Anonymous said...Choosing to live/work in a high-risk locale and then suffering a disaster is not a BSE, but merely a poor choice for anyone claiming to be a survivalist.I've seen umpteen people online try to justify their decision to work at a refinery ('can't ends meet at a safer job') or live in the ghetto ('but the rent is cheap/I like the nightlife') and ignore the very real risks they face by living (12-14 hours) or working (8-10 hours) in those hazardous locations.E.g., a true 'survivalist' would not have kept working at the Twin Towers following the February 1993 bombing.No amount of 'EDC' gear or any other gadget would have kept you alive if you were at or above the point of impact in the North Tower.
Although academically speaking your statement is correct, I do see why people, even those that consider themselves aware and prepared, sometimes live in less than ideal conditions.
Again, I do see your point and agree with it. I also wouldn’t live in an area where natural disasters are common or in a high priority terrorist target.
Having said that, I lived in a dangerous country like Argentina for many years myslef in spite of knowing well how dangerous it was. I did so having a family and even after publishing a book about modern survivalism, fully understanding that we were living in a part of the world that was just too dangerous.
Why didn’t we leave sooner? Because things just aren’t that easy and I suppose it’s the same for those currently living in areas that are prone to flooding, tornados, earthquakes and such. We just didn’t have the resources yet and we didn’t want to evacuate like refugees, we wanted to relocate on our own terms and it finally worked out just as planned. The experience wasn’t as traumatic for the kids, and I like to think they never felt underprivileged because of it, rather the opposite.
Relocating isn’t easy. You need money, you need a job, you need the cooperation of your family, your wife or older kids must be on board 100% and you need to take into account what you are giving up when leaving your old life behind. Sometimes, in spite of having to live with the added risk of tornados, everything else just works well for you in that area. You have a good job, good life, the kids are happy and you have good schools for them, you have family and friends that have your back. When you throw all those factors into the equation, sometimes it just doesn’t add up so as to justify relocating.