During The Collapse: Where To Go And What Places To Avoid


When it hits the fan America’s population centers will explode in violence, looting, and total breakdown of law and order. It’s a theory put forth by numerous survival and relocation specialists, and one that makes complete sense if you consider what happens in a truly serious collapse-like scenario.

Some of the people in preparedness groups calls them lately the golden horde: Because of the urbanization of the U.S. population, if the entire eastern or western power grid goes down for more than a week, the cities will rapidly become unlivable. I foresee that there will be an almost unstoppable chain of events:

Power -> water -> food distribution -> law and order -> arson fires -> full scale looting.

Joel Skousen, one of the world’s foremost experts on home security, retreat preparedness and strategic relocation, says that no preparedness plan is complete unless you’ve taken into account the single most critical threat we face during a widespread emergency.

The number one threat that I concentrate on. It’s not terrorism, it’s not natural disaster, it’s not even government or war.

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The major threat is population density.

Because every crisis that threatens, even a local crisis, can turn exponential because of close proximity to people who cannot help themselves. Even good people panic in a crisis…So, where should you be when it happens?

To find the answer, let’s consider where we shouldn’t be.

Recent U.S. census data indicates that out of the 3000 counties in the United States, fully 50% of the population lives in just 146. If you want to have any chance of surviving a widespread catastrophic event by avoiding the hordes that will be searching for critical resources in its aftermath, then check out the following map to get a visual reference of the areas you want to stay away from.

When considering your retreat locations or emergency evacuation routes, be familiar with the population densities of the area you’re headed to, as well as those counties in your immediate vicinity.

In his book Patriots, James Rawles specifically points out that Highway 80, running through California, will be one of the busiest evacuation routes in the country as millions of people pour out of major cities to flee disaster or in search of  food.

So, no matter where you are located, consider your proximity to high traffic thoroughfares going in and out of the city. During Hurricane Rita, which hit Houston several years ago, every major pipeline out of the city was jammed for hundreds of miles. Interstate 45 from Houston to Dallas was bumper to bumper traffic. Normally a 4 hour trip, those who didn’t evacuate in time were stuck on the highway without food, gas, sanitation, or potable water for upwards of 15 hours.

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This is why Joel Skousen suggests that those looking for strategic retreat locations or homes outside of major cities consider highway proximity. Be at least 5 – 7 miles away from any major thoroughfare, which is generally outside the range people want to venture off familiar roads, and far enough away to make any ‘walkers’ too tired to attempt the trip without ample clean water and food.

If you have no choice but to be in a major metro area during a serious emergency situation, consider strategies that can help you remain sustainable in the city even in the midst of panic. Or escaping a city when SHTF.

It has happened before. It will happen again. Prepare or suffer the consequences. A simple 72 hour survival kit and some basic hurricane preparedness would have prevented days of heartache for you and your loved ones. Stay safe!
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  1. Phenomenal presentation & Very Realistic. I have had similar ideas & have lived or experienced the Same areas in California, Florida & other destinations in This Currently Still Great Nation. Unless you happen to be rich & can Escape the US during Crisis I believe that this Video Nails It! I have enjoyed your other Viewpoints as well. Thank You for the Ongoing concern for your Fellow Man. God Bless You!

  2. Some major cities have virtual walls around them, usually touted as being “sound barriers” on the highways ringing the cities. Indianapolis is a perfect example of such. I imagine that at least some cities will be closed off when shtf and left to rot. Regardless, living far away from major population centers is a good idea if you’ve no intention of becoming some miscreant’s dinner.

  3. You might want to avoid all of Latin America. They won’t look so kindly at people escaping over the wall. The USA taught everybody that “illegal is illegal.”
    On second thought, get your visa now.

    • If the US economy goes, dont you think other nations will be dealing with their own prblems?

      Especially ones like MExico that depend on the US?

    • What part of the country do you live,,don’t give up the fight before it starts Been where your at,,,,, it’s not the end just a different beginning TEXT BACK

  4. Two words…

    River barge.

    Add; armor plate, solar, wind, electric motor drive.
    Fishing, water filter, sandbox for fires boiling water, etc.
    Hunt game from the river. Add a chicken coop and small raised garden on roof…

  5. Good information and a lot to consider.
    As a point of clarification, Hurricane Rita
    did not hit Houston….. it hit SE TX and SW
    LA in September 2005. The media acts like
    Hurricane Katrina was the ONLY hurricane that ever hit the US in history! I can promise you that many people suffered during and after Rita and ALL the other hurricanes….. such as Audrey and Andrew, just to name a coulple.

  6. […] In the new story over at Survival Dan called “During The Collapse: Where To Go And What Places To Avoid”, he reports that when IT hits the fan, America’s ‘population hubs’ will likely explode with violence, looting and the total breakdown of law and order as resources become next to impossible to get and the masses suddenly realize the government isn’t coming to save them. […]