Shelter and Security During an Urban Disaster
Picture this. The city, your city, usually bustling with life, energy, and ceaseless momentum. Skyscrapers scratching the sky, a constant stream of traffic navigating the intricate network of roads, neon lights pulsating with vibrant energy. Every imaginable convenience lies within the reach, from the plethora of cultural cuisines to a world of entertainment just a touch away. But have you ever wondered, what happens when this vibrant metropolis gets slapped with a generous serving of disaster?

Perhaps not. After all, why should we let such dreary thoughts interrupt our late-night pizza cravings, right? But as reality would have it, urban survival skills in the face of a disaster are critical for every city dweller. When the urban canvas you’re so fond of takes an unexpected turn, you’ll want to know how to turn your living room into a fortress or which building would stand tall, even when Mother Nature decides to waltz in like an uninvited guest.

Now, let’s delve into the art of surviving the unexpected chaos, or as I like to call it, ‘the unexpected city-wide surprise party’. It’s all about finding and securing shelter, implementing effective security measures, and protecting yourself from potential threats and dangers. And, of course, doing it all with a dash of humor and a can-do spirit, because when has panicking ever solved anything?

Finding Suitable Shelter Options in Urban Areas

It’s a universal law that anything that can go wrong will go wrong at the least convenient time. Why else would a hurricane hit just as you’ve finished meticulously organizing your collection of vintage comic books, right?

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In an urban disaster scenario, look for buildings with structural integrity—ones that have a good chance of standing tall even when Mother Nature decides to play rough.

Parking garages, schools, churches, and large commercial buildings often have sturdy construction and could serve as temporary havens. However, always remember this little nugget from survival expert, Cody Lundin: “You can’t control where you might be when a disaster occurs. But what you can control is how prepared you are.”

Securing Your Home or Apartment During Emergencies

So you’ve decided to hunker down at home—kudos for the bravery! Now, it’s time to fortify your fortress.

Make sure your doors and windows are reinforced. You know that extra-strength duct tape you bought because it had a picture of a gorilla on it? Now’s the time to use it. And while you’re at it, clear away anything that could be used to gain access to your dwelling, like ladders or sturdy bins.

One more thing: keep your home from looking too inviting. A well-lit house may scream “civilization” to you, but it also screams “loot here” to some unscrupulous characters.

Implementing Effective Security Measures in Urban Environments

In addition to securing your home, it’s essential to be mindful of your surroundings. As renowned survivalist Les Stroud advises, “Always be aware, always be ready. The key to survival is to never become a target.”

Cameras and alarms can deter intruders, but low-tech solutions can be just as effective. Empty cans tied to a string or a dog (even a small, yappy one) can act as an early warning system. And don’t underestimate the power of the humble doorstop for keeping unwanted guests out!

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Protecting Yourself From Potential Threats and Dangers

In an urban disaster, the chaos of the situation can sometimes be as dangerous as the disaster itself. It’s important to stay vigilant and protect yourself from potential threats.

Pack a go-bag with essential survival items, including a whistle (for attracting attention), a multi-tool, a first-aid kit, and, most importantly, a pack of your favorite candy bar (because morale is important, folks!).

In terms of self-defense, remember that the best fight is the one you avoid. Former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson advises, “Avoid confrontation, but if necessary, make sure you are equipped with basic self-defense knowledge and capabilities.”


Urban survival during a disaster might not be as simple as ordering your favorite take-out, but with some basic knowledge, preparation, and a sprinkle of humor, it’s possible to navigate these challenging scenarios.

Remember, the goal is to stay safe, stay secure, and stay sane. If you manage to do all three, then congratulations! You’re officially an Urban Survival Champion—just don’t expect a trophy; we’ve run out.

Until next time, stay prepared, urban warriors. And for the love of everything holy, don’t forget to pack your can opener.

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By Chris Wright

My goals with are to help you prepare your family for every day life as well as the things that pop up like job loss, storm damage, store shortages, etc. The better prepared you are for life, the easier survival becomes. Learn to thrive, not just survive!