There’s A New Type Of Prepping That’s Going Mainstream

In recent years, there’s been a growing buzz around urban prepping. As crisis’s and severe storms hit more people in urban areas are getting prepared.

What is Urban Prepping?

At its core, urban prepping is about being ready for emergencies in a city environment. Think natural disasters, power outages, pandemics – the works. Unlike rural prepping, which often has a focus on self-sustainability over a long period, urban prepping is more about short-term survival and maintaining a level of comfort during disruptions that are more common in densely populated areas.

Why the Surge in Popularity?

  1. Awareness of Disasters: The increasing frequency of extreme weather events and natural disasters has made it clear that no place, not even bustling cities, is immune to emergencies.
  2. Pandemic Lessons: COVID-19 was a wake-up call. It showed just how quickly everyday life could change and the importance of having essentials on hand.
  3. Urban Challenges: Cities face unique challenges during emergencies, like congested escape routes and reliance on public services. Prepping provides a sense of control in these unpredictable situations.
  4. Digital Age Vulnerabilities: Our tech-reliant lives can come to a screeching halt when the power goes out. Urban preppers plan for these tech interruptions.
  5. Social Media Influence: Online communities and social media have made prepping more accessible. They’re platforms for sharing tips and experiences, making prepping less intimidating.

Prepping in Limited Spaces

Urban prepping in a small apartment? Totally doable. Here’s how:

    1. Essential Kits: Start with a basic emergency kit. This should include water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, and extra batteries. Keep it compact and easy to grab in a hurry. Water may be hard to come to buy make sure you have a life straw. They are worth their weight in gold.
    2. Space-Savvy Storage: Utilize under-bed space, closets, and even decorative storage solutions like ottomans. Think vertical – shelves can hold a surprising amount of supplies.
    3. Multi-Use Items: Choose items that serve more than one purpose. For example, a camping stove can be a heat source and a way to cook.
    4. Stay Informed: Have a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to stay updated during power outages.
    5. Community Connections: Get to know your neighbors. In times of crisis, a strong community can be your greatest resource.
    6. Regular Reviews: Periodically check your supplies. Rotate food and water stocks and replace expired items.
    7. Have A Bug Bag & Evacuation Plan: In the case of a serious emergency, it may be wise to get out of an urban environment until things calm down and it’s safe to return. Have a 72-hour pack ready to go for each person you live with. If you live in a bustling area packed with people, ask yourself, can I get out on foot? Where can I go for safety? What roots are available? Remember, if you rely on public transportation (which may not be working), you may need to find an alternate way out of the area.

Prepping is about empowerment and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re ready for whatever the city throws your way. Happy prepping!

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