We all do it. Dream about what could be if….
From what I can see the one main area most of us would change is our location. Some want their own farm or smallholding, others want a fully stocked bunker whilst some would go as far as their own island or a boat.
It shows that most of us do not live in our ideal location. I don’t. Although I have done what I can to improve my chances of survival I would move if I had the money. My job and my family influence my location and I would not move far.
For those of us that cannot change our location and are unlikely to ever have the finances we will just have to make do with where we are. Whether we live in our ideal location or not we must identify the risks and mitigate those that we can. Some we have to live with whilst others will nag us because we know they reduce our chances of survival but there is little we can do in our situation.
Sadly, this is life there is no solution for some issues and the best we can do is going to have to do. We may find that it may not be an issue after all but we still have to consider the worse case and cater for that.
Even those that move into their ideal home still face issues. Some created by the move to a new location and each location has its own risks and issues that we have to deal with.
First we have to identify them. Some will be easy and others will need more experience to identify. Remember that for every plus point there is usually an associated negative point. For example; House is situated at the top of a hill, flood risk is zero but you will be visible for miles.
Second we have to evaluate them. What exactly is the likely risk and, importantly, what is the worst case risk. For example; There is a risk that your neighbours could come calling when power runs out but you now that most are elderly and are likely to be taken in by family to be looked after. Worse case though is they will come for help, all of them.
Third we decide what we can do to mitigate the risk. What is possible and how much resource will it take. Perhaps consider phased approaches where we do the minimum possible but have plans to change if that doesn’t work. For example; You have concerns that you will gt raided by the chavs down the road. You could put food in your pantry but you mitigate its loss by storing additional stores in the loft. However, they may search the house so you also have additional stores buried in the back garden.
Fourth we decide if we can live with it or can’t afford to mitigate the risk. Is it really worth bothering about? in some cases it will be easy but others are trickier. For example; You are living out in the country up a difficult to find and get along track. Emergency services just can’t get there easily. A fire, a medical emergency or even getting any help will be difficult.
Finally we must always remember,like every other aspect of what we do to evaluate the situation again every few months and when the situations change. For example; A bunch of Hells Angels move into the farm house about a mile up the road next to you.
Everybodies situation is unique and every locations has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. Each one makes a difference to your chances of survival. Do something now to improve your chances and improve the odds.
If I had the money must not be an excuse to do nothing.