Disaster can strike at any time………………and anywhere. Are you ready? Are you prepared? We all go through life with a good case of NORMALCY BIAS. You know, it’s the “it won’t happen to me syndrome”. But if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time……it could happen to you. If it does your first instinct is going to be……..”GET BACK HOME TO MY FAMILY”. And that’s when you’ll wish you were prepared.
It doesn’t take much to become prepared. Stay with me and I’ll show you what to do to become prepared. This site is dedicated to doing just that. This site is loaded with solutions to your getting home to your family, whether you are 6 miles away or 60 miles away.
I remember years ago…..the Adjutant General I reported to, while I was completing my reserve commitment, had a sign over the door to his office. It consisted of the letter “P” five times. He was an over powering person so I avoided the question for a while. Finally I asked “General, what do the 5 P’s represent?”. He responded with “I thought you’d never ask. They mean Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance“. Since then I’ve tried to put the 5P’s into practice in all that I do. The 5 P’s have turned out to be very successful for me during my lifetime. And the older I get the more meaning they have.
Right now we’re living in a real crazy world. As if tornadoes, hurricanes, wild fires, mud slides, sink holes, and 60 year old bridges built to last 40 years weren’t enough, we have both foreign and domestic terrorists to contend with. It suddenly gives the 5P’s a whole new meaning.
I’m a traveling jewelry appraiser, so on any given work day I can be 5 miles from home or 60 miles from home. My concern is to be able to get back home as quickly as possible to my family, in the event SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan). And we all know that when SHTF it is never distributed evenly.
Now I’m sure you’re asking what do I take with me, how do I prepare, and where do I get stuff from? Great questions, but before jumping into the answers we need to clarify a few things.
FIRST – I am not a Prepper who stockpiles food, rifles, ammo, and God knows what else.
SECOND – I am not a Survivalist who spends all their free time conquering the next outdoor adventure.
THIRD – I am not a Bushcrafter who builds places to live in the wilderness from what’s in the surroundings.
SO WHAT AM I ?
I AM JUST A SURVIVOR……like most of you. We’ve been surviving our whole lives.
I’ll be saying this a lot –
– this site is dedicated to URBAN SURVIVAL AFTER A DISASTER.
OK, now let’s begin by looking at how far people travel daily to work. Commuter statistics show the following:
30% of commuters travel 5 miles or less to work.
50% of commuters travel 10 miles or less to work.
75% of commuters travel 15 miles or less to work.
That means three out of 4 people work within 15 miles from home.
Next let’s take a look at walking speed. The walking speed for the average human is 3 miles per hour. I’m adjusting that downward to 2 miles per hour for a variety of reasons like health and surrounding conditions, since we don’t know what they will be after the incident.
It will take those commuting 5 miles from home 2-1/2 hours to walk home.
It will take those commuting 10 miles from home 5 hours to walk home.
(this is 50% of those driving to work)
It will take those commuting 15 miles from home 7-1/2 hours to walk home.
(this is 75% of those driving to work)
It will take those commuting 20 miles from home 10 hours to walk home.
It will take those commuting 30 miles from home 15 hours to walk home.
It will take those commuting 60 miles from home 30 hours to walk home.
(25% OR the rest of us fall between 20 and 60 miles)
Realistically then, since 75% of people only have to travel 15 miles or less to work…….that’s a 7-1/2 hour walk……at a slow pace. That makes getting home much easier. For most people getting home can be accomplished without all sorts of gear to slow you down. And it can be done without breaking the bank. The remaining pages are dedicated to just that. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on equipment, but you do need quality gear. You’re not using it every day. At most you need it to get you through the first 72 hours. If you’re not yet home or you’re hurt…….FEMA and the Red Cross will be there by then. And the gear you have with you has kept you alive.
Here’s a price example. Many survival video creators will show you their head lamp. It’s top of the line, rechargeable, and costs $80 to over $100. My headlamp has a band for around my head and it is detachable and can mounted on the brim of my ball cap. It has a 600 lumen head lamp………………COST IS $15………………hard to beat that.
The products I show are available from Amazon. I also own all the items I show. And yes, if you buy from Amazon using one of my picture links they’ll throw a little coin my way.
So now it’s your turn. Learn about the 10 C’s of survival and then, based on your commuting distance take a look at your options. You can get a kit from 2 C’s through 10 C’s and beyond.
In the spirit of friendship and surviving,