Book Festival 7: Urban Emergency Survival Plan

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Book Festival 7: Urban Emergency Survival Plan

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.  Jim Cobb, the author of Urban Emergency Survival Plan is back again to answer some new Book Festival questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of the book.

This is Jim’s fourth entry in the BDS Book Festival Series and with good reason.  His books are solid references with credible information that can easily be put into action with a minimum amount of stress and cost.  There is nothing exotic or far-fetched about Jim or his books.

Urban Emergency Survival

Urban Emergency Survival Plan is no exception.  This is a book for city dwellers or residents of the suburbs who plan to bug in.  This covers a good percentage of the population so why aren’t more books focused on that fact?

One of the sections in Urban Emergency Survival Plan covers how to shelter in place at work.  You spend up to one third of your daily life at the workplace.  Have you given any consideration to what you would do if there was a disaster and you could not get home?  See what I mean? This book is unique in covering situations that are not typically covered in preparedness books.  You are going to like this one!

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Jim Cobb, Author of Urban Emergency Survival Plan

Most preppers have some sort of EDC (Every Day Carry). What items do you carry with you at all times?

Due to my day job as a private investigator, I tend to spend a lot of time in and out of courthouses and other government facilities. That being the case, I can’t always carry on my person everything I’d like. But, on a daily basis, I have either in my pockets or in my car the following:

Pocket knife
Cell phone
Butane lighter
Small notepad and pen
Small flashlight

If I’m not working, then I’ll add a firearm or other defensive weapon.

Have you ever lived through a real disaster and therefore had to live on your preps?  If so, for how long? What were some of the mistakes you encountered along the way?

We routinely see power outages, either due to weather or traffic accidents.

One mistake we learned from early on was not to count on any flashlights stashed in children’s bedrooms to be functional when actually needed. Batteries were either drained or missing completely. So, now we have crank powered flashlights in those rooms.

Bugging out poses a major dilemma for many preppers. Family obligations, money, jobs, and health considerations all play a role in the bug-out, bug-in decision. What advice do you have for those that who will be required to bug-in?

I firmly believe that bugging out should be your last option, not a primary plan.

Sheltering in place allows you to take advantage of your pantry and other stockpiled supplies. For those who are planning to shelter in place in the event of a crisis, I strongly suggest you conduct a few practice drills. Turn off the power to the home for just one day and see how things go. Learn from the inevitable mistakes now, while you have the ability to correct them.

What specifically would you like Backdoor Survival readers to learn from your book?

My goal with any of my books is to convey practical, common sense solutions to the problems we may face in the wake of a disaster.

I’m not a fear monger and avoid as much as possible using scare tactics to convince people to prep. Instead, I make the assumption that if you’re reading one of my books, you probably already have at least some interest in the topic. See, for me, I don’t care why you prep. Seriously, the reasons you may have, whether because you are worried about an economic collapse, terrorism, or natural disasters, don’t come into play for me.

I’m far more concerned about the how of prepping and trying to show readers various ways they can accomplish their preparedness goals.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Urban Emergency Survival Plan has been reserved for one lucky reader.

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If for some reason the Rafflecopter widget is not working, you may also enter here.

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Urban Emergency Survival Plan will become a useful resource for any prepper who lives in or near a city.  I encourage you to enter to win a copy of this latest book from Jim Cobb.

Good luck, everyone!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  Urban Emergency Survival Plan: Readiness Strategies for the City and Suburbs

This book will not advise you to flee the city and set up a homestead to avoid potential disasters. With many other survival-planning resources emphasizing that approach, urban dwellers that plan to stay put in the city, no matter the circumstances, have been overlooked.image

This book delivers a common-sense approach to urban survival planning rather than advocating that city survivalists need to figure out a way to grow an acre of food, raise goats, and build an underground bunker.It includes:

  • Packing lists for get-home bags, everyday carry items for adults and kids and bug-out bags
  • An overview of threats that face an urban area and instructions for planning safe travel during and after disasters, as well as how to plan a temporary escape
  • Instructions for sheltering in place at work
  • Chapters on food storage and water procurement in urban areas with emphasis on limited space and budget
  • A detailed chapter on security options in urban areas
  • A detailed chapter on sanitation, first aid and shelter
  • Ideas for how to respond and cooperate with government disaster plans
  • Photos of important survival gear

Discover the skills you’ll need to weather any storm, whether you live in an apartment, townhouse, condominium, single-family home or any other urban setting. With planning and practice, you’ll gain the confidence to always feel safe in the city.

Author: Jim Cobb

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77 Responses to “Book Festival 7: Urban Emergency Survival Plan”

  1. The preparedness topic I am interested in is safety especially in an apartment complex and where to find water when your not on a well.

