I’m filing this article ‘Safest Places To Live When SHTF’ under Prepping & Preparedness Level 4. Why? Because SHTF ($hit Hit The Fan) in the context of preparedness is ‘very bad’.
We view SHTF as a wide reaching and long lasting event, or set of events, that have very bad consequences for most people. Lots of things could fit into this, or trigger it.
There’s one very important concept here regarding SHTF. And that is, you’re going to be mostly or entirely on your own.
Or maybe better said, your environment will become very “local”.
We have hypothesized many scenarios whereby a SHTF event could wreak havoc among the population. Just pick one. It doesn’t really matter.
The point of this article is the following… Regardless (almost) of what the SHTF is, or triggers “it”, an exceedingly important thing will be “where” you are. Where you live. The place.
The “how” you will continue to live is another set of matters. But the “where”… Yes, that will be very important indeed.
IMPORTANT! You Should Already Be Living In The Safest Place!
Those who are seriously concerned about Preparedness Level 4. If you’re not living where you think you should be living, well, what can I say…
You are the boss of you.
If and when the SHTF, it will be too late. Why? Because establishing your ‘safe place’ is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight.
It is wishful thinking for a lot of people. I get that. I’m not here to judge one way or the other. There are careers. Obligations. Commitments. Relationships. All sorts of reasons to stay put.
I know from experience that it’s not easy to uproot and move. I’ve done it a few times, and in a few big ways (major geographical moves). And I have paid some analogous ‘penalty prices’ for it, in more ways than one.
Ultimately, I chose a ‘safest’ place for me. But it was more than that. It was a lifestyle choice. A new chapter in our lives. We have never regretted it (Mrs. J and I, and the dog..). I was done with “the rat race” anyway.
The decisions to uproot were never easy. But I can tell you this. Once the decision was made, it became quite exciting and fun. Motivation really kicks in to high gear once you’ve made up your mind!
But What Is The Safest Place or Where Is The Safest Place For SHTF?
I can tell you that there are LOTS and LOTS of safe places to live for SHTF. I’ve driven across this country several times coast to coast and several times top to bottom. Wow, what a big country! Lots and lot of rural dotted by incredibly population dense regions!
So, I just gave you a BIG hint. Population density! I’ve written about that subject many times here on the site. It’s a huge factor when considering safety and survival during a big-time SHTF event. But I’m sure you know this.
With that said, I believe it to be the highest priority consideration. Or one of. Get away from people packed like sardines in city regions who all rely and depend upon external systems to keep them alive. These people have no contingencies. Really, they have no fear of this in the first place. Which will make them dangerous if and when it all falls down…
Your Personal Preferences
We all have that ideal place in our minds, right? Maybe you’re already there. Or maybe you have a vision of what it might be.
Personal tastes and preferences differ. Lifestyle choices vary. Our interests range in many directions. Abilities. Desires. Talents. Climate preferences. There are so many variables. The choices are yours to make.
Like I said earlier, there are LOTS and LOTS of ‘safe’ places to live for SHTF!
The place of choice may also depend on what you intend to make of it. For example, do you intend to put together a homestead that is self-sustaining to the extent of your choosing? The extent of which can be QUITE extensive if you want it to be… Or maybe it’s something in-between.
Factors To Consider
With that said, I will brainstorm a few high-level thoughts which should factor into “where” your own “safest” place to live for SHTF might be… In no particular order.
POPULATION DENSITY & DEMOGRAPHICS
PROXIMITY TO THE ROAMING ZOMBIE HORDES BUGGING-OUT
PROXIMITY TO ‘TARGETS’? MILITARY OR OTHERWISE
CLIMATE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR (FACTOR ALL SEASONS)
LAND SIZE, GEOGRAPHY, BOUNDARIES, PRIVACY
ACCESS TO WATER
SOIL, ABILITY TO GROW FOOD
NEIGHBORS, LOCAL POLITICS
FREEDOMS, SECURITY, RESTRICTIONS?
LOCAL JOBS – IF YOU NEED ONE…
I could go on with brainstorming. But I just wanted to kick off the topic of safest places to live when SHTF.
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