Preparedness is always hard. At least that is what we are made to believe. Living in the country surrounded by nothing open land and the occasional neighbor preparedness is made easy. You have land to grow crops, raise livestock, hunt, and even fish. Urban environments are just the opposite. You are always surrounded by people. There is a constant lack of space and room to maneuver or garden.
You could say suburban survival is a blend of those two types of environments. The truth of the matter is suburban survival has more to do with living in a city than living in the country. It starts off with limited space, neighbors close by, and normally restrictions on what you can or can’t do. This is where a lot of people find themselves though. A large portion of the population finds themselves living in suburban environments.
Under normal day to day life those of us with kids and families, living in suburban environments makes life convenient. Trying to incorporate prepping into a suburban lifestyle is easier than most people think. On one hand you have more space to work with than if you are living in the city. On the opposite side of things you do not have the wide open spaces that someone living in the country has.
We have to start by making use of the space that you do have. Many times you have more space available then you realise. Yards vary in size but, you can work with a lot less than you think you can. A simple one acre lot can be made to produce tons of food for your family.
Family and neighbors are the next thing that you have to consider. Your family is your prime concern. Making sure they are provided for and they have what they need is the goal. You can easily make raised bed planters, rain barrels, and other preparedness projects to adapt the small yard space to provide fresh food to your family. Planning ahead is the key to success. Storage is not normally an issue inside the home. Urban environments are the opposite.
Natural resources are a problem. Unlike living in the country you will have to make due with what is around you. This is closer to the mentality of living in an urban environment. There are things that you can do like planting trees and such on your property or other resources that you or your family might need.
Community isolation is a major problem. Not that you yourself are isolated, it is the problem of disaster response. Major agencies will start disaster relief in major population centers. This means you will likely have to wait longer for those resources to trickle down. This is closer to living in the country than an urban setting.
That being known makes community more important than ever. Just like community watch programs people can band together to help each other in the case that a disaster strikes. You can organize things like prepper seminars, classes, or training camps to assure that your neighbors are well prepared for a natural disaster. That way they are not banging on your door hoping you will save them.
This is the beginning of an ongoing series that I am going to cover everyday topics and projects that will cover suburban prepping and survival.
There is the basic information! You decide the outcome!