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When a disaster strikes, you may not have much choice in what your environment is. You can’t control every aspect of your day-to-day life based solely on where you want to be in the event of an emergency. At least, I don’t think that’s reasonable. Even if you normally live in the country, you could be in the city for work, shopping, or entertainment. If you are normally in the city, you could be in the country visiting friends or family. But when you are making your emergency preparations, you can choose to have an environment where you are more comfortable.

Urban Advantages

Many of us live in the city. If something on a grand scale happens while you’re in the city, there will probably be a lot of people trying to leave. We’ve all seen the movies and news videos, where the freeways are packed as people leave, assuming they can get gas to go anywhere. They are could be looking for a safer location, to reach friends or family, or just acting in pure panic. If you’re also trying to leave, that can make it very hard. If you aren’t planning to leave, you could be better off. Chances are, they will leave behind things that can help you and be useful when sheltering in place. It can be very easy to find the supplies and tools that you need in homes and businesses that have been abandoned. You could also find food, tools, and other useful items. On the other hand, those who choose to stay in your neighborhood might also be people who can be useful.

Rural Benefits

For a lot of people, the logical choice when prepping for a disaster is to live in the country. This is particularly true when prepping for a long term disaster. With the extra space and no close neighbors, you can prepare with as much flexibility as possible.

In the country, you can make your preparations with a maximum amount of privacy. There are no neighbors looking over their fence or watching from across the street. Chances are, you’re used to being more self-sufficient than the average city dweller. There’s much more land to have a garden and to raise livestock. You have more space to store your stockpiles, and can even cache supplies in a bunker in the ground, or in a blockhouse on a property you have access to.  Being in a rural setting with more land and less people watching you also means that you can easily have drills and practice with your weapons without alerting the interest of anyone else. It can also be easier to secure your supplies from anyone who might try to steal them or take them by force.

It’s up to you where you choose to prepare for an emergency, but it is good to know the pros and cons of each choice. What benefits does your location have? How can you compensate for the downsides?

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