“He who runs away lives to run another day.”This is the basic rule of urban survival. But to be able to cope with any emergency situation, survival skills are extremely essential. And in order to survive, advance preparation is mandatory.
Here are the top 5 urban survival hints and tips that everyone should be aware of:
1. Be prepared and ready at all times.
Part of urban survival preparation is having your survival kit ready and complete. It should contain all the basic needs for survival such as multi-purpose tools, medical supplies, and fire starters.
It is also highly recommended to remain physically and mentally fit. No matter what happens, have a presence of mind and never panic. It will help a lot if you have a sound knowledge of your area. So be alert and vigilant.
2. Stay hydrated as much as possible.
Weakness and death are a result of dehydration. One’s ability to find a source of drinking water is an important part of survival. Whenever you have the chance, drink plenty of water. If there is a shortage in water supply, limit your food intake as well.
Carrying some water purifying tablets is handy. But as much as possible, do not drink or use contaminated water. Better yet, boil your water before using to kill off any harmful bacteria.
3. Know how to find or create your temporary shelter.
Natural shelters are uninhabited caves, massive tree trunk, big rock or cliff. They can be found in many parts of the wilderness. If there’s none, you must have the ability to build one. Vacant and abandoned and covered alley ways are also great temporary shelters. Just make sure that they are safe to occupy and can protect you especially at nighttime.
4. Learn how to defend yourself from attackers.
Acquiring basic self-defense skills are another vital aspect of survival. Taking classes in this regard is highly recommended. Always look for legal and practical weapons like walking canes, knives, glass bottles, pepper sprays and stun guns. Carry any of these with you for added protection.
5. Learn how to perform first aid medication
Learning basic first aid and keeping a kit in sight greatly helps in saving lives. In case you or your companions get injured, you are capable of applying first aid. Contact your local health organizations such as FEMA, Red Cross, and nearby parish churches. These groups offer free training on first aid medication.