  2. Info on amounts of various supplies for each person and for how long. It is confusing to hear one years worth of food, but how much is that per person and what variety? How many candles are enough? How much hygiene? How many cords of wood for our region of the country? We are pretty well set as we have been getting ready about eight years…..but still late at night the worries come….is it enough??

  3. I would like to learn more about basic electricity and how to repair broken electrical items (assuming the disaster is not an EMP), since we may be on our own with a lot of damaged electrical equipment.

    It would also be helpful to learn exactly how an EMP affects electrical circuits. For example, would a flashlight without batteries survive or could some parts of a computer survive if it were not hooked to current (AC or DC) when the EMP occurred? Food for thought!

  4. If I was caught in the cities,(shopping) I would have my EDC. Extra cash hidden in something in my bag and maps to exit. The book still would give me great info. on just bugging in. Would love to win it.

  5. Since we are just starting, I would say there are a lot but to pick just one I would say to know just how much we need to store for our family of 5.

  6. I have been reading the book, One Second After and thus this subject came up for me and seems valid for many others also.

    The preparedness topic I would like to see addressed is how to deal with prescription medications. For example, if one is dependent on thyroid medications or eye drops for glaucoma (and your doctors will not NOT agree to give you additional prescriptions for stocking up purposes)…..what does one do?

    Is there a way to take care of these medical conditions via natural means?

    I also recently discovered that pharmacies are often not stocking up on meds but receive daily deliveries instead. What happens to the millions of folks who are dependent on prescription medications if deliveries are stopped by unforeseen events?

    Would appreciate feedback. Many thanks!

  7. If it were a long time event, I need to consider alternatives to my preps. We will run out of things toilet paper, etc. So what are our alternatives?

    • In the old days there were stacks of old magazines, phone books, catalogs & newspapers in the outhouse to use for toilet paper.

  8. I would definitely love to learn more about ways of long distance communication after an EMP (getting a HAM license is not practical for everybody). It seems that a common concern is how to communicate with family/loved ones that are a distance away. I know that most preppers have loved ones that definitely wouldn’t get a HAM license but would still want some way to communicate with them. Also, I would like to learn more specifics about what will or wont work after an EMP as well as understandable instructions about hardening vehicles and such. I mean i’m decently handy when it comes to working on a vehicle(for a woman lol). I can do quite a bit, so I would be interested to learn about what spare parts I might be able to buy now and put into a faraday cage and then I feel sure that I could change them out afterwards if need be. But I don’t know what all will be zapped.

  9. I’m with Anne. I also would like to see more information on acquiring,(and keeping and storage of said prescription meds). So far I haven’t seen (or read about yet) a natural solution/substitution for the specific ‘scripts we (DH & I) need to take. Since most pharms don’t have a lot of supplies on hand and the prescription services won’t send more than 3 months supply at anytime and only when one is almost out of the previous 3 mths. How do I get and store the meds I(and DH) needs safely. Do we rotate the meds like our food storage?
    If we stock the fish anti biotics, what is the strength of the penicillin/ sulpha, etc in it? Yes it maybe the same penicillin we humans take but how strong is it, how many tabs would one have to take to equal what one dose of “human” meds would be.
    Reason I ask is through some research I was able to do about the different manufactures (Dow, Lilly, etc) It may be thyroid meds for example but percentages of each ingredient of the prescription may differ between the manufacturers.

    • I wanted to address the issue of building up a prescription stock. Most insurance plans will allow refills between 1 and 4 days early. I Stay on top of the dates, get my refills early, and stash the excess. Even just stashing one pill per month will add up to a sizable amount over time.

    • I also do this. You never know what could happen. You could get sick and not be able to pick them up on time. And if something bigger happens, you will have some to tide you over.

  10. It is easy to suggest topics for next year. All I have to do is go to the list in my head that keeps worrying me. My questions are how to harden my house, a small frame house. And also how to defend my house and preps alone.

    There are other topics I’m working on right now such as how to grow and store beans grains and potatoes. And how to hide storage food which up til now I have on a big open rack in the kitchen. These topics are easy to research on the Internet and in books. Gaye has a nice post about where to stash food around the house.

  11. self defense for women who are alone & being a Type 1 insulin dependent diabetic, I would like to know how to have insulin on hand in case there’s no other option to get any

  12. I wanted to comment on food storage. I’m Sure many others have experienced this. In the beginning I was prepping everything sold on a shelf as long as I liked the taste. Over the past couple years some of those items have gone bad such as dried Parmesan cheese. I ate it anyway but have made a note not to buy it again. Over time my preps boil down to pasta, white rice, wheat berries, lentils, India split peas, other beans and canned tomato products and vegetables and spices to make meals from the above. Plus oats and maple syrup for breakfast and nuts and dried fruits for snacks. My next thing to try is freeze dried veggies.

