In my October 25 article, 72 Hours, I talked about how much time you have to get out of the danger zone when catastrophe hits. Well, there’s more.
When you run away from YOUR disaster zone, you need to make sure that you don’t run straight into someone else’s disaster zone.
Oh, and I’m still on steroids, which is another reason why this is 72 Hours on Steroids.
Last week, I was watching the Glen Beck Program on GBTV, when Glen put on Barrett Moore, the CEO and founder of Sovereign Deed. He was talking about disaster preparedness, and how far you need to get away from a city. He said that you need to be AT LEAST 150 miles away from a city, and he said that he really didn’t think that even this was enough.
Sounds like a lot, right?
Well, when a catastrophe is regional, or even continent-wide, getting 150 miles away from YOUR city isn’t enough. You need to ALSO be more than 150 miles from every other city affected by the disaster.
That doesn’t leave you much. How many places in America are there that are not within one, or more, of these 150 mile zones?
Well, I went looking.
I’m always prepared to get down and do the dirty work, but I’m lazy. And, I hate to waste time when someone else has done the job – and should get the credit for it.
I stumbled across this site:
Ken and Lauren write the blog, and they’ve provided a couple of interesting articles that got me worried about all of you who might be sitting in a disaster zone without a plan.
In June of last year, they wrote this article:
June 27, 2010
Population density and survival retreat location are inversely proportional. That is, most survival retreat locations will tend to be located in low population density areas.
Definition of a survival retreat, also referred to as a bug out location or BOL – A retreat, living outside and away from the main stream population for refuge, safety, and privacy. Refuge, shelter or protection from danger. Safety, freedom from danger or damage. Privacy, being concealed or hidden.
No doubt there are a variety of interpretations and definitions of a survival retreat (or BOL) and its purpose.
Some will lean towards the safety aspect of a remote survival retreat location while taking comfort in being away from mass population density in the event of a major disruption. Others will prefer the idea of privacy or solitude of being unseen, or not being bothered by neighbors. There are many and various personal reasons for desiring a retreat location, and people today are exploring the possibility more and more as the uncertain times we live in begin to awaken our survival instincts.
And, please DO read the whole article, especially to look a the population density maps.
But, the most impressive article was the one they wrote for the next day. This was the one that got me worried:
July 28, 2010
During a previous post, Survival Retreat Safe Distance From City, I promised that I would build a USA map of all 276 cities with populations greater than 100,000 people, and draw a 300 mile diameter zone around each city (150 mile radius). After a fair amount of effort, here it is. This will represent my opinion of a worst case disaster scenario where for whatever reason, the hordes are leaving the cities in search of xyz. The majority, at best, will get no further than 150 miles (see the referenced post as to why).
There are two exceptions to what you see on this map. Although I plan to make a project of improving the map, it currently does not reflect the effects of the location and direction of highways and main roadways (the 150 mile radius – range still applies). For example there are regions within some of the 300 mile zones where there essentially are no roads, or the roads are very minor. Since most of the horde will mistakenly take to the highways, this will create some number of safer areas within some of the zones that are shown. The other exception is that there are some geographical obstacles and deterrence within some of these zones which most of the horde will not attempt to overcome, such as mountainous terrain.
(and again, please do read the article)
The article includes this map:
Did you notice that the only safe place to be is in the WESTERN half of the US – except for south-central West Virginia?
If you don’t have a way to get THERE within 72 hours, you might be toast – depending on the size and severity of the castrophe.
Can I maybe recommend a realtor in Garden City, Kansas?
Think about it.