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There are some very real struggles when it comes to the urban survivor. Your best bet is to get away from highly populated areas unless you have developed a powerful community that is prepared to defend your town or city. That will be a struggle.
Either way, one of the first things you are going to need in a collapse is to measure the effect of the collapse on local services and infrastructure. Once you paint a picture of the situation, you can then decide if its safe to stay or to go.
Of course, if you are going to get this information you are going to need a powerful set of communications tools. This should be part of your full urban survival skills game plan. There are a number of comms gear you should have on hand.
Two way radios are a great way to contact people in your neighborhood or to keep in contact with family members that are making the rounds in the neighborhood or in a wilderness base camp.
HAM radio is another great means of communication. You can get national level intelligence from the network of HAM operators. They can tell you how the disaster or collapse has affected their state. You might even be able to get a feel for whether help is on the way or not.
Maybe the most important piece of the survival coms setup is an emergency radio. While this is a one-way communication method, it will give you so much info about the local situation. If you are going to decide to bugout it will likely come from the information you gather from the emergency radio.
Urban survival communications are just one part of a full-scale plan to survive the chaos of an urban disaster. When you are debating investing in survival coms just remember the old adage, knowledge is power.