  13. I have all of Jim’s books and this one is as good as the rest. So why am I entering the contest for a copy?? So I can send it to some young friends that live too close to Chicago for my comfort.

  14. Practical long term storage for those on very limited budget. Those cans are nice but too expensive and mylar bags also. Ideas on long term using the simple vacuum machine for storage.

  15. In 2015 I’m going to pay closer attention to the monthly prep posts, especially if you decide to expand into new territory with them!

  16. I would like to learn more about making your own tools, knives,and do metal working. If you can’t buy it I’d like to learn how to make it,

  17. Personal and home defense are 2nd on my to do list but getting ready to move into the number 1 spot. We are bugging in to a (hopefully) very defensible location. The more info we get on defending what is ours will help us do just that.
    As a note: I never see the winner’s name of these book etc give-aways. Why is that?

    • After they have been selected and confirmed, the winners are always displayed on the Rafflecopter in the original article. I have double checked and can see them from my end. Can you see them as well?

      Note that winners are usually selected on Thursdays or Fridays so you can always check back then, after the giveaway closes.

  18. I would like to know more about home defense/security in an urban setting that would not draw attention to my home and the fact that I might have stuff during a SHTF scenario.

  19. I take a generalist approach to preparedness so I am open to any topics. I do not think we should put all of our eggs in one basket and should be preparing for multiple scenarios. That being said, I encourage people to find multiple ways to have clean drinking water. I think that will be one of the biggest issues regardless of the extreme condition.

    The book on urban preparedness looks pretty interesting. I know a few people it would help out. Thanks for the contest and I hope you have a very good Christmas and New Year’s.

  20. I’d like to learn how to build or install a functional efficient wood stove for our home for heating and cooking. Right now I have no where to put it. I feel a little downsizing of stuff is necessary!

  21. I agree that for most, bugging in is the best option for 90% of disasters. I have all my stuff, my house, my cookbooks, my garden, know my city streets. vs. Out some place where I may be mistaken for a looter, run into a road block, am more vulnerable and have more limited resources that fit in my vehicle or even worse, my backpack.

  22. What herbs to grow specifically for common health ailments that would otherwise would need prescription antibiotics. And specifially how to cultivate them for use. UTI is a biggie for women and left untreated could turn into sepsis or kidney infection.

  23. I am on 2 medications and cannot exert myself at all but would like to be prepaired for a bug in, what do you suggest beyond the basics of water and food

  24. Communications (close and distant) and home defense (without being too obvious!) are two subjects I am trying to learn more about.

  25. I am also interested in the best forms of communication with family should there be a long-term grid down situation, and with self defense. Thanks!

  26. I’d like to lean about canning (water bath and pressure) and more about using essential oils. Also, how to use and grow medicinal herbs.

  27. I would like to learn about recent research on the effects of an EMP attack. I am seeing contradicting information.

  28. I would like to know more about securing your condo or apartment. I have a well stocked pantry, a 100 gallon tank on my aquaponics, and small solar power back up system. I need to know how to disguise and protect my resources.

  29. I would agree with all a the topics listed above but I would like to add one more, shelf stable recipes. I have checked out numerous recipe books on amazon that say they are pepper type recipes but then they will list fresh food items, things you won’t find on a shelf in a long term food pantry. I would like to see some discussion on true shelf stable recipes and some more discussion on making shft meal plans as well so I can better determine how much to store.

  30. I’d like to obtain a list of common ailments and home remedies. Perhaps using essential oils in one list but in another list I’d like old time remedies. What to do if you don’t have essential oils.

  31. I’d like to learn more about how to use herbs and other natural remedies if/when we can’t get prescription or OTC medications.

  32. I would like to know how to ensure I have enough of my prescription medications as I really can’t, or don’t know how, to stockpile any.
    Thank you.

  33. I want to learn more about using essential oils. I have the book ‘The Complete Book of essential Oils & Aromatherapy’ I have made the ear ache rub. seems to work quite well.

  34. I would really like to see more articles on emergency power for a grid down situation. Battery banks, solar, etc. would be helpful!

  35. Ok so we all have 300 pounds of wheat berries…um what do I do with them? something like that would be great next year. 😀

  36. For many of us, bugging in is a good/best alternative. We do not have the resources to buy 5 acres in the boonies for a cabin etc. I think we have many of the basics covered in the BOBs for my wife and me (shelter, immediate use water and longer term purification via Vario and Sawyer, 10-12 days of food, food prep/utensils, fire, etc.). I do not have any firearms in our BOBs because of our grandchildren though they are close if we can take an extra minute before getting out of the house. I would really like to see more info on medicinal and edible plants/weeds and more about long term sustainment post survival mode.

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