Prepping Advice For City Living

Prepping In The City

Prepping Advice That Works in the City

Like most things in life, prepping advice for those living in urban areas is much different from prepping advice for those living in more rural areas. There are different resources and opportunities in each of these locations.

As a person who wants to be prepared for any eventuality to protect and provide for your family, you must take into consideration the particular resources and limitations of the place that you live. In the excerpt below you’ll see some advice that is not practical for city dwellers along with work arounds to answer the same need with the resources available in the city.

If you need water you can easily collect water from decorative ponds and water features, and just boil it.

In many cities and suburbs, especially in desirable subdivisions, you see a lot of man-made waterways as part of the landscaping.  They may appear to be good sources of drinking water, but this is not the case.  These water features are usually built as a way to divert runoff and prevent flooding.  The result is a melting pot of metals, chemicals, pesticides, bacteria and viruses, other waste products and are likely full of pollutants that even boiling would not remove.

Workaround:  Store plenty of drinking water for emergencies – at least one gallon per person per day.  Invest in a good water filter and maintain it.  Water filters vary widely in what metals, chemicals, bacteria they remove – check the fine print in your water filter to find out.

If you don’t store food, you can always hunt and fish.

Hunting and fishing would be severely limited in an urban area.  Houston has the bayou and some nature preserves, but these would not have enough wildlife to to support all the residents if they were to hunt and fish.

Workaround:   You really need that food storage plan!  Make sure you have enough food stored up to cover at least a month’s worth of food for your family and go from there. – via Apartment Prepper

One of the Most Important Pieces of Your Prep

If you live in the city, what is the first thing on which you should focus your prepping time and money? For most preppers, and city dwellers particularly, the 72-hour kit is the first priority. In any emergency or disaster being without utilities, fresh water, or food for 72 hours is very likely, so how will you feed your family and keep them safe in that situation? Here is some advice on creating your 72-hour kit and what it must contain.


The first 72 hours in any emergency are critical. Having a plan in place to ensure everyone has food is one of the top priorities…

The 72-Hour Kit

A 72-hour kit consists of everything a person will need to stay safe, warm, and fed for three days. You need supplies for each person you plan on being in your household. (Always get extras if you can afford it.)

You need three days of food. The easiest food to put in your 72-hour kit is the military meals ready to eat (MREs for short). These meals are made for soldiers in the field, and they contain a lot of nutrition in each package. A person can easily survive on one or two packs eaten over the course of a day. If you don’t want to use MREs, you can go to the local camping store and get some backpacking food. It stores well and takes up little space.

Water may also be an issue, and you need to plan accordingly. Drinking water can be bought at the grocery store in gallon jugs, but many times this proves unsatisfactory for storage, since the plastic in those jugs breaks down over time and they will begin to leak. Using cleaned-out bleach bottles works much better for storing water. Plan on at least a gallon of water per person per day; this should take care of drinking and personal hygiene.

Each person should have a flashlight with extra batteries. A shake light or chemical light stick is also a good idea. Other forms of lighting are oil lamps, kerosene lanterns, or candles. Always be extra careful with an open flame in these situations because there will be no fire department to come put out any accidental fires.

Include one or two good fire extinguishers if you don’t already own them. Do not neglect a good first aid kit and a wind up radio. Hopefully, you will never need the first aid kit, and the radio will let you keep up on any news or warnings.

There are a plethora of pre-made 72-hour kits available online. If you decide to go this route, you will need to study what is offered in each kit, and pick the one that best suits your idea of what is needed for three days.
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