posted on Oct, 29 2012 @ 08:12 AM
I started to re-think the SHTF scenario and how people in urban areas might react. Unless there is an urgent need to leave an urban area due to some
natural or man made disaster, the people living there wouldn't leave en mass.
Initially, when considering what I would do in a SHTF situation, I thought about it from the point of view that there would be a hasty retreat by city
dwellers into the surrounding countryside. During summer I see vacationing city folk invading my neck of the woods every weekend. I witness the lack
of respect for the local businesses and residents. I see people going nuts because they are out of the city. They tear up and down the side roads with
ATVs and motorcycles, they party hard, get crazy and waste a ton of ammunition playing with guns, and they treat the locals like uneducated, barefoot,
toothless hicks (true about some locals I must admit). I could go on and on about how the citidiots act on the weekends or during hunting season, the
point being is that I thought of this as a mild sample of what it would be like during an exodus from the city.
Now I'm thinking that it may be more like a slow trickle of people before anything hits the fan. Early bird preppers, victims of mortgages, homeless
bums, down and out relatives of people that already live here, these types will be slowly trickling in the area long before any disaster happens. The
economy and personal situations would motivate people to move out of the city and live at their vacation properties or squat in cabins and abandoned
homesteads. Seems to be a scenario that is not as extreme as a sudden flood of citidiots over running the place, but it would eventually get over
crowded and crazy never the less.
I'm now expecting to see people on extended "camping trips" and to see tent cities popping up on state and federal lands. The local community has a
hard enough time supporting a small resident population year around, how would we react to the slowly creeping masses from the city? Undoubtedly we
would be charitable at first, but increasing numbers would put a huge strain on our resources and civility.
Anyway, I'm considering now that perhaps the SHTF city exodus will be a relatively slow process. I'd like to hear some opinions on this idea. Thanks
for any replies in advance and a star for each one.