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Inner city preppers - anyone else? (or ideas welcome!)(9 Posts)
I know a fair few regulars on this board (despite its newness ) are rural based, but I was wondering if anyone else is inner city based? Or if you have any ideas for us city folk?
My main preps are for:
- Fire (OFRS for evacuating our flat quickly)
- Water cut off (am storing some water plus water purification tablets as I live by a river - yes, in a city)
- Power cut out (candles, windup radio, matches, torches)
- Transport problems meaning I have to walk home (basically comfortable shoes, blister plasters and a rain poncho!)
- Transport problems whilst I'm in the underground, e.g. terrorist attack (dust mask, whistle, mini torch, survival blanket, antiseptic wipes)
- Supply problems (I keep a well stocked first aid kit + some food though not enough yet)
We now have a car parked near where we live but if the SHTF we actually don't really have anywhere to go so I'm trying not to think about that too much and am concentrating on bugging in.
Any ideas of what I'm missing?
I'm in the city and would get out in an OFRS situation;
concentrate on having the car ready.
Realistically the main prep situation that's likely is powercuts. So candles, gas stove, batteries and battery chargers. And non electric backups so having a land line and phone numbers written down not on mobiles or handsets.
I think in terms of mobility having at least one bike is a valuable asset- more flexible and could get around any crazy traffic jams, can be used in a fuel crisis, no panic-buying fuel at the same time as everyone else, not going to run through your cash supply too fast..
These food pouches are great. I use them when I'm walking and they self heat. My dc use them for Dof E hikes too. Useful for the car too.
I wondered whether a couple of these might be useful for a power cut or if you get stuck somewhere. I got stuck in an office in London during the big storm so these would be great to keep in an office.
All you need to do is place the sealed food pouch in with the Flameless Ration Heater, add a small amount of water and then watch the chemical reaction heat the food in minutes
I bought a windup/solar powered radio/torch/usb charger.
Old style phone, not reliant on electricity.
Wind up lanterns, better than candles esp if you have kids and pets that might knock them over. I found my head tourch handy when changing nappies, carrying the baby around.
Copies of important paperwork, and some family photos with other people, or backed up on the cloud.
Do you have blankets, spare water, some snacks in the car, more for normal journeys and getting stuck for hours in traffic?
Maybe for transport problems add some handwarmers, and do you keep some pratical clothes in work (trousers adn a jumper/coat) depends how you dress for work of course and how long the walk is.
Thank for the tips - have just bought a windup lantern! Great idea!
I already have a head torch (still in its wrapping...)
The car isn't very equipped as it's only really used by DH for going to work. I did buy him a car first aid kit last year that he was about!
But when we go out with the boys in the car, i have started to take more snacks and drinks than I would usually. Must remember blankets too now the winter is coming.
Be aware of different route plans for bugging out. You might need to adapt depending on situ e.g flooding as you are near a river, hurricane (trees down), riots (avoid high streets) etc...
Not a city dweller now, but when I was we did have powercuts affecting our water supply (electric pump) so we had bottled water, water purification tablets and wind up torches/lamps.
Also think about the ages of your children in any exit plan (including fire). Will they need carrying out? That will limit what you can carry. Do you need nappies?
Food is important if bugging in. There was only 3 days food on average in the supermarket during the fuel protests. If we have another fuel shortage having back up food in the house would be a good idea.
Cash to hand just in case the card payment systems crash for your bank.
We're generally ok for about 10 days food, IF we can cook it. So I think I need to look at getting some kind of camping stove.
Getting out of the city would be really difficult if there was a problem. We are very central. maybe we should buy a boat....