In any survival situation the basics are overall pretty much the same. You find yourself in a predicament. You have for some reason, from civil war to the latest storm of the century, had your normal lifestyle pulled out from under you and are in a state of panic as to what to do about it.
Now what? What am I gonna do? Why me? On and on the questioning comes, like twenty foot waves crashing against a ten foot boat. Where’s the Red Cross? Where’s FEMA? Where’s the food, water and shelter the government promised? My wife is injured! I’m hungry! My kids are hungry!!
Now, before anything bad happens, is the time to sit down somewhere and begin charting out a plan of action. In dire emergencies (remember Katrina) you cannot just sit on your ass and wait for the help that may be overwhelmed to the point of uselessness.
Basic survival 101 says you need shelter, water, and food to survive. You need the first two ASAP while the food can wait a few days or so, but if you don’t replenish your energy soon, you’re gonna be dead.
Life itself becomes very simple when all the peripherals melt away and the big three take over your entire focus. Your particular situation will dictate your action when it comes to the three necessities.
Living in the country, I would research the edible food sources that grown naturally in the area, both plant and animal. I would find, if any, where the springs were and where and what kind of medicinal herbs grew in the area. It makes no sense to rely on survival formula’s that you learned in a long ago jungle or desert. All that counts is what exists in your immediate vicinity. If you find it an impossible situation, pack up and move when the time is right to a place where you CAN survive.
If you are in a Northern climate it all depends on what time of the year the disaster strikes, as to what is available for you to eat. In the winter, guess what?
You must have a food supply cached away in a safe place because the large animals will disappear quickly under the guns of a zillion hunters . . . then the small critters will disappear . . . birds, rodents, everything.
During the great Pol Pot experiment in Cambodia during the seventies many thousands of people were left living on bugs alone. Learn what insects are edible in your area.
Living in the city would bring on an entire different set of circumstances. What will you do when the grocery shelves are empty? When the bottled water is gone? When the utility has cut your power and heat? You gotta do something. Personally I don’t have a clue as to what I’d do except flee the city. That, if you wait too long, will turn you into a refugee and subject to all the ills that follow. . . . Not a good idea.
I can visualize serious difficulties above and beyond anyone’s comprehension in the major cities of this country if it gets bad enough. I’m not sure there is an answer to the question except get out of the city.
It’s just the last few generations that have been conned into thinking all they have to do is sit back and wait for assistance from a benevolent government. Before WW2 people knew how to take care of themselves and their families.
You must relearn what they knew and do what they did if you have any hope of surviving a long term grid collapse or a nuke attack or a Katrina type disaster. You don’t have to goof out like those ‘preppers’ on National Geographic channel, but you do need to prepare.