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.
I was looking for a inexpensive way to filter water, this seems like a legit method cause i have seen it done before.
yeah its a proven system its a little slow going but you can make it faster by adding a small hand pump to the intake. lets you gather water easier and by forcing through the filter the whole thing will go faster. shouldn't coast more then 20 30 dollars with a lot of left over material for more filters. remember two is one and one is none.
I don't know if it rains a lot in your area but where I live I get a LOT of precipitation, and if it snows, I can heat the snow and then boil it into fresh water, using a pad to clear any debris. But yeah, I don't really ask myself that question very often.
Cities are bad. After a few days the bodies will be well into rotting down and spreading disease into the water supplies and air. The second anything happens in a city which results in large number of bodies laying unattended you need to get out. It won't be the unrest or gangs etc which get you, it will be the disease that will be sweeping through built up areas like a firestorm.
Most people will say if you haven't left a big town or city after the first 24 hours then the chances are you won't ever make it out due to the toxicity of the enviroment in the coming days. That's not even considering if it happens in Summer. Even if you have a decontamination suit you have to take it off to eat. Unless you're in a sealed bunker with it's own air, food and water supply you need to be making tracks on the first day or ideally before whatever disaster hits.
you may be right i live in a small borough that's only 3 miles long and at parts max 6 blocks with a minimum of two blocks wide but i am surrounded by three major city's we will call, B, EO, & M. there are roughly 7,500 people living with in roughly 1,300 spare miles in my town. with a population density of 5,700.0 people per square mile.
B to the east has a population of around 47,000 people living with in 5.328 square miles. with a population density of 9,000.0 per square mile.
M to the west has 38,000 people living with in 6.000 square miles. with a population density of 6,000.0 inhabitants per square mile.
And finally EO to the north has a population of 64,000 living with in 4.000 square miles. and a population density of 16,000.0 inhabitants per square mile.
now that i lay it all out i may be in trouble.