Comment: I disagree with this map's exclusions.

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I disagree with this map's exclusions.

Particularly, he removes large sections of perfectly viable locations simply on the basis of >30% chance of hurricane "damage."

Note, that damage could be something minor like a tree knocked down, a fence blown over (because it wasn't installed properly, or because the tree fell on it) or maybe a broken window or a few missing shingles. It does NOT mean you have a >30% chance of your home being obliterated.

Also he discounts these areas because "government won't be coming to save you."

The problem with that method of thinking should be obvious. Government is no longer a consideration at that point anyway, so to use it's lack of response as a reason to exclude an area is just plain stupid.

Hurricanes don't hit any one particular spot often. And all you'll need to get through an economic collapse is a year or so. The odds are not against you with hurricanes in that area. Most of those locations don't even see a storm once every 10 years, and they don't see anything of any decent destructible force but once every 20-40 years.

In fact, being in a hurricane zone might be beneficial. If you are in a sturdy structure with good drainage and wind blockage, you'll come out relatively unscathed. However, those with no preps and who can't survive without help, won't. It will be a "cleansing" of sorts.

And on that note, to include any county of Florida as "safe" from Hurricanes is laughable. If you are going to exclude interior portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, or portions of the Texas Gulf coast, then you have to exclude ALL of Florida. I think the guy who made this video lives in that part of Florida and just wants to justify to himself that he is safe and others aren't.

I would say the same goes for the tornado exclusions. We just don't get them that often along the gulf coast or even moderately inland. Yes the do happen, but they are rare, and usually not very strong. They also don't wipe out entire parishes/counties or even towns. They are mostly a touch and go sort of system around here- very short lived. Your odds of being a tornado victim around here are slim and none.

The biggest concern you have is #1 FOOD

Let me repeat - FOOD.

You need to be able to provide your crops with at least 1" of rain per week during the growing season.

Note, I said the growing season.

That means you can now include much more of the U.S. on the map as the growing season isn't 52 weeks long.

Certainly, he lists the better places to grow crops. But if they were the only ones, the U.S. wouldn't have settled as quickly as it did, especially east of the Mississippi.

If you don't get enough rain during the growing season, then you need to be near a water source. Being near one anyway helps no matter what for other purposes though.

So living near a river or stream is best, a lake or the ocean second.

If you don't get enough rainfall, but you have a fresh water source, you can use irrigation to grow your food.

Running water can also provide a cheap and easy source of power if you have planned for it.

Everything else is irrelevant if you don't have food and fresh water.

Also, if you are near where food is presently being grown and animals grazed, then you'll be closest to the present sources when distribution networks fail. Your local stores will have food stocks longer than those farther away from the sources.

Second consideration is DEFENSE.

If you can't defend your food and water or your own life, you won't make it.

You need a site that is defensible. That means, you shouldn't be at the bottom of two or three hills. You should be on the TOP of one of those hills.

If you live in flat terrain, then you need to be located where you can use surrounding structures or trees for defense. The better you can manage to either camouflage your location, and/or funnel travelers away from you or into a certain "alley" or area that is not defensible, the better.

If you can put "intruders" into a non-defensible "turkey shoot" predicament, you'll likely survive the urban hoards that will scour the country side for food.

The reason this is a second consideration and not a first is because you "could" live on the run or "go camping" and simply avoid all civilization for a few months. Otherwise, this should be your FIRST concern.


After that, then you need to think about other things such as structures, first aid, etc.