Can You Survive the End of the World…In an Apartment?

Most survival preparedness websites and TV shows focus on providing tips for families with a lot of land and resources at their disposal. While this speaks to many Americans and makes for bigger, grander ideas, it doesn’t necessarily reflect everyone’s reality. If you live on a small plot of land or in an apartment, you may not be able to pack an emergency vault full of food and weapons. You may not be able to catch rainwater or build a panic room. That doesn’t mean, though, that you should abandon prudent preparation. Here are some things you can do no matter where you live.

Dispense With the Extravagance

Survival-focused TV shows grab their ratings by focusing on the most extreme preppers in America. While there’s nothing wrong with building a hurricane-proof, concrete asylum for you and your family, you don’t necessarily need to go to these extremes to prepare for an emergency. Instead, focus on the fundamentals. Food and water should take precedence over everything else. Look for foods that keep for a long time and those that don’t need to be cooked for edibility. Canned vegetables, canned pasta meals, cereal, extra cans of formula if you have a baby, and other non-perishables. If you have the storage space, aim for a two-week supply of both food and water.

Medical Prep

Depending on the nature of the emergency, you may not be able to access immediate medical care. Make sure you have some basic medical supplies on hand, and familiarize yourself with their use. A First Aid kit is an essential component of these supplies. You don’t have to spend a fortune stocking it, but you should make sure it has all the basics. Gauze, band-aids, ointment, adhesive tape, aspirin, scissors, etc. Additionally, stock the kit with a two week supply of any personal medications you and your family need on a regular basis.

Emergency Funds

You may not be able to rely on the banking system if all hell breaks loose. ATMs, debit cards, and electronic transfers are ubiquitous in modern society, but these could all fall to the wayside in the face of a major grid breakdown. Make sure you have some emergency cash on hand. You can start small. Just sock away some money here and there, just as you might have stuffed a piggy bank when you were a kid. Keep adding to the fund whenever you get the chance, aiming for a cash reserve of $500 or so.

Sanitation and Extras

Though you’ll have to make some sacrifices when preparing in an apartment setting, don’t forget about some of the “extras” that will make living through an emergency much easier. This includes toilet paper, a major luxury that’s easy to miss when stocking up. Additionally, stock up on kitchen utensils, paper plates, flashlights, batteries, radios, and copies of your important documents. You can’t prepare for every possible eventuality, but this small cache of essentials will put you far ahead of the pack.