What survival skills are more important, urban or rural?



In today's world, the prudent amongst us have decided to prepare for the unforeseen. If you're reading this, we're hoping that you fall into this category. If you're new to Range University, listen up. The Covid-19 crisis has shown anyone with a modicum of common sense that there can be significant negative repercussions without a minimal level of preparation. In the special operations community, the key to success in irregular environments is tailoring your approach to your specific situation. We want to talk about some issues that most will have to overcome in a disaster type scenario.



First, I want to say that this will not be an apocalypse/zombie scenario walk through. However, there are a few types of survival situations to consider. You will have to tailor your approach based on the problems you encounter. First, the natural disaster type: tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes. The second are man-made disasters: terrorism, accidents, financial collapse, government-imposed pandemics, or overreach. We're going to talk about the first type as they offer a more broad overview and the skills have applicability in most situations. We will go over the pros and cons of beginning your survival efforts in an urban or rural environment and how to prioritize your training efforts during a disaster or worst-case scenario of a pandemic. I'll be lumping city dwellers, suburbanites, and people living within city limits of small towns, all under urban survival. Likewise, I'll lump homesteaders, survivalists, country ranch folks, and people more than a 20-minute drive away from the nearest town and infrastructure with the rural survival. Everyone understands that living in the city is much different than in the country. Regional differences, climate variances, population densities, infrastructure support networks, population self-sufficiency levels, etc., all are critical factors in developing your preparation plans to where you call home.


According to the US census bureau, 62.7% of the US population live in cities or metropolitan areas. This is a stunning statistic in that those inhabitants occupy just 3.5% of the available land in the US. That means most of us will have to first orient to utilizing urban techniques as our primary means of survival. There are some advantages to being in a city. Ready-made shelter, access to more significant community support, and medical resources. Cities will also get the focus of first aid in a natural disaster due to their population sizes. The most practical reason as to why people live in cities is access to greater opportunities. There you'll likely have an higher income potential, thus providing the ability to expand one's preparations at a faster rate than elsewhere.



The negatives of city-dwelling, however, outweigh the positives in our humble opinion. With a larger population, there are fewer resources available for all. Essential services: water, food, waste removal, security, all are intertwined. Most people only carry about two days of food in their homes on average. Granted, this can go further with frozen foods, but in a natural disaster, the likelihood of having electricity to preserve those frozen foods is very low. Large scale or even micro-scale gardens are non-existent or will be overwhelmed in a day. These are not sustainable options built overnight. The majority of city dwellers do not understand or possess th