GO WEST, CUBICAL WARRIOR 4*
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Okay, you’ve relocated if necessary. Your relocation is most likely far from perfect ( I went from a overbuilt area of 100k to a too crowded small town of 20k. I only feel marginally safer, but at least I now have a huge buffer keeping out even more folks. Far from perfect but that is the reality of job hunting today ) but the best you can do. I would advise you to seriously consider that. Hump the American Redoubt or other fantasy moves. Time is short, so don’t fantasize about crap that won’t happen in a perfect world and accept less than perfect but better than before. You can NEVER increase your survival odds to 99% except as a rich recluse on your own island and you are not rich. Again with the dreaming of money to save you. Ain’t gonna happen. You can only decrease your odds of sudden death. Work with that. So now, the dreaded Big Event happens ( Little Events have been going on for fifty years. Don’t be surprised if the Long Slow Collapse suddenly plunges over the waterfall ). Since you are still in the city, because we all are, working a job since nobody needs another ad choked survival web site covering the same Yuppie Scum advice as has been given for near that same fifty year time span and so you have to work a real job rather than from writing in the boonies, now the waiting game begins.
If you are living in the West ( the normal arid part, not the few agricultural area-and if it is an agricultural area I would advise against depending on that if they are using irrigation or federal water works. Rain dependent only. Anything else has no long term viability and the worst of both worlds short term golden horde attraction ) your best bet for when things look to be irrevocably falling apart is to pull the plug on your city property. Bug out immediately. The reason for this is that city dwellers in the West have no where to go except a few water spots or the highway to the illusive “better areas”. Everyone is going to be hitting the roads both in the East and the West, being an auto-erotica culture and believing that the gods themselves shower us with their favors while we are behind the wheel ( which is why they stay there so much- that, and just to irritate the crap out of me while I have to do the same for work and they insist on being on my blacktop. What, they can’t wait a few friggin minutes? Or are they just driving around in circles, waiting for me? ). Subconsciously, the answer to most will be to drive. Their destination, Nirvana, will be the catalyst for leaving, even if it in fact turns out to be Hell, but just getting in a car and driving will fill them with all the hope they need in a crisis. In the West, there is no real countryside to escape to. It is nothing but wasteland. Those that don’t jump into their Safe Place ( their vehicle ) will stay in place because there is some perceived safety where they are and none in the surrounding areas. Stay in place where there is some food and water and shelter, or go to the wasteland and die for lack of supplies. Those are the perceived options. You can jump in your covered wagon and go out into Indian country or stay in town.
In the East, by contrast, the countryside is full of farms and lush woods and lots and lots of water. In the city, with WAY too many people, there is nothing but death and destruction. Everyone will head to the promised land of limitless cornucopia. It is just the opposite of the West. Outside is safety, not inside. Everyone will head out and swarm the countryside. Your best bet is to hunker in place initially. Now, I understand the urge to flee. I would want to be in my countryside refuge myself. Since your Eastern junk land is in the hills, AWAY from agricultural land ( still lush land capable of feeding the homestead family, just outside the future agricultural empire lands. You want land that CAN’T feed an army ), there might be perceived safety there. Yet, I would stop and reconsider. You live in the city in a rental with an owned country cabin retreat. The cabin is too far to commute to work, which is good in the long term. But not in the short term. I would suggest that short term the population is so concentrated that all but the most inaccessible areas will be flooded by city refugees, stripped of anything of value, fought over and then abandoned. Perhaps being there to defend your property isn’t the best option. Perhaps it would be better to wait for the locusts to strip the field and THEN move back to it. Yes, there will be damage. But nothing of value should be up there anyway, right? If you live in the city you leave your cabin exposed to vandals. Apart from the items you place to distract and confuse, all items of irreplaceable value should be buried. I’d even suggest building from local materials so you can repair damage on site rather than needing to import items ( bury the tools which do this ). And yes, staying hunkered down in the city goes against our fears and instincts. Will it in itself be dangerous? Of course. Will it be safer than placing your life on the line to defend some plywood and sheet metal shack? Your circumstances differ and only you know, but keep the following in mind. The reason the East is so populated and desirable is its ability to grow food with good soil and abundant moisture. Why wouldn’t city dwellers follow their primal instincts flocking to that in times of trouble?
If you are in the West, you have no people outside the city to contend with. You can’t grow crops but you can go nomad. It will be a precarious existence. If you are in the East, as long as you avoid the initial die-off and stay out of the bottomlands needed to feed armies, you will have the needed resources to survive after the collapse. There is no best place for everyone, just the best place for you. You just need to play it smart on the journey there.
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