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Six Tips for Becoming Street Smart Using Urban Survival Skills

Posted 06/25/2014 10:04 pm by

The term “Urban Survival” is bantered around a lot these days and can mean different things depending on the context in which it is written.  To my pal George at UrbanSurvival.com, it represents surviving the replay of the Great Depression of 1929 in current times.  And in a sense, that is the foundation upon which Backdoor Survival was initially built.


For today’s article, I am going to use the term in a slightly different context, namely how you can survive in an urban environment by becoming proficient at street smarts.  Or, put even another way, tips for the development of a street smart attitude in a survival situation.

Six Tips for Becoming Street Smart Using Urban Survival Skills   Backdoor Survival

First let us start out with a definition of “street smart”.  The Urban Dictionary describes street smart as the prevailing trait of “someone who is intelligent, has good common sense, knows how to handle bad situations, and has the skills necessary to function where they live”.  To me, “Street Smart” is the ability to recognize what is going on in the world and the place that you live in.  That plus having the physical and mental tools to adapt and survive within that world and that place.  That is my definition and I like it.


So imagine this:


There is chaos around you (due to a natural disaster, civil unrest, massive unemployment, whatever) and even though you stay close to home, you must venture out to go to your job, take your kids to school, and to periodically make a trip to the grocery store.  And yet the moment you step outside you can feel the tension.


What do you do?



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