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.