Cities and populated areas are good for commerce, education, culture, transportation and resources when times are good. Jobs, opportunities, upward mobility and convenience are just a few reasons that people choose to live in expensive, crowded and sometimes dangerous population centers. But, when things go bad, such as a horrific emergency, catastrophe, disaster or crisis, people are much better off living in smaller towns or in the wilderness. There is less competition for resources, less risk of violence, and people will not have to worry about being under the rule of martial law.
Many people forget that we all were much closer to nature than we are now. Only a couple of generations ago, more people lived in rural areas than in cities. It was easy to find food, shelter, resources and peace and quiet. Many people knew how to fish, hunt, hike, camp and identify foods that are edible in nature. Now, we go to the store, get everything we need already packaged and ready for consumption, or we head to our favorite restaurant or order delivery. Most of this generation lacks basic survival skills, and this is something that needs to be embraced again, especially for those who want real options when doomsday comes.
Cities will be reduced to violent scenes of chaos when the economic meltdown happens, when another terrorist attack takes place or when another deadly viral or bacterial outbreak occurs. These are just a few examples of the many threats that city-dwellers will face, and unless someone has a secure and air-tight bunker that is loaded with supplies, it will be next to impossible to safely exist in urban areas. Martial law will rule the area, and people will have a hard time finding supplies, resources and escape.
Nature has all of the resources that we need for survival. There is plenty of space, there are few threats other than a few animal species and plants, and it is the perfect place to live and exist when we enter in to a catastrophic situation that will happen sooner or later. Whether a disastrous hurricane, earthquake or plague occurs, whether an economic collapse or social upheaval takes root, staying in nature provides the most security and opportunity for survival. Learning basic skills and taking a few tools with you will give you everything that you will need to set up camp and establish your survival area until the time comes to safely return to civilization.
Fresh water, abundant food, shelter and limitless natural resources are all there for the taking, and you will be shocked to learn how easy it is to adapt and make this work to your advantage. A knife, some matches, rope, a tarp, warm clothes and some fish hooks is all that you really need to get started. Of course, you can include a host of other items that will make life much easier, but these basic and simple items are all that is required to make a life in nature and give yourself more options that you can possibly imagine.
You can build shelter, obtain food and have access to water, all for free and all without the inherent dangers of urban life. Even if you choose to relocate to a small town that is self-sufficient and full of natural resources, you will be doing yourself a huge favor when faced with the hard and unpredictable life in urban centers after a serious catastrophe takes place. While this is not a realistic option for people to immediately consider, and it is a tough pill to swallow, you should think about how you can benefit from the security and safety that the wilderness can provide.
Remember, when faced with the next calamity that will change how we live as a nation, you want to think about survival, and one of your options should be considering the possibility of moving away from large and congested urban areas. This is not an easy step to take or a simple decision to make, but it should be part of the survival strategy that anyone has. All you need is a bug-out-bag, a first aid kit and some basic supplies that were mentioned above, and you can easily fend for yourself and live in relative peace and security while everyone else struggles to survive. Of course, the ill, injured and families may not be able to adapt so easily, but they can still benefit from moving to a smaller town that is close to the resources that you can go and obtain and bring home every evening. Think creatively when considering how you will survive, and take a fresh look at the abundance that nature can provide. Extreme situations require extreme measures, and you need to consider this option along with the other strategies that you are formulating.