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Are Urban Preppers Really at a Disadvantage?

Are Urban Preppers Really at a Disadvantage?

Many preppers strongly advise people who are serious about having a prepping lifestyle to move to a more rural environment for the planning and safety considerations.

And, to be fair, there are advantages to living in a rural area for this purpose.

For example, urban areas are potentially easier to control because of the population concentration allowing quicker control of a larger number of people. Additionally, an urban dweller may face more competition for available resources, and the resultant mobs can be dangerous and unruly.

It’s also worth considering that an urban environment has less usable natural space in which to grow food, and city life tends to be more expensive, making saving money to put towards prepping more of a challenge.

On the other hand, urban dwellers have certain advantages, too. They may have easier access to supplies (assuming that they get to them first) because of a higher likeliness that the supplies are already in a closer physical proximity.

Additionally, the higher population concentration may mean that you have an easier time finding other people to help you survive. Add in that the smaller living spaces in urban areas can be smaller to defend from looters and that urban area are less likely to suffer scenario-specific disasters.

Clearly, urban areas have both pros and cons for preppers, but an overall advantage vs. disadvantage is hard to clearly decide.

What do you think: Urban or rural survival? Comment below.

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  • When The EBT system goes down, and those that depend 100% on the government with zero surplus in their possession go hungry, where would you want to be ?

  • Suburbs are the place to be! Neighbors can help eachother and most will have enough resourses to share until things get back to normal. Don’t have quit the crazyness of living in the urban city areas. No place is ideal, but I think something between uban and rural will be the safest and have the best balance of help and security since most of us know generally who our neighbors are. When poop HTF it’s where I’d like to be.

  • I think I’ll go for half measures in the location aspect of prepping. The suburbs are extensive enough to give wilding-nonpreppers more area, and hence a lower density, in which to search for victims. This presumes that the event will not be sustained long enough to necessitate growing food. In which case, a hide-able rural area wins in the choice. The urban area is sustainable, if you have included an extensive recruit networking, planning of facilities, and enforceable martial discipline. A lot of work there though, and probably will draw a “radical militia” tag from law enforcement. Best to eschew.

  • I believe rural setting is the best under certain conditions. Of course you must have good quality well water. When NY had that small power outage about nine years ago i went to the store 3 minutes after losing power and there was already a run at the beverage store for bottled water. SCARY! You must have lots of good quality long storage food, medicine and arms.
    It very important to have GREAT NEIGHBORS. All neighbors must have CB or Ham radios to communicate in case all landline and cell telephones go out. This communication is vital in case a neighbor is being robbed and assistance is needed.
    Urban and suburban settings are too close and neighbors that see that you are prepared with food and other needed supplies will insist that you hand over some of your stuff and police will not be able to enforce the law with so many desperate people in such a small area.

  • I really beleve it’s gonna be safer in small towns and rural areas. In rural areas or small towns people teND to communicate more with each other and be a little more aware of each others needs or extras. And the younger generation is more familiar with doing chores on a regular basis. And in small towns you don’t normally have the street gangs to deal with or the marauders. Or the lawless ones. And should they show up there’s a good chance the hunting crowed will pick them off pretty fast. There’s an old saying people who reject Christ tend to be educated porch monkeys. Some refined some very base and crude. Small towns and rural areas tend to have more followers of Christ. Even if they don’t agree on all aspects.

  • My vote is for the rural areas…and I’m also gonna call B.S. on the pros that the article makes for urban prepping.

    On the easier access to supplies point: there’s virtually NOTHING that a little wildcrafting knowledge, a bit of DIY skill, and some repurposed materials can’t make that makes a “modern convenience” prepper item that might be easier had in an urban/suburban area worth it. Rural preppers theoretically already grow or make their own food and have their own water supply, so why do they need “prepper food” that is found in a store in the city? Ergo, it nullifies the point.

    On the proximity to people for prepper networks: Hypothetically, there’s a valid point here, but there’s also an equal (if not more likely) chance that more ears means more “narcs on your stash.” OPSEC is really SO MUCH harder in an urban/suburban area.

    On the idea that small urban areas would be easier to defend: perhaps, but that positive is mitigated by the fact that you will have literally hundreds if not thousands of people to defend it against. I’d say that you’d be overwhelmed simply by the sheer numbers, easily-defendable position or not.

    On the point that urban areas will suffer less from scenario-specific disasters: what exact “scenario-specific” disasters are we talking about? If it’s any natural disaster scenario with the possible exception of an earthquake, well..the above point then is just wishful thinking at best and patent misinformation at worst. The same goes for extraterrestrial impacts, nuclear attacks, and EMP attacks. In most of those scenarios, the damage would be EVEN WORSE in urban/suburban areas. Even with earthquakes the damage factor is only mitigated in certain locales of a few urban areas. The same is true of fires because fires may touch buildings with flame-retardant qualities, but there will be so many other buildings around that fire that may not be flame-retardent that will continue the chain of destruction.

    Even a non-disaster scenario like government overreach and martial law make rural prepping more desirable because of the concentration of population point alluded to above. Yes…rural prepping is just a better all-around plan IMHO.

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