But, to get back to the origional question.....what on earth are the people who live in apartments, cities etc. going to do?????????? They have neither the mind set or skills to survive. They will emotionally "break" before they physically do.
Just out of curiosity... have you ever lived in the city?
Please let this city girl assure you that you need not worry about me. I live in what is often considered one of the worst parts of town, having lived here most of my life. Invasion robberies and shootings are, shall we say, not at all uncommon. Burglaries don't even raise an eyebrow around here. The police copter is a regular visitor to the neighborhood; when I hear it at night I just cover my head with my pillow and go back to sleep because it seems like it's always here. Locking doors and windows around here is second nature. I can't count how many times I've unintentionally locked DH out of the house when I leave him outside to come inside for something, and automatically lock the door behind me.
Not too long ago, we heard gunfire that sounded like it was right in our front yard. DH and I were watching TV in the living room (which is at the front of the house) and we both hit the floor and crawled to the back of the house. Found out later that someone shot up the house across the street. Just another night in the ol' 'hood. I would guess that there are at least a few folks on this forum that would not be able to live in this type of environment for very long. Survival, indeed. The funny thing is... I would never willingly leave this neighborhood for anywhere else in this city. If we move, it will be out of state; otherwise I'm planted right here because I love it.
I can carry a 50lb bag of rabbit feed with ease. I walk at least 2 miles every day, but have walked a lot more. In fact I shop several days a week at the local grocery stores, walking the one mile there and then back carrying several bags of groceries (though I like my little cart for major purchases.) I know how to handle chainsaws, jig saws, circular saws, drills (both hand and press) and routers. I own my own air compressor and tools, and know how to rebuild carburetors and tune automobile engines. I have sewn my own clothes from patterns I've made myself. I've canned and dehydrated foods. I raise rabbits and know how to garden, so as long as I have access to water I'll be able to do OK. But I'm sure there are lots of country folk who depend on city water too, and who don't have enough rainfall to grow crops otherwise. Granted, I wouldn't be able to grow ALL my own food, but I have a lot of things I can barter if need be. However, there are members of HT who live in cities and are a heckuva lot closer to food self sufficiency than I'd wager a lot of country folks are. If you don't believe city living and self sufficiency are compatible, I invite you to visit www.pathtofreedom.com
and see exactly what determined suburban folks can do.
Despite what some people might think, not all city folks are meek, ignorant people who will just roll over and die if times get tough. Rural folks, after all, don't have the corner on the survival market.
Quite frankly, I think those who feel that way don't really know enough city folks. NO ONE knows how a person will react when presented with a cataclysmic change in their world, but I'm wagering that the majority will find a way, whether they live in the city or in the country.