Life-threatening emergencies can be incredibly terrifying.
The best way to survive them is to avoid them altogether.
Here are the best places to be when disaster strikes.
There are several things to consider when stockpiling supplies for your home or bug out location.
But one aspect that gets overlooked is the home or bug location itself.
If your options are open, there are plenty of things to consider when deciding on a home that’s suitable for surviving a SHTF scenario or a bug out destination.
The first thing to consider is proximity to a big city.
Major metropolitan areas are disasters in emergency scenarios.
Many of the country’s largest cities are already borderline ungovernable in ideal situations.
In SHTF situations, they can quickly devolve into hellscapes.
For this reason, it may be wise to pick a location that’s away from the city.
Also, cities—along with military bases—are the most likely to be targeted by a foreign adversary.
It’s ideal to be outside a 50-mile radius of a major city or major military base.
But you may not want to pick a location that’s too far off the beaten path.
For example, if in a mountainous peak only accessible by a steep winding road, getting supplies could be difficult and even dangerous.
The next thing to consider is the climate.
You want to select a place with arable land and manageable seasons.
If you select a place with severe inclement weather, such as snow storms that can stack several feet high, ensure that you can survive comfortably in those scenarios.
Don’t be fooled by a mild spring climate that turns into Siberia in the winter.
You’ll make serious trouble for yourself.
Areas with good climates make it easier to homestead and live off the land.
If you know how to fish, look for a place that’s by the water.
Fishing, hunting, and trapping could provide you with food to last through some tough stretches.
Bodies of water can also be escape routes if you have a boat.
Natural disasters also factor into climate decisions.
If you’re in the southeast and at a high risk for hurricanes, make sure you have insurance and an evacuation plan if it comes to it.
If you’re in tornado alley, have a fortified bunker you can quickly retreat to.
Next, consider an area that’s pro-freedom.
You don’t want to choose a location that has strict gun laws that make it difficult to access firearms and ammunition.
That could be costly.
Along those same lines, avoid states with a lot of burdensome regulations and high taxes.
Some states have absurd land laws that could come back to bite you.
You don’t want to give the federal government an excuse to pay added attention to you.
These are some of the main considerations when picking a survival location.
Whatever you pick, make sure you’ve considered as many factors as possible ahead of time so there won’t be any surprises later.