Welcome to this week’s SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival
Newsletter. This week we’re going to talk about why the cities
won’t burn to the ground after a major disaster and breakdown in
Many say that when the SHTF, EVERYONE left in the city will be
killed…and killed again! The only cars will be burned out
shells, and all of the buildings will be burned to the ground.
It’ll be worse than a nuclear explosion. After a couple of
weeks, the only food left for people to eat will be other people.
If you haven’t heard this before, it’s what many “preppers” think
will happen to cities in the event of another depression, a major
terrorist attack, or a major natural disaster.
To be fair, the storyline sells books & movies, but is there any
basis in reality?
In short, no. Even Mogadishu, Somolia, the immoral hell hole
that it is, isn’t as bad as what people predict for the US in the
event of a major disaster. I have no doubt that many will be
killed in the next civil breakdown situation, but the question
remains whether cities will be any more dangerous than rural
If you get a nice isolated rural house where you can shoot your
guns and can’t see or hear your neighbors, who’s going to answer
you if you yell “help!” or “fire!”? The answer is nobody. This
is a big reason why towns and cities were formed in the first
The belief that cities will burn also assumes that nobody learned
anything after Katrina. It assumes that nobody will use any of
the 60+ million guns purchased since Katrina in the US to protect
themselves or their neighbors.
Finally, it assumes that all police forces will forget their
oaths and duty like many of the New Orleans Police force did
Folks, the world has changed. There are more gun-owners than
ever, more of those gun owners are getting advanced training than
ever, and there are more gun owners of all political colors who
are willing and able to defend their family from violent attack
than ever before.
Of course, there will be anti-gun cities like DC and Chicago that
are hard hit because of the exodus of gun owners who want to obey
the law. But in areas where individuals can own firearms, armed
uprisings by gangs and thugs just won’t be allowed to last very
long. Good people like you and me won’t put up with it.
Thugs will do fine as long as they keep attacking sheep, but as
soon as they hit a sheepdog, a family of sheepdogs, or a
neighborhood of sheepdogs, the game is going to get ugly real
quick for the bad guys.
Are cities perfect? Again, absolutely not. I’d love to live in
a small urban area just big enough that I’m not seen as the “new
guy” for the next 10 years. But the reality is that my disaster
survival plans need to be based on where I am today.
You know, I have people contact me every month who are concerned
that disaster will hit before they get finished with my 12 week
course! Frankly, I think this is a valid concern. We’re living
in amazing times. In addition to acts of God, it’s anyone’s
guess how long it will be before the next major terrorist attack
or economic trouble strikes.
It’s great to have your plans, dreams, and wish list for your
perfect retreat property, (we do) but how much good will that do
you if the electrical grid goes down tomorrow and you’re forced
to make your stand where you live right now?
I want to challenge you to take some time this weekend to think
about what you would do if the electrical grid went down
tomorrow. Not a month or a year from now. Not as soon as you
get your basic preparations taken care of. Tomorrow.
Why? Because, like I talk about in the SurviveInPlace course,
your survival plan should be based on solid logistics and
planning…not just “stuff.” Think about where the shortcomings
are with your current situation, how you would handle them if you
were currently in a survival situation. And think about what you
can do to take care of those shortcomings since you aren’t
currently in a survival situation.
Make a list. If the “fixes” involve buying stuff, include price.
If the fixes involve learning skills, include the time required.
When you’re done, prioritize and schedule a plan to start
knocking them out.
Let me know what you come up with…shoot me an email or post it
Of course, if you need a good tool that will save you hundreds of
hours of research, check out the SurviveInPlace.com Urban
Survival Course. It will take you step by step through the
process of preparing for breakdowns in civil order.
The easy to follow guide represents hundreds of hours of
research, interviews, and training, and years of testing. In
other words, unless your time is only worth 5c-10c per hour, it’s
way cheaper to take the course than to spend your time
reinventing the wheel.
Besides, time may not be something that we’ve got a lot of.
Until next week,