Urban Survival: The Vulture Tool Kit / SHTF Gear
Posted on May 11 2016
When we discuss survival, it typically revolves around wilderness skill sets. There are thousands of blog posts and videos covering the different ways to build shelters, make fire, signal for rescue and live off the land. Building these skills is critical to being a well rounded survivalist, however we tend to neglect the urban aspect of survival.
Sure there are more than a few topics on Every Day Carry gear and Get Home bags, but that’s about it. When I noticed this, I started to consider what it truly takes to survive in city, beyond having some high end backpacks and fire starters. True survival is all about resources and being able to access and collect those resources. Things like wood for fire or shelter. Water for cooking and drinking and the list goes on.
This inspired me to create the Vulture Tool Kit. A baseline, a foundation of tools that will give anyone the ability to breach and access secure building, siphon gasoline and collect resources in a total SHTF situation. Taking into account that over 80% of Americans live in or near major urban centers, having the tools on hand for survival makes good sense.
I started this kit build with my trusty USMC issue ILBE assault pack. This was my first pack way back in 2007, picked up from a Marine for only $25. The assault pack is very simple in design with a large zippered compartment in the front and one main compartment. Perfect for carrying large tools such as bolt cutters, a tomahawk and items that don’t need micro organization.
Intel And Navigation
Any mission in a hostile environment has to include the following set of items, designed for observation, intelligence collection and navigation:
Paracord and heavy duty zip ties are two items I can’t live without when it comes to resource collection. In order to help keep my paracord organized and easy to use, I added a spool that includes a mini Bic lighter.
Abandoned structures are gold mines full of resources. They can also serve as shelter sites and cache locations, but if you can’t gain access to the site, they’re pretty much worthless. This set of tools provides multiple options for breaching and discrete entry.
Coldsteel Rifleman’s Hawk: http://amzn.to/1UShLPm
Soutord Lock Pick Set: http://www.southord.com/Lock-Pick-Tools/Lock-Pick-Set-5-Piece-PXS-05L.html
Vaughan SuperBar: http://amzn.to/1USi9NR
Tekton Bolt Cutters: http://amzn.to/1Onkc5O
Collecting resources means having the ability to process and cut them down to size for transport. In the future, I’ll most likely add a multi tool like the Gerber Diesel and a crescent wrench.
Abandoned vehicles are perfect source for gasoline in a post collapse environment. Addition of a fuel container and siphon kit makes perfect sense.
Nobody wants to stop and drop the pack every time they find useful items. The dump pouch allows me to collect wild edibles and small items on the go. The large trashbags can be used to line the dump pouch or store larger items.
H2O is essential to human survival. This set of containers and related tools provides the ability to get water from local streams and access water outlets on commercial businesses in the city.
We are a community of survivalists and preppers who ready ourselves for the unexpected. Taking this into consideration, we must prepare to survive in the area we live in. For the majority of Americans and for that matter, the world, we live in or near major urban centers. We must have a plan for survival in that environment. Shifting some focus from wilderness to urban survival will serve us well in an uncertain future.
The Vulture Tool Kit is a great start towards that goal and if you can think of any additions to my gear, please add them below!