If the SHTF today, what would you do? Die hard survivalists may be ready with their bug-out bag to zoom off into the wilderness, but for many reasons this isn't always the best idea.
- Perhaps the streets are full of looters intent on taking what's yours.
- Perhaps the weather conditions outside aren't safe to travel through.
- Perhaps your new destination doesn't have the same amount of supplies.
- Secluded rural area. Space and ability to farm, but lacks in an ability seek help when needed.
- Small town. Can band together with other survivors, but may be targeted by groups of looters.
- Big city. You've really only got access to your stored resources, high concentration of bad people.
Food and waterThe biggest risk is not having an ample supply of food and water. Wherever your home is based, ensure you have enough stocked to see you through a crisis. This may be easier if you own a 200 hectare farm than if you have a tiny apartment in the city, but without these two you're going to suffer. The few vegetables growing in your garden are a nice addition, but you need real sources of protein, fats, carbs and nutrients to stay healthy, especially once everyone else starts competing for these same resources.
Basic needsThe pressure on public utilities following a crisis will ultimately cause things we take for granted today - to fail. You cannot expect water to flow from your taps, sewage to be taken from your bathroom, and the trash will rapidly begin piling up in the streets. Especially in a city this can quickly lead to a rampant spread of disease and infections. Now consider your home. If you turned off the gas, water, heat and electricity, would you be able to cope for 24 hours? How about a week? How about a month? Catering for these contingencies needs to be catered for in order to safely remain in your home during a crisis.
SecurityThe concentration of people in a city is a major concern in a crisis, and is why so many survivalists recommend the wilderness so you're off the radar of any bad people intent on doing you harm. Regardless of where you are, there will always be bad people, even in isolated areas, who want to take what you have. Prepare for this risk, and invest in ways to make your home more secure. If it's too difficult or dangerous for an intruder to get into your home, whether you're in a city center or the middle of nowhere, your attackers will move on to an easier target.
You evacuate too lateThe final risk is missing your window to escape. It would be silly if you ran at the first sign of trouble, but hunkering down for too long can make it impossible for you to reach your bug out location at all. Roads can become impassable and blocked, and conditions may not even be suitable for you to hike to safety. This risk is best mitigated by staying up to date on the latest news from a local crisis, using tools like Twitter to get an idea of what is happening in real time, so you're ready to leave when you deem it necessary. Formal notices to evacuate can come from the authorities too late for you to escape effectively, just use your best judgment here.
- If a category 5 hurricane is bearing down on your beachfront shack, leaving is a no-brainer.
- If a snowstorm is coming and you've got 3 months food, water and fuel, sit tight in your home and ride it out.