If you consider yourself a prepper, you’re probably already one step ahead when it comes to thinking about potential disasters. Unfortunately, we’ve reached a point in our society where it feels like it’s only a matter of time before the next big natural disaster occurs.
Whether it’s an uncontrollable wildfire, a tsunami, hurricane, flood, or another weather-related event, there are places across the globe that are safer than others. While moving after a disaster can help keep you safe from future ones, being proactive now and deciding to make a move can protect you and your family immediately.
It’s imperative to have some kind of escape plan in case disaster strikes. For some, that might mean heading to a different location now. For others, it could mean planning out everything you need for a move, but putting things on hold for the time being.
Whatever you decide, let’s look at some of the best places to go, and what to consider before you decide to uproot to a safer location.
Where Should You Go?
Doing your research should be step one in your escape plan. It’s not enough to be prepared to leave without knowing where you should go. If you want to stay in the country, consider places within the country that are resilient to climate change, like:
- Wichita, Kansas
- Boise, Idaho
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Reno, Nevada
- Anchorage, Alaska
You can travel just about anywhere in the country to find a safe place, but it’s important to know what to look for and what to avoid. The best places, in general, include the Upper Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, and New England.
The Upper Midwest is a great option because there will always be water availability thanks to the Great Lakes, and temperatures won’t become unbearably extreme. The Pacific Northwest is another great spot to avoid water scarcity thanks to all the rain it receives. It’s also a great place to avoid natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes. Finally, inner New England puts you at low risk for things like floods, wildfires, heatwaves, and droughts.
When you’re considering where you want to go, combine low-risk areas with places you think would benefit you the most. Think about your mental health and where you would feel the most relaxed and prepared while ensuring your family’s safety.
How Should You Plan?
Once you have a destination in mind, it’s time to start fully preparing to make a move – whether it’s before or after something happens. One of the major things to consider is your financial situation. It’s not uncommon for people in the prepper community to weigh out the pros and cons of prepping against having a retirement plan. Let’s face it, planning for a major move and having everything you need to go with it can get costly very quickly.
If you’re not going to be able to enjoy your retirement where you currently are, the decision becomes easier. You might even consider withdrawing some money from your current 401(k) to prepare for a safe move.
Maybe you’re considering a move to a completely different part of the world. While some areas certainly are safer when it comes to their response to climate change, your finances could be an issue if you don’t plan ahead. Different countries have different forms of currency, including varieties of credit cards. Of course, there are exchange rates and special fees to consider, too. Even if you make a move to the UK, you’ll be charged a transaction fee whenever you use a chip card. It’s just one of the reasons they tend to use more cash than anything else.
When you’re moving somewhere new, having a nest egg is crucial. You may not be able to find work right away or bring in a steady income for some time. Prepping is more than fulfilling your physical needs for a period of time. It’s having the financial means to “make it” somewhere new.
Is it Worth It?
Ultimately, the biggest decision you’ll have to make (sooner rather than later) is deciding whether it’s worth it to move. Maybe you’re wondering if now is the right time, or you should hold off for a while. So, how can you tell if it’s the right decision?
There are a few factors to consider, and two of them we already discussed above. You absolutely need to be in a financially stable situation, or you could find yourself in a world of trouble when you arrive somewhere new.
Additionally, it’s important to look at what certain areas and cities are taking charge and leading the efforts to fight things like climate change and global weather issues that can cause disasters. Do they facilitate zero-waste efforts? Do they feature sustainable transportation options? What are they doing to reduce their CO2 emissions? It doesn’t even matter if they’re at the top of the list currently, as long as they have a clear, laid out plan of what they’re going to do in the future.
How else can you tell if it’s worth it to leave? Consider where you’re living now. There are certain areas of the globe that are more affected by climate change than others. Those areas are at constant high risk of experiencing natural disasters. Some of the countries most impacted by climate change include:
- The Phillippines
These areas of the world are hotbeds for extreme weather events. From 1999-2018, over 500,000 people have died because of those events. So, avoiding these areas might be in your best interest.
Moving to a different city, state, or country is a big decision. Make sure you plan ahead, consider the pros and cons of moving, and decide on the right place to go that is taking initiatives to fight back against the threat of natural disasters.