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  • #339


    How many city people do we have? What do you find to be the biggest drawback to prepping in the city? What about the benefits?

    For me, I’ve really enjoyed being part of a neighborhood again after living in the country for almost a decade. That feeling of community is wonderful.

    The downside is that I worry if things went bad, the nicer neighborhood where I live will come under siege from a less nice neighborhood nearby. If there’s already a lot of crime there, how will it be when all rules are gone? Obviously, I have plans A, B, C, and so forth for that.

  • #347

    Jodie Marie

    I live close enough to people to worry but about 15 miles from the bigger areas. I am on and acre but it is not mine. For me the biggest drawback is that while I am lucky to have a well, others are not and the disease will quickly spread without safe water

  • #367

    Mary Jo Greiff

    I lived in one of the better of suburbs of Atlanta during the financial crash of 2008..sadly suicides from the well to doers was very high, taxing of properties went exhorbent, regulations for anyone in city/town limits became overbearing and people were thrown out of their homes because they could not pay their mortgages was normal as the job losses were by the tens of thousands. You had to be either extremely rich and ready or you were the next one to be living under the bridge. Living beyond your means was the norm and keeping up with the Jones’s was the ultimate desire. I have lived both lives – For richer and for poorer..I’d rather be the awaken in betweener – been there done that

  • #373


    Hi I live in the middle of the mountains on a resort 12 minutes from a small town of less then 5000.The house is company owned but if things went sideways we may have to stay which would be fine with me.😊 But if not the question is….where?. My answer to that is to redo the 33 foot travel trailer we got for a dime

  • #377

    Leah Underwood

    We live in a small town in California but we’re right off a major highway and 20 minutes north or south of us are large cities. It’s an amazing close-knit community. We’d love to move into the country but it’s all ag land around us and REALLY expensive. We’re planning on selling and retiring outside of California.

  • #402


    Leah, I loved living in California, aside from prices, taxes, and silly laws. I lived in what sounds like a very similar community. Some of the best people around and I’m still close friends with many from my home there.

  • #508


    We’re in sillycon valley. Right in the heart of the tech industry, on a quarter acre lot. I love most of my neighbors but I do worry about what will happen if SHTF. My meat rancher has given me permission to come there with the family so that’s what we’d probably do.

  • #519


    I believe if you’re urban the problems you will encounter far outnumber the advantages of living in a community.
    If you are rural, you’d better be far away from urban areas or those urban problems will come to you.
    No easy answers and everyone’s situation is different. I think the bottom line is, we’d better be tough enough physically, mentally, and emotionally to tackle the problems we will be confronted with in a collapse situation or we’ll wish we had been.

  • #559


    Regardless of where a person lives, a water supply that is independent of the use of electricity is mandatory for survival. Most urban and suburban areas make this a real challenge.

  • #569


    Town of 12000, surrounded by a lot of nothing.

    Urban? Sort of.

    We actually moved into town from 10 miles out. It wasn’t vision of perfection that many assume.

    With three kids, the trips to town were constant, school activities, sports, work, grocery shopping and more.
    We were easily dropping $400 a month in gas. We won’t even go into the heating bill in the rental place. But between the two we were paying more than the payment on the house we were trying to sell from where we left.

    No cell phone reception, limited internet access, it just didn’t work.
    Especially with kids.

    The water supply, while it had its own well had to be double filtered because of the high sulphur content.
    Even then, still nasty.

    Town has its advantages.

  • #588

    Jan Man

    Here in England,we live 7 miles North of a city.We are rural,but close enough to civilisation! We are a small island compared the the USA,so many of us have to deal with where we are.

  • #2614

    Tarra Matyas

    I live in the far north part of a booming metropolis. We aren’t rural but about a close to the ‘edge’ as possible but still in the city. Of course there are security concerns, however due to family commitments and taking care of my elderly mother- this is where we shall remain. Security is in place, we are friendly with neighbors and have a plan with like minded folks. Food, medical, sundries essentials are stocked and e can currently go several months to a year. Our challenge is water. I am in the low desert of Arizona. There is a pool in my yard that will assist with some daily needs. There is water stored in every spare crevice in my home, but in the end when it is 118 degrees for a month straight and we might already be several months into SHTF- that is my biggest looming fear/concern.

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