and eat. You should remember that conditions may not allow you to cook your food, therefore, be sure to pack only those that are ready to eat and that do not easily spoil like cookies and nuts. Trail mix can also be added for its nutritional value.
Weapon disarmed bag
Some preparers argue that the handgun is a very important addition to any bag to take home, as this would serve as protection against those that mean a harmful use and can definitely be used to hunt animals and feed the largest. Other preparations sometimes include a machete and other deadly weapons in their urban survival kits just in case.
Having an urban survival kit prepares you for any type of disaster, but we must also know that, sometimes, it is better to stay until help arrives than to go out and join other people who will walk to do the same.
Of course, this depends on your situation immediately after the disaster, if you are in a building that is about to collapse, then you have to go out by all means, but if you are safe enough where you are, stay there until you start. the recuperation. .
Survival kits will vary and, as technology improves, so should our home bags. We can choose to update our equipment as we fit and store the ones we replace to serve as backup copies. Some survivors have accumulated large vaults of equipment and have installed bunkers to store them as well.
Humanity sees survival as its main objective in life and its study of history and science has allowed it to be more prepared for disasters. The Urban Survival Kit is one of the ways you can show that you are ready and that you will live in the end.