More often than not, you will be preparing for urban survival as that vast majority of population live in high density areas. There are many important factors to analyze to prepare yourself, your home, and your family for proper urban survival. Being able to understand where your weaknesses and strengths are will help you find techniques and tools to keep your home a safe place to stay.
The key to Urban Survival
The key to urban survival is understanding your environment, and having a long term food and water storage and replenishment plan in place. The most dangerous position you will find yourself in is trying to gather food and water for the first 72 hours after a disaster hits. Within these 72 hours every unprepared person will be fighting to gather supplies for them and their families. There is no store that carries enough supplies for everyone, so eventually people will start hurting others to get the supplies they need.
The best survival tip that I can give you, is stock up on food and water. Don't leave the safety of your house for the first 72 hours if you have the ability to bug in.
How to stay safe at home
The key to keeping your home safe when thinking about urban survival, is also preparation. It is suggested that if you plan on bugging in in a urban environment, that you have all the supplies necessary to not have to leave your property to defend it. Keeping plywood handy to cover your windows, 2x4 boards to secure entrances, and the supplies needed to put them securely in place.
Keeping bad people out requires more than just boarding up windows and doors however. The best way to defend your property, is to make the potential loss larger than the potential gain for marauders and scavengers. Weapons as a necessity even if you are against violence. Guns are the preferred weapon, but as you know ammo is not unlimited, so having some primitive combat tools such as a knife, axe, or sword is important.
Another helpful tip for urban survival is knowing your surroundings, having a map is with key locations marked is important. In the case that you have to actually leave your property, knowing the fastest and shortest routes to where you need to go is vital. It's also important to plan multiple routes, and know where to go and meet if your party gets separated.
Using common sense can get you a long way. Think before acting. When you’re tired, hungry, dehydrated and stressed, making critical decisions will save your life.