posted on Feb, 4 2010 @ 10:58 PM
There are no "best places" to go when SHTF because that word is just a generalization of 10k different scenarios that may/could play out. Of course
the best place to be in such a scenario would be "as far away as possible. Since that is not always going to be the case...
Do not let the standard FEMA line of "72 hours" direct your preparedness. Live it as a life style. Identify the most probable threats in your AO and
communicate with other like minded and trustworthy people nearby. Always assume destruction of transportation routes and plan for it.
Be prepared for whatever disaster is likely in your AO and assume NO OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE. This includes public water supplies, electricity, natural
gas, and gas stations. Water collection and purification are definite musts. Do not get caught up in government cheese handout lines. Have meds and
antibiotics. Do not put all your eggs in one basket.
"Money is worth nothing right now, water is the currency."
If you happen to live near "resources" (ie: stores or buildings containing usable supplies), be ready to get out of there in one hell of a hurry-
they're looter magnets, and it's obvious that many people will kill for even the smallest (and most useless) things. Islands are great places to
visit; I just wouldn't want to live there.
When desperation finally set in, people start moving out to the countryside. This is a common theme in disasters. In many cases those on the outskirts
of ground zero have 2-4 days to brace and 4 days before you are over run. The further out you are the better but, prepare for the masses and look at
moving out further if you are close enough for foot traffic to reach you. This might change in an all over collapse, but even then it is going to be
worse in metro areas and will still apply to some extent.
Heading out for the provinces to seek shelter with friends or relatives, many simply walked with bags on their heads and shoulders. Others packed cars
and trucks with possessions, lining up for hours at gasoline stations to fill up. "I have waited for two days, but nothing has arrived, not even a
bottle of water."
The majority of people are not prepared for anything. What can be expected is that most people will simply be waiting for someone to bring them food
and water. When that does not happen fast enough (or at all) the looting begins. Now suppose a major LONG TERM disaster happens in the States, where
there may not be any hope of anyone bringing anybody any food or water. Combined with the fact that people here are so used to getting what they want
when they want it. Expect anarchy to ensue. The reason we discuss firearms a lot is that everything else we have is worthless without them.
When a SHTF scenario plays out, the only person you will be able to rely on is you. Don't allow yourself to be easy prey, especially when you can
prepare on the cheap right now. Protect what you love.