I officially became interested in survival (as opposed to daily surviving) when I first picked up John Wiseman’s excellent SAS Survival Guide, an excellent publication and introduction to the world of survival.
Over the years I’ve picked up several other books and magazines, and practiced a lot of techniques learned from these publications.
Most of them deal with what to do if you are in the middle of nowhere and need to take care of yourself.
But recently there is also a growing volume of information available on surviving right where you live, in the city or suburbs, not out in the middle of the forest, and during normal day-to-day activities, not in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
Because our lives these days can be upended in a second by the actions of people around us, be they terrorists, criminals or mentally disturbed individuals. Take a look at the headlines if you think I’m exaggerating.
My wife and I have lived in a quiet suburb of Toronto for the last couple of decades. It’s an older neighbourhood with many elderly residents, but surrounding this group of bungalow subdivisions are several areas of rundown high-rises and Toronto District Community Housing, including one group of rental buildings which, for many years, has been the go-to destination for drugs and stolen goods.
It would be unfair to say that everyone living in these surrounding areas is a threat, but it would also be inaccurate to deny that that population contains a higher number of threats than average. And naturally, there is an overlap.
This post serves as an introduction to a series on what is currently being termed “urban survival”, not just in the event of societal collapse, but in day-to-day situations, in how we move around our city and how we keep each other safe.
To start with, I don’t expect much in the way of action from our politicians and officials. Last weekend, just a few miles from here, we logged three murders within 24 hours. That count has gone up this week and as of last night we have achieved fifty murders in the first six months of 2018.
The reaction from our mayor is a joke.
John Tory, July 1st 2018, Dieppe Park.
“The gun violence is a challenge for us. And, you know, that’s partly because guns are being trafficked in Canada within the current rules. And that’s why those rules need to be strengthened and I’ve made that very clear to government of Canada — it’s why we can’t have people getting out on bail 20 minutes after they’re arrested for using a gun.”