Urban Survival: Foraging For Food And Finding Water When SHTF
A major crisis has already started to unfold in your town or city. Any food and supplies that once remained on the shelves in your local stores have long been depleted with nothing left to spare and you find that your own supplies, if you were smart enough to prepare and stock them in the first place, are almost gone. This isn’t something that you only see in a movie, it’s reality, and when a disaster strikes and cuts off all the major resources in your area, you too could find yourself stuck in the same situation thinking, “what am I going to do now….?”.
If you have to leave the security and safety of your bug out location in order to seek food and supplies you need to try and come up with at least some sort of a strategic plan. You can’t just wander off and walk around aimlessly and expect that you’ll find what you’re looking for and not be bothered by others who are out doing the same thing.
Before embarking on your risky mission, here are some things that you need to take into consideration:
- Always go out in a group if possible but keep as quiet as you can.
- Communicate with each other using hand signals. If you bring walkie talkies to communicate with each other, make sure the volume is set to low, use an ear piece if you have one and select an uncommon privacy channel.
- Every person in your group should carry some sort of protection. This could be a stick, pepper spray, a pipe, piece of wood, a gun or anything you have access to that could help fend off someone or a group that is trying to attack you or possibly kill you.
- Bring along a fanny pack or something small that you can attach to your belt to carry a small first aid kit and other supplies like a flashlight, paracord, extra ammo, etc. Only bring the bare essentials that you would need to be able to get back to your bug out location.
- Try and venture out only at night. It’s much easier to hide and prevent yourself from being seen.
- Bring along a flashlight and extra batteries but don’t use it unless you absolutely have to.
- If you have access to water bring some with you as you never know how long you might be gone.
- Derive a plan on where you will be going and when you expect to get back to your bug out location.
Avoid being a target:
Attracting unwanted attention should be one of your top priorities and you will need to exercise this as it will be a crucial part of your survival. The last thing you want is to blow your cover and be attacked by a bunch of starving individuals who aren’t in their right state of mind.
Here are some tips that you should follow:
- Never wear bright, florescent colored or expensive looking clothing. Wear grungier clothing that will allow you to blend in with your surroundings.
- Be discreet – don’t run unless you absolutely have to. Always use buildings, cars and other obstacles to hide behind to lessen your chance of being seen.
- Don’t walk out in open bright areas.
- Make as little noise as possible
- Avoid communication with strangers.
- Don’t carry your bug out bag or a bunch of gear with you. If you’re spotted people will most likely try and take your stuff and may go to extreme measures to get it from you. Carry only your bare essentials and keep them hidden.
Where to find food:
Finding food in a shtf scenario won’t be easy and truthfully, it may be next to impossible. Chances are that wherever you decide to look others will have already been there but keep in mind that they were probably rushing and left some items behind or some cans of food could have fallen off the shelves and rolled under the bottom shelf somewhere. Keeping your mind open and focused on the task at hand will help you along the way. Remember to avoid anything that is moldy or is already rotting.
Here are some places that you can look for food:
- Dumpsters and garbage cans
- Grocery and convenience stores
- Many people grow their own gardens and fruit trees. Check around in different yards.
- Try and get squirrels or other animals and birds in a nearby park. Many of them are used to people and you will have a good chance at capturing and killing one if there are any left.
- Wild plants, nut trees and other edibles are also found in some parks and other areas.
- You can try fishing or diving in a nearby stream or river.
Where to find water:
Aside from food, water will be the most important element to your survival. Remember, you can last three weeks without food, but only three days without water. It’s crucial that you boil the water you find, regardless of where you found it in order to kill any harmful bacteria. Contaminated and untreated water means pure disaster if you consume it!
Here are some places where you can find water:
- Gutters and rain barrels in people’s yards
- Ditches and gulleys
- A nearby pond, stream, river or dam
- A natural source or spring
- Canned goods
- Toilet water (from the tank, not the bowl)
- Hot water tanks
- Inside pipes in a house or building
- Large water storage tanks found on top of buildings
- Swimming pools
- Avoid salt water (the ocean) unless you have a desalting kit available
Desperate times means desperate measures:
I think that it’s safe to say and it should also be common sense that when a disaster strikes and people finallyrealize the effects are going to last long term, they immediately go into survival mode. This means doing anything they can and taking down anyone in their way in order to ensure their own survival. Times will be extremely tough and you should always expect the unexpected.
The best idea is to plan ahead and stock up on your emergency supplies (food, water, medical kits, etc) and strategically hide them around your home and even outside in the ground in survival cache containers. If an intruder comes to your home demanding you give them your supplies, you will be able to give them a hand out without giving up all of your stuff and hopefully they will just leave and not harm you. I could go into great detail about stocking and hiding your supplies but I will save that for a future post.
Remember to play it smart by planning ahead!
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