This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide gives vital information on how to survive long after a disaster has struck. It teaches readers practical tips on how to cope with problems and challenges that could last months or years in the aftermath of a large scale disaster.
In light of the subject, I sent Jim Cobb a few questions for an encore interview:
1. Hygiene would be a huge issue in a long term disaster especially in
the city – how should apartment and city dwellers approach this?
There are two basic facets to hygiene planning — cleanliness and waste
Personal hygiene needs can be accomplished with minimal water, far less
than most people realize. Hands should be washed after toileting and hand
sanitizer can be used for this purpose, saving water that would normally
just run down the drain. Sponge bathing can be done with as little as two
cups of water, believe it or not. Use one cup for dampening a washcloth
and lathering a bit of soap. Then, use another washcloth, dampened with
the second cup, to rinse. Not nearly as refreshing as a hot shower, I’ll
grant you, but it’ll do the job.
As for waste disposal, burying or burning are really the only two viable
options. For either option, I suggest scoping out a nearby vacant lot, if
one is available, for this purpose.
2. Security would be even more difficult but crucial in a societal
collapse: at the minimum, what are some steps an apartment dweller can
The “gray man” approach is the first advisable course of action. Utilize
back doors to apartment buildings, if possible, so you aren’t advertising
your presence by going in and out through the main entrance. Keep lights
to a minimum at night and cover the windows with landscape fabric to
prevent that light from being seen from the outside. While your neighbors
will obviously know you are still around, of course, you want to do
whatever you can to keep casual observers from the “outside world” in the
dark, so to speak.
3. Finally, there may come a time you can no longer stay in the city but
need to bug out: what are some signs to watch for indicating it’s time
to leave? Where could one go?
Signs it is time to head for your bug out location:
1) Stores aren’t receiving shipments of any new product. This indicates a
disruption in the supply chains and is a clue that the disaster isn’t
going to be “fixed” overnight.
2) Reliable information indicating looting and rioting are happening on a
mass scale and possibly headed your way. By this, I mean you received the
information from a reputable source, rather than your neighbor telling you
her son’s girlfriend’s bestie heard from a guy on her block that a woman
told him she’d heard something about it last week.
3) Emergency services are overwhelmed. If calls to 911 aren’t being
answered, that’s a strong indicator that you are on your own, at least for
the immediate future.
As for where to go, I strongly advise all preppers, whether they are urban
dwellers or live out in the sticks, should have at least three separate
potential bug out locations planned out ahead of time. Ideally, these
locations will be in different directions from your home. For example, to
the north is Grandpa’s old hunting cabin, to the east is your college
roommate’s home, and to the southwest is Aunt Sally. This way, if the
routes to your primary bug out location aren’t feasible you have backups.
Bugging out is generally the least favorable option after a disaster but
it is important to plan ahead for that contingency.
After I finished reading Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide I had a list of storage items and other aspects needing improvement in my own household. Read Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide and you’ll learn some valuable insights.
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