The Urban Environment Survival in the City
Surviving the city can sometimes feel like an episode from “Survivor,” minus the palm trees and the million-dollar prize. Instead, we get towering skyscrapers, honking traffic, and a coffee shop on every corner. But what if an urban disaster strikes, turning this jungle of concrete and steel into a real-life survival scenario? No, we’re not talking about your Wi-Fi going down for an hour or Starbucks running out of your favorite pumpkin spice latte. We mean serious, large-scale urban disasters.

Hold on to your flat whites, folks, because we’re about to plunge headlong into the gritty reality of urban survival. Are you ready to go from latte sipping to disaster prepping? Great! Let’s get started.


  1. Know Your Surroundings: It’s not enough to know the location of the nearest donut shop. Familiarize yourself with the city’s layout, emergency services locations, and possible evacuation routes.
  2. Plan for Water Access: Cities are paradoxical in that they can house millions, but a tap without water can feel lonelier than a desert. Consider having a water purification system handy, or at least know how to purify water in a pinch.
  3. Learn Basic First Aid: Let’s face it, in an emergency, waiting for an Uber to take you to the ER might not cut it. A good knowledge of basic first aid can be a literal lifesaver.


The 2011 Christchurch Earthquake: Following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, city dwellers were left scrambling. Survivor stories often highlight the importance of community. Neighbors helped neighbors, digging people out of rubble and offering shelter. The lesson here? Don’t underestimate the importance of a strong community bond in survival scenarios.

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The 2003 New York Blackout: When the city that never sleeps was plunged into darkness, chaos might have ensued, right? Actually, quite the opposite. The blackout showed the resilience and resourcefulness of New Yorkers. Impromptu block parties sprung up, with folks sharing food, flashlights, and tales of walking ten flights of stairs because, well, no elevator.

The 1995 Kobe Earthquake in Japan: Facing a disaster of epic proportions, survivors in Kobe utilized their urban environment creatively. For instance, people repurposed vending machines for their bottled water, highlighting the importance of resourcefulness in disaster scenarios.


In the grand scheme of things, urban survival isn’t about being the next Bear Grylls and wrestling city pigeons for food. It’s about knowing your environment, being prepared, and using your wits and resources to your advantage.

Every city slicker turned urban survivalist has their own story to tell, each offering a lesson on resourcefulness, resilience, and sometimes, the surprisingly human moments that shine in the darkest hours. So next time you’re stuck in traffic or queuing at your favorite brunch spot, remember – survival in the city is less about enduring the daily grind, and more about preparing for the unexpected. After all, the concrete jungle might just turn into your next great adventure.

And now, you’re not just a pumpkin spice latte aficionado; you’re an urban survivor in the making. Ready for the next step? Stick around and read on. You’ve got this, folks!

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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!