Rural Prepping: Good vs Bad

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I started this series off in the city and I’ve worked my way out to the rural areas of the country. Like the other articles let’s start by defining what rural means for this topic. Rural areas are usually made up of very large open areas of land with a small concentration of people in little areas, making up the towns, with more in the surrounding countryside. With the clarification of what rural is let’s get this ball rolling with the possible advantages of living in a rural area.

  • Space – One of the things the countryside has is space and lots of it. In some areas the nearest neighbor may be 10 miles or more away. You can have barns, ponds, and other various things you can’t have in the city or a suburb.
  • Garden – You have the potential to have a very large garden with the amount of space they many have available in rural areas.
  • Farm Animals – While some suburbs allowed chickens and rabbits a person in a rural area has a better chance to own real farm animals like cattle, horses, or goats.
  • Wild Animals – For hunting and trapping the rural countryside has many animals from the usual varmints the suburbs have to deer, elk, wild hogs and many varieties of birds.
  • Foraging – As much undeveloped land as there is in a rural area there is plenty of opportunities for finding wild edibles.
  • People – So this advantage of people is a bit different then the city or suburban advantage. In those examples the advantage is having people with skills to draw from. In the rural advantage, it’s that there aren’t many people around. Less people too many preppers equal less hassle.
  • Community – This is the town itself. Depending on the size of your town, your involvement in town activities and how long you’ve been a part of the town you may know 80 percent of the people in town or at least be able to identify people. When people come knocking after a disaster it will be helpful to know at least a little about the people in the area.
  • Death/Disease – In the rural areas people are so spend out that the normal diseases that come with mass death will be harder to transmit from person to person.
  • Garbage – In rural areas you can burn most garbage generated, without being close to your home. This means the pile of garbage shouldn’t get to large and out of control causing health issues.
  • Traffic – If you live in a rural area you are likely already in your BOL, but if you plan to Bug-Out farther into the rural areas the traffic will be much lighter most likely, which means you might have more time to assess the situation before making the call.

That’s a pretty good list of advantages to be a prepper in the rural areas of the country. Many of the disadvantages of the city or suburb are actually advantages for the rural areas. Of course this is an article about the advantages and disadvantages of living or Bugging Out to the rural areas of the world so let’s take a look at the disadvantages of the rural lifestyle.

  • People – While many people that choose the rural lifestyle for living or Bugging Out, it is true that having more people around means the possibility of more skills. If you need a doctor you have a better chance of finding one in the city or suburb.
  • Aid – Since you live the farthest out from the city you will likely be last to receive any aid in the event that the disaster is a short bit of destruction with a terrible aftermath.
  • Water – Cities and suburbs are commonly built near waterways, but that isn’t the case with rural areas. Unless you have a pond, creek, river, or well you may have problems. Rural water will stop working if power is lost that provides water to the tower.
  • Heat/Air – Heating a home in a rural area will likely not be a problem since most have wood burning fireplaces. Cooling off the house is another story. Opening windows is the only option available, but rural areas are not usually as hot as cities and surrounding suburbs and there is not as many buildings to block the wind when it blows.
  • Fire – Fire for the city and suburb was based upon the closeness of the buildings, which you don’t have in a rural area. What you have in a rural area is wide open space of potentially dry grasses. Since fire will be used more there is an increased risk of a wildfire starting and if that happens after a major disaster it may burn out of control quickly.
  • Job – I don’t know if many people think about this, but they should. Most of your good paying jobs are in suburbs and cities. This means a long commute into those areas, where you have to worry about getting home in the event of a disaster.

Not a bad list of disadvantages, but some should be strongly thought about before making a move. Much more space around and less people make some good arguments for living in or Bugging Out to a rural area for some. Ultimately where you decide to live or Bug Out to, is not an easy one, but one that has certain advantages and disadvantages that need to be considered. In the previous articles in this series City Prepping – Good vs Bad and Suburban Prepping Good vs Bad, you will find thoughts on those areas to consider. Please leave a comment and if you have something to add or simply want to discuss.

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