Assuming you lived in the 'burbs. Would you try to push your way out right away, or hang out at home for a while?
This is assuming of course a long-term to indefinite outbreak.
Something to remember, if you dont get to your perfect hideout soon, someone else could be there when you do, and its probable that they wont want to share anything with some johnny come lately trying to take food out of their kids mouths.
The greatest danger in any disaster is during the first ten days to two weeks. People who are subject to panic do, people who are waiting for help realize that it isn't coming. People who are waiting for the lights to come back on and the flow of information to resume begin to understand that it isn't going to happen. This is the breeding ground for desperation. No matter what the emergency, if you can safely stay in your own home for two weeks to a month you greatly increase the chances that the situation will at least stabilize and you can better evaluate options. And you are right, people who think it's a good idea to "head for the hills" seem to have forgotten that people like me already live in those hills, and they are not going to be welcoming to strangers and refugees. Especially ones who could be carrying a virulent disease.
I live on the edge of town in a small farming community, so we'll at least have a small warning of what's coming by watching the news.. Small towns in the middle of nowhere are usually hit last. And we're a tight-knit community, I'm sure we can all work together. :)
I'd get away as fast as I could, I can see no benifit of staying put, but I see what you mean, and you don't want to stray into someone else's land unless you have something definite to offer eg skill at shooting, archery, tracking etc. Maybe I'd stock up on tinned food first, but to be honest, I don't think that every one who heads to the hills will survive. That's kind of obvious, but a lot of people underestimate how hard it would be to survive in the wild, and lack basic skill even of making a fire, with or without matches.
I know for a fact that it would be hard for me and my family to get out of the suburbs quiclkly and safely. When Irene made landfall and my county had to evacuate it was hard to go anywhere except if it was uphill in the mountains. I'm gonna lay low in my house, i got enough supplies to last 2 people for 1-2 months. When my supplies start to get low I'll take a look around town and see if there is anything worth foraging. If not I'll take what I have and head for the mountains,lots of nice houses up there that people use as vaction homes some might not make it there and hopefully me and my family could stay there for a while.
All you have to do is look at the elements at hand despite living in the suburbs. In a long term urban disaster, I would ask myself the following: 1.) How much food? 2.) How much fuel? 3.) How much ammo? Those are what are needed to stay robust, warm, and safe. To tell you the truth, I would leave my dwelling if those three were not present, unless the government declared a national guard order. In a long term/ indefinite disaster, you'll basically have to have farming abilities and supplies that would rival the people from "Doomsday Preppers." Don't forget unfriendly people that were once your friends, now gone hungry...
On an ending note, the "After Armageddon" documentary proved that average American families have about enough food for only 3 days... that is scary on a realistic level. Just something to think about.
Dude you forgot water which is more important than all three.
yeah really renumber your rule of three:
3 minuets without air
3 hours without shelter
3 days without water
3 weeks wit out food
I'm in the middle of trying to store up enough water for my family of four. i got 30 or food gallons in a closet right now plus a water bob for the tub. (basically a big plastic bladder for your bathtub so you don't have to leave the water you put in it exposed to the elements. fir 20 bucks its the easiest hundred gallons you'll get) i don't know how my water supply will hold up in the coming zombie invasion. the whole town runs of a aquifer that's right next door to me. (for those who don't know its like a giant well) the pump stations small and self-contained with a huger generator. one man could and probably does run it. only problem is its a hospital generator. yeah hospital runs the water around here, condition of them building there new building couple years ago. but there are two big open rivers that run right my me. one through the center of the town a mile away. the other down the hill from me maybe three blocks.easy to get water there. also there are a few more around me. so more or less I'm covered on water.
Lol I remember that from the "Everything You Want To Know About Zombies" book.
i just finished reading that great book, loved the survival section.
I got a water bob too, have it sitting next to my tub. Best 20 bucks I ever spent and gives me a good piece of mind knowing i got 100 gallons of water at my disposal. Your pretty lucky with your water situation, the only major water source near me is the susquhanna river and that water is disgusting it's going to be a real pain in the ass trying to filter that water. im trying to find a natural spring near me but no luck.
yeah i keep mine next to the tub too. and if the waters that bad in the river try making a char coal and sand filter. its easy. get a plastic bottle i like the 3 liter ones myself just for the size. drill small holes in the bottom a lot of them but use the smallest drill bit you can. then pour in a base layer of sand followed by a layer charcoal. you can use ground up charcoal brickets as long as they don't have lighter fluid in them. then just repeat until you fill up the bottle. i would leave some space at the top though for water to pool up in the bottle. maybe an inch or two of empty space with each layer of charcoal and sand being about a half inch. and you can also tape a coffee filter or piece of cloth to the bottom as extra filtration and a way of keeping the sand and charcoal in. and there you have it. a cheap and effective way of filtering ever the dirtiest of water. just run it through till its clear. once should realty do it, and then boil and your good.