Four Worries of Rural Preppers
Kevin Felts 10.08.18
To some preppers the idea of owning property in a rural area (far away from the nearest city, and nuclear targets), is an end sum goal. The isolation and access to resources, such as hunting and fishing, provides an excellent opportunity to weather just about any type of man made or natural disaster.
However, prepsteaders in rural areas face their own concerns. In this article we are going to discuss various issues preppers in rural areas worry about.
One example, let’s take people evacuating before a hurricane makes landfall. People leaving the cities typically fuel up their vehicles, then proceed along evacuation routes.
When they need to fuel up again, a lot of the people will stop in small towns. After all, those are the only places to get fuel along the routes.
Need food? Stop at rural grocery stores. Small rural towns are quickly drained of resources, such as:
- Bottled water
- Camp stoves… etc.
Small communities may have a super Walmart, but mostly grocery stores large enough for the community. During holidays the Walmart may be cleaned out of certain foods and bottled water. In the face of a disaster supplies disappear at an astonishing rate.
Depending on location, people living in rural areas are barely able to pick up a TV station with an antenna, and maybe a couple of radio stations.
Then there is the lack of support services, such as police and ambulance.
Around a decade ago my elderly aunt fell at her home and was unable to get up. When an ambulance was called, the first responders were unable to find her house. A family member had to drive out to where two roads met, then take them to my aunts house.
During a disaster, emergency services are quickly overwhelmed. Roads may become blocked or washed out, which means nobody gets in or out.
Friends and Family
On of the big concerns is friends and family members being able to get out of the city. Once the family members each the rural bug out location things will be fine, it is just a matter of blocked roads along the way.
For example, when my parents evacuated for Hurricane Rita, what was typically a 90 minute drive took eight hours. All along the evacuation route were cars and trucks that ran out of fuel and had to be abandoned.
Pets and livestock
One of the big concerns is being able to feed pets and livestock, especially dogs. Given enough land, livestock such as goats and chickens can forage, but the family dog is a different story.
While my dogs hunt and will sometimes bring home a partially eaten rabbit, they depend on my wife and I to feed them. Sometimes, my dogs are fed cooked chicken eggs, the chickens do not lay enough eggs for the dogs and my family.
Then there are people who have livestock, but do not have enough land for the livestock to graze. One thing about having extra livestock, the extras can be butchered.
We have only scratched the surface, and some of the other topics will be covered in follow up articles.
When a prepper moved from an urban to rural area they may think a lot of their worries are over. That is simply not true. We deal with a whole new set of worries, which some are similar to urban dwellers, such as pets, while others are different.
One thing is for sure, depending on where the reader is at, they have a list of troubles and worries that others do not.