Combating urban challenges to prepping

For the most part, rural and semi-rural areas have distinct advantages over urban environments when it comes to prepping.

1) Storage — generally speaking, dwellings are somewhat larger in the country than they are in the city. Thus, more storage space for your preps. Further to that, you ever try to build a shed for your apartment?

2) Privacy — when you’re not living shoulder to shoulder with other people, it is easier to keep your preps to yourself.

3) Safety — while home invasions and the increasing numbers of meth labs are risks outside city limits, you’re still safer from crime out in the sticks.

4) It is a whole lot easier to plant a garden when you actually have a yard in which to do so.

Does this mean those who live in a city out of necessity should just give up? Not by a long shot! You just need to be aware of a few risks and take countermeasures.

Don’t place huge orders for products online. Having all those packages piled up next to the mailbox area of your apartment building probably isn’t a great idea. Better to order a little at a time. Come up with a decent “cover story” to give your neighbors to explain all the deliveries. Maybe something about doing a lot of buying and reselling online? Consider renting a P.O. Box either through USPS, Mailboxes, Etc., or something and bring your stuff home yourself, rather than having it delivered to your door.

In most apartments, there just isn’t a whole lot of storage space, so you have to get creative. Backs of closets and cupboards are good starting points. Under the bed is a great option as well. Utilize that storage space in the basement too. Just repackage your stuff in old boxes and label them “old clothes” or something.

It is possible to grow food in an apartment. Difficult, but possible. Look into container gardening. Basically, growing your plants in pots rather than in the ground. You likely won’t have space to grow a ton of stuff but anything is better than nothing.

Every environment has unique challenges when it comes to prepping. The trick is to recognize and overcome them before they turn into real issues.

Weekly Assignment — Inventory Emergency Kits

Starting today, every Monday I will give you a weekly assignment. This homework is designed to keep you thinking about preparedness and working toward it. No one will be looking over your shoulder to make sure you complete each week’s assignment. But, by following along and completing the tasks, you’ll be all the better for it.

This week, I want you to do a complete inventory and inspection of every one of your emergency kits. Get your bug out bag out of your trunk and empty it. Inspect every item, checking for signs of wear or damage. Rotate your food and water. Resharpen any bladed tools. Check the expiration dates on first aid kit contents and food items.

Go through your home emergency kit and replace all batteries. Make sure everything that is supposed to be in there still is present and accounted for. We all have a tendency to grab things out of the kits and not put them back.

If for some reason you don’t have a bug out bag or home emergency kit yet, now is a great time to get them assembled. I’ve done several blog posts on how to do this. Just do a search for bug out bag to find those posts.

Please comment below with how you did with this assignment.