Where is best to live in a SHTF scenario:Rural North or South (POLL)

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    What type of SHTF scenario are you considering? Electromagnetic disassociation? Nuclear meltdown? Civil riots? Chances are pretty good you living very long alone or with just your family are slim. Best to associate with like minded people. Preferably near a fuel source- propane storage places come to mind. So do railroad terminals. Have you ever noticed how much diesel fuel locomotives carry? Whether it is North, South, East, or West, those are a few things to consider.

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    Ya'll have a lot of good points and areas of well thought out what ifs plans. Keep in mind the govt will be attempting to control whatever it can to continue their Marshall law likely to be their current law of the land theme. Isolation is one direction as is 'going along to get along' attitude. What about blending into whatever is occurring on a national/regional level, gathering intell, and regrouping in small three person groups prefreably while the sink's faucet is turned on and running and a radio is playing in the background to decide on your current game plans? Former KGB agents have shared their faucets/radios running to scramble any Big Brother/ Govt/ etc listening abilities to their meetings between each other. Hopefully, we all can take of to higher, safer ground. But if unable blending in and working withing our SHTF enviro can get you through too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    I grew up in the rural sticks on the US side of the Canadian border. -20 to -30 below during the January arctic express was not uncommon. I now live in Georgia. SHTF or not, I'm staying down here.

    Seriously, I think the north offers many more survival challenges than the south.
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    You're spot on with NH. I grew up in NH and live in NC now. We still have land in NH and that is our SHTF plan. The winter weather isn't ideal for everyone, especially the looting types out there.

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    Good points; you might want to look into using the unused cars likely abandonded or your own as an engine to replace your electricity source. Fan belt to the now removed tire, using the tires rim as your pulley. Several info sites on the Google search engine as we speak. Unbelievable but it's do able to grow your own natural gas, cookup your alcohol and find a diesiel running car when the diesel is more available. Challenge of making your own natural gas is compressing it; well, the ppl living in India have been cooking and using their own gas for at least a decade w/out compressing it. Granted, there will be a few engine changes we'd have to make but learning now is still available. Boatloads of info still out on the Web.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I wonder about a greater threat of disease in the warmer places. Mosquito carried infections could pose a serious problem, do you think? Without medicines and immunizations would the South become deadly?

    IIRC a lot of the new world explorers fell victim to disease in the warmer latitudes.
    Not really. Ive lived in the south all my life and I've never known anyone to get something from a mosquito. Ticks can be a problem but they are found everywhere. I'll take the south anytime over freezing my butt off in the north. The resources available in the south are incredibly diverse.

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    I moved north because of health and I think the fan is about to be turned on

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    If we're talking a SHTF event that takes out the electric grid with all electronics I have one consideration for you all. There are about 450 Nuclear Power plants in the US. Most are east of Texas. Without electricity to cool the nuclear rods there would be several hundred Chernobyl size melt downs throughout the east coast. If you survive the future would not be bright. Move westward I say.

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    People call me crazy, but around my hometown there are a lot of deep (10-15 miles) caves. I always though that if you could find a nice light/heat source and stockpile supplies and mark a path into the caverns it would be a pretty cool place to ride out a long winter. I've been into those caves when it's 10 degrees F outside and it will be 50-60 degrees inside. It's very easy to find a dry place to sleep and lots of times there is a fresh water supply running through the cave. You just have to watch out for all the crazy no eyed mutants that breed in those caves(think the descent)
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    @ OP - You have left out vast regions of the US as choices in this poll. Not being critical, but there are some (to be undisclosed) places in regions that do not cover the choices you have provided. Hence, I did not vote.
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    I live in the Western Foothills region of Maine so I'm partial to the North. Winter is the biggest survival challenge I can see up here but I'm okay with that. I like the advantages of less looters/crazies because of the weather and the geography, and the critters in the woods with some very unlikely exceptions, won't hurt me. (poisonous, etc.)

    I'm not a huge fan of freezing my butt off, but I've always subscribed to the mentality that you can add more layers to stay warm, but there's only so many layers you can strip to stay cool.
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    I was born in and lived in Pittsburgh, PA (right in the city) for 18 years and have been in SC for the last 8 years.. I feel I could survive in either or (and have prepared in and for both as I regularly travel back and forth) but would much rather be in the south if SHTF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    @ OP - You have left out vast regions of the US as choices in this poll. Not being critical, but there are some (to be undisclosed) places in regions that do not cover the choices you have provided. Hence, I did not vote.
    Well, I could have added all 50 states, but the poll doesn't allow for that. I did provide "Other" as a choice so I guess that woud be you

    BTW: When folks say "not being critical" they are LOL j/k
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    Well, agree or disagree with my choice of NH but one thing is for certain-looks like the south is going to be getting pretty busy during a SHTF scenario. Biggest strength is I really doubt looters are going to travel 120 miles from Boston to raid my supplies in the winter.
    Regardless where folks live we all know the biggest thing to do:prepare and build on your skills. Skills are a commodity also if living in a group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryBadger417 View Post
    People call me crazy, but around my hometown there are a lot of deep (10-15 miles) caves. I always though that if you could find a nice light/heat source and stockpile supplies and mark a path into the caverns it would be a pretty cool place to ride out a long winter. I've been into those caves when it's 10 degrees F outside and it will be 50-60 degrees inside. It's very easy to find a dry place to sleep and lots of times there is a fresh water supply running through the cave. You just have to watch out for all the crazy no eyed mutants that breed in those caves(think the descent)

    I have family in Arkansas. I love the caves in the mountains. Plenty of fresh, clean water and lots of fish & game!

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