Preparing for a crisis is a big part of being a survivalist.
And avoiding crisis all together when possible is the best form of preparation.
Here are places to avoid if a widespread emergency hits.
Disaster can strike at any moment, so sometimes being stuck in a bad situation is completely unavoidable.
However, it’s always in your interest to give yourself the best chance at survival by being prepared.
Here are places you should stay away from when SHTF.
First, try to steer clear of military bases.
Military bases are prime targets for terrorists.
A nuclear strike or a concentrated EMP attack can greatly hinder our defense capabilities, and U.S. citizens could be susceptible to those attacks if they’re within a specific radius of a high-value military base.
Next, do your best to avoid big cities.
Population density is a massive threat during emergency scenarios.
The fight for scarce resources could lead to violence in the streets, and with police services either stretched too thin or suspended altogether, lawlessness could rule the day.
It wouldn’t take long for the power grid to go down, and that would set off a chain reaction of events that would make big cities massive danger zones.
There are roughly 3,000 counties in the United States, but 50% of the population lives in only 146 of them.
That means over 160 million people live in 146 counties, and the other 160 million people live in the remaining 2,854.
Do your best to identify those populous counties because big cities become virtually uninhabitable in major crises.
Power, water, and supplies will all become major necessities in big cities that you simply may not have access to.
You may also have to defend yourself against looters and roving mobs.
Next, avoid major interstates.
If you choose to bug out, which is a wise decision, make sure you do so early.
The last place you want to get stranded is on a gridlocked freeway.
That could put you in a situation where you can’t reach your bug out location or your home.
And as you can imagine, the open road presents all kinds of survivor challenges.
So stay on top of current events and local news so you can get a jump on everyone else looking to skip town.
Next, be wary of areas that are at high risk for natural disasters.
Trading one crisis for another isn’t a good strategy.
Try not to have a bug out location that’s in hurricane country, Tornado Alley, or an area with a history of raging forest fires.
If you have to be in these areas, make sure your home or bug but location is equipped to handle any of these types of disasters that may occur.
Staying away from these areas to the best of your capabilities gives you a better chance of surviving a catastrophe.
Make things easier on yourself by preparing now instead of waiting until it’s too late.