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Challenges You Need To Consider When Relocating During An Emergency

Challenges You Need To Consider When Relocating During An Emergency

In a disaster situation, living conditions can become unbearable very quickly. Frankly, part of what makes the whole situation an “emergency” is that living conditions make obtaining the basic necessities of food, water, shelter, and safety hard to come by and/or keep.

In these cases, therefore, relocation is a very real possibility as you look for ways to care for your family and yourself. There are some very real aspects of relocating that you may not have considered or prepared for in your preparedness training.

To give a real example, Prepper Gaye Levy talks about a recent move from Washington State to Arizona and the three unexpected issues that she encountered in that relocation:

“Seriously though, from a prepping point of view, the top three things that caught me by surprise were:

1.  99% of the people I met were clueless regarding preparedness.  I mean clueless.  Is this because natural disasters are rare in that part of the country?  Or simply indicative of the social group I hung with? […]

2.  Finding biomass for rocket stoves was challenging. It is there but you need to be mindful of snakes.  You also need to know what is legal and what is not; many native plants are protected species.

3.  Sources of water are few and far between so be prepared to walk some distance with a cart to retrieve it.  Also hope that you do not have to because the process will be arduous at best.  One of the first things we did is purchase two 160 gallon water tanks from Emergency Essentials!”

Of course, a different situation is going to occur if you move from Illinois to Georgia, for example, or any other move, but I think that Gaye gives real examples of issues that you’ll face in any relocation: 1. You will still be the only one (or almost only one) ready for survival when a disaster hits. 2. Finding resources will be it’s own unique challenge in each area. 3. Potable water will always be an issue.

Now, in Gaye’s example, she was not moving to an area dealing with disaster issues, which could be the case if, for example, the U.S. power grid goes down, so you will also want to plan ahead to be able to find and obtain food and shelter in the area that you plan to bug out to. And all of this is on top of having your essential clothing, medical supplies, fuel for vehicles, and other essentials ready to go (and whatever extras that you plan on allowing your kids to bring in an emergency).

We want to hear from you: What relocation challenges do you think people aren’t considering and planning for when they but out? Tell us below.



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  • My state just went through drilling about the Cascadia Subduction Zone, it’s a fault line that is very active, which explains the active volcanos: Mt. Baker, Mt. Ranier, Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Hood. I studied some of the scenarios that are being planned and one thing I noticed, all the bridges will be shut down along with the roadways leading up to them. If possible think about your routes and try to avoid bridges. They also stressed that it’s possible we could be without vital resources for 2 weeks or more and to get prepared with stored water in several places of access and medical response supplies. If that 9.0 hits and I survive the tsunami back-lash, according to their map my property will be new “water front”….and my neighbors thought I was nuts putting in a bulkhead:) Good luck, keep the faith and keep me in your prayers!

  • We’ve been raised in Southern Idaho, in the Mormon community format. My wife and I are no longer active, in their church, but in our upbringing, we were both taught the essentials of preparation.
    Since the Mormons, do not believe in simple “rapture,” They’ve taught their members, to have a years supply of food, meds, and tools to survive during times of famon. This I truly appreciate from being once closely associated.
    At the age of 61, I’ve learned several important aspects on my own, and I’ll share them briefly. 1 get your stuff put in a secure location, in case youve got to “bug out.” 2 make sure you’re on higher ground, and if possible, within 1/2 mile, of a water source. 3 make sure your chosen location is no more than 1/2 days walk from home. 4 if you can, put surplus guns, and ammo, at your location. 5 make a Faraday cage, and place communication gear, and essential, electronics. 6 hoard meds, both over the counter, and prescription.
    7…The MOST IMPORTANT……get right with GOD.

  • Never, never, never become just another refugee. Always have someplace to go, where they will be expecting you. Pay forward the privilege of shelter by making sure you will not be a burden upon your hosts. This also applies to “waystations” if you have a long journey to your final destination. Really try to avoid going into any government shelters. They may be okay for awhile, but the possibility of the wheels falling off are real. Have concealable weapons of your choice with you everywhere, even if it is just a sturdy cane or brass knuckles. Sleep when you can. Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lie down. Eat when you can. Stay hydrated, take care of your feet. Stay clean. If you depend on routine prescription medications, keep them with you all of the time, protect them with your life, especially if your life does depend on them.

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