(Originally published on Real World Survivor)

Your ability to shelter in place will depend on several factors, including the severity of the crisis at hand and the impact that the crisis has on other locations throughout the United States and the world.

The location where you live or take shelter can also make it easier or harder to survive during a mega crisis. In other words, even if you live in a well-equipped fortress, you could still find it difficult or even impossible to survive from day to day when chaos reigns supreme. When this happens, you may have no choice but to relocate in order to survive.

Whether you shelter in place or you are compelled to relocate to a safe zone, you must be as well equipped as possible, which includes possessing items that will have value in a bartering economy when credit cards and paper currency are no longer accepted as valid monetary instruments. The time to properly maintain your vehicle and purchase camping supplies, food with a long shelf life, bottled water, medication, medical supplies, the proper clothing, the proper footwear, edged weapons as well as lawfully possessed firearms and ammunition is before a widespread crisis occurs.

Life Support

If you are able to survive in place in a lightly populated community or in a more rural location in a home that is equipped with a wood-burning stove, it will not be as difficult to cope with a seriously damaged or destroyed power grid compared to those who lack this capability. Living in a section of the country that has moderate to mild winters will also enable you to fair better than those who live in harsher climates if you ever lose the ability to heat your homes or places of business using electricity, natural gas or propane.

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