awwwright, you remote homesteading homies
this is how the rest of us roll
Ranger Man has seen extensive posts by survivalists that proclaim in order to be a “true” survivalist one has to live 80 miles from the nearest convenience store, on a farm, far from any possible nuclear targets. Ranger Man is here to tell you – that’s simply not true.
You don’t need to live the life of a deranged hermit to survive the coming cataclysm. You don’t need 40 acres of wheat crops and 50 acres of standing firewood. Those who proclaim this underestimate the abilities of urban and suburban survivalists.
Ranger Man, for example, lives in the ‘burbs on a roughly 1-acre house lot within one mile of a grocery store and gas station. I heat my suburban “keep” with multiple fuel sources: oil, wood and propane. I am in the long-term process of converting my yard space into a TEOTWAWKI survival ground complete with fruit bearing trees, berries, root crops and raised bed gardens. I’ll employ the square-foot or “French intensive” gardening technique. This permits abundant yield in limited space. One can easily produce enough food for a small family on a one acre lot if the space is used properly. Additionally, many municipal codes now permit homeowners to keep chickens and rabbits in urban and suburban environments. There’s your meat source; and you don’t need the expense, work and space to maintain a pile of cows.
There are, in fact, advantages to urban and suburban survivalism. For example, I:
- live close to my place of work (think high price of gas and global warming)
- live close to the fire department
- once had to call the ambulance for my infant child (worst night of my life – 5 hours of true SHTF) and they arrived in about 8 minutes – literally
- have a public water supply. (Yes, I know many see this as a disadvantage, but you know what? If the power goes out, the massive municipal generator down at the water station kicks on like nothing happened.)
On the subject of power, during Maine’s infamous ice storm in 1998, people in the sticks were without power for many weeks. My neighborhood was out for a few hours.
Am I saying that if TEOTWAWKI hit an urban environment would be better than a rural environment? No, I’m not; but there’s a high likelihood TEOTWAWKI will not hit in my lifetime. SHTF, on the other hand – very possible – very likely.
Properly trained and equipped, urban and suburbanites can easily survive a SHTF situation. And if TEOTWAWKI did hit – you folks in the boonies won’t be in the boonies for long. The Golden Horde will find you. Yeah, you’ll repel the first wave . . . probably the second . . . maybe the third . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . have no worries. Ranger Man can wait it all out. I’ll rid the Golden Horde from your land. Ranger Man . . . will avenge you!
In the meantime, you remote homesteaders will burn up about 40 bucks in gas and spend 3 hours driving just to see the new “I am Legend” movie coming out today. I’ll burn up about 3 bucks in gas and spend 25 minutes driving to the matinee tomorrow. Expect a full movie review.
How pertinent to this post: “I’m a survivor living in New York City.”
Watch and see: