Now that I have been preparing for a few months, I am well aware of the disadvantages for us apartment dwellers in the big city: lack of space is a big one, followed by management rules and inspections, overcrowding, crime, massive traffic, partnered with the ever looming possibility of getting trapped in a chaotic city when the SHTF. The list is long, something we just have to deal with on a daily basis, so I had to pause and tell myself to stop the negativity and focus on the positives. Well I had to think about that, but when I got started, I found a few sparkling nuggets:
- Lots of choices and variety. When you live in a city, you have a lot of available sources of emergency supplies. For now, there is no shortage of big box stores, grocery stores where you can compare prices and get the best deals. You can visit ethnic grocery stores and get both exotic and everyday ingredients at low prices. You have dollar stores, food co-ops and farmers markets.
- Availability of public transportation. If you live in an area that has good public transportation, you are fortunate. You may own a car but don’t need it to get around, which helps you save on expenses.
- Public library. Most communities have a good public library within walking distance. You can check out survival books, cookbooks, and learn skills for free.
- No property taxes. One big plus about living in an apartment is not having to pay property taxes twice a year. I realize you also don’t have equity and other perks associated with home ownership, but hey, we are focusing on our positives here so don’t rain on your own parade 🙂
- No maintenance expenses. Apartment management will take care of most building repairs so it doesn’t come out of your pocket when something breaks (unless you were negligent) So not having to pay maintenance is a plus, allowing you to spend on your emergency supplies instead.
- Accessible medical facilities. Being close to a hospital, doctors and dentist offices is great, since you should be taking care of yourself and maintaining regular checkups. You can take CPR classes at the local hospital at low cost or even free.
All these advantages are great if you avail yourself now, while things are “normal.” Because as we all know from watching world events unfolding, these advantages can disappear overnight, when unrest or disasters, whether natural or man-made, cause disruptions.