- Silcock key. When looking for water in an urban environment, opening the water valves in commercial and industrial buildings can be an option.
- Crowbar. Lots of uses from searching for victims to escaping your own destroyed home to breaking into commercial buildings to borrow needed supplies.
- N95 masks. Don't want to be inhaling dust and debris so use a mask when outside (buy some white ones for normal use and black ones for night ops).
- Lockpicking kit. Learn how to use this kit before you need it.
- Headlamp. Better than a flashlight in many cases; bring a flashlight too, however.
- Gloves. Leather work gloves, nitrile gloves, black nitrile gloves for night ops, and Mechanix-type grippy gloves.
- HAM radio. This may be the only way to communicate if all other communication systems are down.
- Fixed-blade knife. Cutting bloody things is slippery business, make sure your fixed blade knife has a hilt. Carry it in a sheath.
- Goggles. To keep the dirt, smoke, and particulate matter in the air out of your eyes.
- Drone. Get the quietest one you can find.
- Bolt cutters. Best option for cutting things that would otherwise be difficult to access (locks, heavy gauge wire, chain link fences, etc).
- Firearms (pistol, shotgun, rifle) and lots of ammo.
- Bottle of bleach (or two or three). There are lots of uses for bleach in a SHTF situation.
- Matches/lighters/magnesium fire starter. The ability to make fire is always necessary.
- Duct tape/paracord/zip ties/bungie cords. There are a multitude of uses for items that can bind/tie/secure stuff in a SHTF event.
- Multi tool. Always useful.
- Medical kit. The more comprehensive the better.
- Food, water.
- Solar charger. For all of your gear with rechargeable batteries such as HAM radio, headlamp, flashlight, etc.
- Stuff specific to your area and circumstance: hot weather gear, cold weather gear, bicycle or motorcycle, etc.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
20 Items You Need for an Urban Post-SHTF Situation
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