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One thing that most true urban warfare, civil war and “real life” urban survival stories have in common is that people are on the move. Maybe some hunker down far enough from the hot zones but for the most part people move and run from waves of danger.
It goes on and on. It happened that way in the Balkans, it’s happening like that in Venezuela and Syria.
If we see an urban collapse like that in our country it will be quite the same. Most people will be flushed out of their homes and into different areas that are safe from ensuing violence.
From there they will have to find new shelters and “homes” to take up until the next rash of violence. You will constantly be on the move in urban survival.
If you are thrust into this sort of situation and a massive, abandoned structure lay before you, do you know how to clear that building?
The most important part of clearing a new structure is to scout it from a distance. A good pair of binoculars will give you an edge.
A great time to do this is in the middle of the day into night. You are looking for movement, sound, smoke, and fire. Any signs that people might be inside should be considered.
You have no idea who is in there, what their intentions and what they might be carrying.
Even if you see no signs of life in the new building you need to very careful about your approach. There is always the chance they are watching you, as well.
Clearing All the Rooms
If you are going to commit to a structure you need to be sure that it’s completely empty.
If you settle into a place with unexplored rooms, those rooms might hold bad people who might do you harm while you sleep or when you least expect it.
Once your structure is cleared you need to inspect it for structural integrity. This could take a long time if you are in a big building but it’s worth it. You don’t want to have the building collapse on you.