Monday, January 16, 2012

Urban Survival Stories



food shortages




A true story from the snow storm archives:

"When the power goes off, we have no water, no heat and no light."

Dear Tom,

I live in the FAR suburbs of Detroit. It was cornfields thirty years ago, but the suburbs have fully moved in. We have our ice storms and severe snow storms. We can be without power for 2 - 6 days at a time.

We have a well, so when the power goes off, we have no water, no heat and no light.
I have added a solar electric back up for light and a generator to drive our 220 well.

We have a fireplace insert which keeps the house comfortable. So we are pretty well set. BUT! Most city people could use a home survival kit to keep them going for 2 - 5 days. That would be a product that you might think about. Possibly a basic kit with a GOOD and thorough instruction book. It could consist of basic survival products and supplies and suggestions on what they could or should do or not do.

Here are a few suggestions:

1 Long burning candles for continuous light, a tiny bit of heat and a little cheer
2 Extra batteries or rechargeable batteries and a small solar battery charger
3 Cards or games to make people take their mind of the immediate problem
4 Enough canned or freeze dried food for a week
5 A weeks supply of water
6 Several extra space blankets for added warmth
7 Gum & candy
8 A battery powered flashing beacon, so rescuers would know they were there
9 Some kind of hat for warmth or sun protection
10 Some kind of weapon for self protection

Yours Truly,
Lee Osborn

A Note from Survival Authority, Tom Sciacca of

Testing your gear periodically is extremely important as well. As I write this, we're in early November in Upstate NY.
I have been thinking and checking the gear I have to keep my house warm in case of a power failure. We have several layers. We too have a fireplace insert and it does a great job. We burn wood throughout the winter.
If we lose power the fans won't work. I have a product called a WEZA that has a foot powered battery pack. You can charge it by pressing the pedal over and over. This will power the fans on the fireplace insert. Let's say the generator and the WEZA won't work and therefore the fireplace insert isn't producing enough heat.
We also have several propane tanks stored safely and securely away from the house. There are heat producing burners that mount on these propane takes. As long as the area is ventilated well (be very careful about this and do your research) they can produce a lot of heat. As long as it's safe, I can put one right in front of the fireplace. The require no electricity and can heat your house in an emergency.

In your emergency preps, think about redundancy. What can you do if this doesn't work or that doesn't work and so on?"
-From one of the many informative and interesting articles from the Urban Survival Stories web site.


Please read and learn from these true stories about how other people faced, and survived, crisis situations in an urban area. Learn what they did right, what they did wrong, and what they would do differently, including how to prepare for the situation, should it ever occur again.
Urban Survival Stories


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